Medicare Part D

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MedPAC Met to Discuss Part B Drug Payment Policies and Other Issues

On November 5 and 6, 2015, MedPAC held its monthly meeting in Washington, D.C. to discuss Medicare issues and policy questions, develop and approve reports, and make recommendations to Congress. Among the topics discussed...more

Medicare Open Enrollment Means It's Time to Shop Around

Are you happy with your Medicare coverage? Could you get a better plan for less money? It is time to review whether your plan or plans are working for you. Medicare's open enrollment period, in which you can enroll in or...more

Health Care Update - October 2015

Senate Working Group Pressing Forward on Telehealth - As Congress focuses on bigger picture policy decisions, including broad budget negotiations and raising the debt ceiling, there are some exciting developments on the...more

Washington Healthcare Update

Elections for Speaker of the House and Potential Changes at Ways and Means Committee - Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced Tuesday (Oct. 20) that he will run for the House Speaker position if the major House Republican...more

Health Care Update - October 2015

Cuts in Mandatory Entitlement Programs Center of Budget Negotiations: As budget negotiators from both sides of the Hill come together to work out a two-year budget deal, determining how sequestration relief will be paid for...more

CMS Takes First Step to Reduce Payments for Clinical Laboratory Tests

CMS recently published a proposed rule that would substantially revise the methodology used to pay for clinical laboratory tests that continue to be compensated separately by Medicare. Medicare Program; Medicare Clinical...more

CMS Releases RFA for First Value-Based Payment Initiative for Managed Medicare

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) payment testing and innovation arm, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), just released its Request for Applications (RFA) for its payment demonstration...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - October 2015 #3

CMS Announces Part D Enhanced Medication Therapy Management Model Demonstration – On September 28, 2015, CMS announced a Part D Enhanced Medication Therapy Management Model (Enhanced MTM Model) that is designed to assess...more

The Next Rx: New Medicare Part D Initiative Advances Role of Medication Management in Reform

Medicare Part D’s Medication Therapy Management (MTM) program intends to optimize clinical benefits and avoid drug-related problems among eligible beneficiaries. MTM services—involving pharmaceutical and clinical...more

Comparison Shopping for Medicare Drug Coverage

For many people, autumn is the season for enrollment in a medical insurance plan. Everyone, whether you’re 25 or 85, whether you’re covered through an employer plan, a state insurance exchange, private insurance or Medicare,...more

CMS Announces Medicare Part D Medication Therapy Management Innovation Model

The latest CMS “innovation model” will test whether providing Medicare Part D prescription drug plan (PDP) sponsors with financial incentives and flexibility with regard to medication therapy management (MTM) program...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Congress Avoids a Government Shutdown... House and Senate Approves Measure to Expand the Affordable Care (ACA) Act Small Group Market to 100 Employees...Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurers to Receive Only...more

Why Industry Drug-Assistance Programs Are a Sham

You probably heard about the recent price hike for a drug critical to AIDS patients when the manufacturer sold it to an evil hedge fund manager who promptly marked it up 5,000%. This prompted Los Angeles Times columnist...more

CMS Proposes Overhaul of Clinical Lab Payment Methodology: What You Need To Know

On Friday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a long-awaited proposed rule that would drastically change the payment rates for clinical laboratory services beginning January 1, 2017 (the “Proposed...more

MedPAC Convenes to Discuss Open Payments, Payment for Post-Acute Care, and Other Issues

On September 10-11, 2015, MedPAC held a meeting to discuss several issues related to the Medicare program, including (1) improving the Open Payments program, which makes public the payments from drug and device manufacturers...more

CMS to Test Value-Based Insurance Design in Medicare Advantage

While CMS’s demonstration model will allow for reduced cost sharing and other benefit design elements to encourage targeted use of high-value clinical services, Medicare Advantage Organizations should be aware of certain...more

New Value-Based Insurance Design Model for Medicare Advantage Plans Is the First of Multiple Medicare Plan Innovations Anticipated...

On September 1, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced[1] the opportunity for plan sponsors to test value-based insurance design (“VBID”) in the Medicare Advantage (“MA”) market. VBID refers to...more

Know Your Options Before Signing Up for Medicare

As you get ready to turn 65, you may be inundated with information about Medicare. All this information is confusing, but it is important to do your research before choosing your plan. If you aren’t fully informed, you could...more

September and October 2015 Filing and Notice Deadlines for Qualified Retirement and Health and Welfare Plans

Employers and plan sponsors must comply with numerous filing and notice deadlines for their retirement and health and welfare plans. Failure to comply with these deadlines can result in costly penalties. To avoid such...more

OIG Approves Limited, Free Drug Program

On August 12, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued Advisory Opinion 15-11, approving two pharmaceutical manufacturers’ free starter drug program. Citing the limited scope...more

OIG Issues Advisory Opinion Regarding Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Program to Provide Free Limited Drugs to Beneficiaries When...

On August 12, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) posted Advisory Opinion No. 15-11, finding that a program to supply a limited amount of free cancer drugs to federal health...more

OIG Will Not Impose Sanctions on Entities for Program That Provides Free Drugs to Patients Experiencing Delayed Insurance...

On August 5, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office of Inspector General (“OIG) issued Advisory Opinion No. 15-11 (the “Opinion”) in response to a request by pharmaceutical manufacturers that...more

Court Imposes Potentially Unworkable Burden on Providers Under ACA's Report and Return Rule

In Kane ex rel. U.S. v. Healthfirst, Inc., the federal district court for the Southern District of New York (District Court or Court) provided on August 3 the first and long-awaited interpretation as to when a health care...more

Kane and the “60-Day Rule”: The Unforgiving World of Medicare and Medicaid Overpayments

The Southern District of New York has spoken on one of the first issues to confront those seeking compliance with the new “60-day rule” under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and it does not bode well for defendant hospitals...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Bipartisan Senate Letter Questions HHS and CMS on Details of State ACA Waivers...OMB Is Reviewing Final Medicaid-Covered Outpatient Drug Rule...Delaware Forgoes Transition to State-Based Exchange....more

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