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MedPAC Releases Report to Congress on Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System

In June, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) released their final annual report to Congress detailing recommendations on a variety of Medicare payment system issues....more

Pharmaceutical Industry-Sponsored Meals and Prescribing Rates: New Research Shows Link

A new report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has noted a link between pharmaceutical industry payments to physicians and prescribing rates for brand-name medication. Specifically, the study...more

MedPAC Issues Recommendations on Medicare Drug, Post-Acute Care, and Other Payment Policies

MedPAC has released its June 2016 Report to the Congress on Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System. The report includes recommendations for a number of Medicare policy reforms and analyses of various health care market...more

HHS Issues Final Rule on ACA Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities

On May 18, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued final regulations interpreting the nondiscrimination provisions of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). The rule mainly impacts insurers...more

OIG Releases Mid-Year Update to its FY 2016 Work Plan

The HHS OIG has updated its FY 2016 Work Plan to reflect new and/or completed items since initial release of the FY 2016 Work Plan in November 2015. For instance, the mid-year update indicates that the OIG plans to conduct...more

HHS Finalizes ACA Nondiscrimination Protections for HHS Programs

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has published a final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age,...more

Seventh Circuit Finds that Pharmacy Discount Programs Are Not Exempt from the Definition of “Usual and Customary”

Created in 2006, Medicare Part D is a government program that subsidizes the cost of prescription drugs to Medicare beneficiaries. The program is run through “Plan Sponsors” – private entities that receive a fixed monthly...more

Mass Appeal of Off Label Use

Hardly a week goes by without our blogging about accusations of off label promotion. This week is no exception. On Monday, we discussed a nice New York opinion rejecting a plaintiff argument that off label promotion saved a...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On May 6, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an interim final rule entitled, “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Amendments to Special...more

Newly Released FAQs Address Health Plan Compliance Issues

The questions address a wide range of issues, including preventive care, coverage for clinical trials, required disclosures, the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act, rescissions, reference pricing and mental health parity...more

OIG Continues its Focus on GIP Abuse: What Hospice Providers Need to Know

On March 31, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report on hospice billing for general inpatient care (GIP). According to the OIG, hospices billed Medicare for...more

OIG Examines Hospice Medicare Billing for General Inpatient Care

According to a recent OIG report, hospices billed inappropriately almost one-third of Medicare general inpatient care (GIP) stays in 2012, resulting in $268 million in inappropriate Medicare payments. The GIP level of care...more

CMS Issues Final 2017 Medicare Advantage Capitation Rates and Medicare Advantage/Part D Payment Policies

CMS has issued its final 2017 Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D Rate Announcement and Call Letter, which includes a series of policy and payment changes related to these programs. CMS estimates that the final policies will...more

MedPAC Approves Post-Acute Care, Part D Reform Recommendations

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recently proposed revisions to the Medicare Part A post-acute care and Medicare Part D outpatient drug benefits. A final report to Congress detailing these recommendations...more

CMS Finalizes 2017 Medicare Advantage Capitation Rates

On April 4, 2016, CMS released the final Medicare Advantage and Part D Prescription Drug Program payment and policy changes for 2017 (the “Final Notice”). In doing so, CMS announced a 0.85 percent increase in 2017 Medicare...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: MedPAC votes on changes in Part D... Senate HELP Committee reports five “Cures” bills... One report shows uninsured number decreasing... Another says, but we still need the safety net. ...more

New Medicare Part B Payment Model is Most Recent Payor Response to Increasing Drug Prices

Recent activity by the federal government along with commercial payors may be indicative of further changes to how payors, providers, and pharmaceutical manufacturers engage in prescription drug arrangements. A recently...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On April 4, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Final Calendar Year (CY) 2017 Medicare Advantage Capitation Rates and Medicare Advantage (MA) and...more

MedPAC Releases Annual Recommendations to Congress on Medicare Policy

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has released its annual recommendations to Congress on Medicare policies, including Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) payment updates and a status report on the Medicare...more

CMS Delays Enforcement of Medicare Part D Prescriber Enrollment Requirement Until February 1, 2017

CMS is delaying until February 1, 2017 enforcement of previously-adopted regulations that require physicians and other eligible professionals who prescribe Part D drugs to be enrolled in Medicare (or have a valid opt-out...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On March 24, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a guidance entitled, “Draft Guidance for Industry: General Principles for Evaluating the Abuse Deterrence of Generic...more

Drug Company Payments and Prescribing Patterns Linked, Massachusetts Is An Outlier

As reported in yesterday’s Boston Globe, compared to national averages, Massachusetts physicians are less likely to receive payments or items of value from pharmaceutical companies and less likely to be heavy prescribers of...more

CMS Proposes Part B Drug Payment Model

On March 8, 2016, CMS released a proposed rule on implementation of a new two-phase Medicare Part B Drug Payment Model (the “Model”) that would test whether alternative payment approaches would lead to a reduction in Medicare...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Drug pricing remains a focus as CMS rolls out a demonstration project for Part B drugs... The Senate passes The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and Senate Cures legislation moves forward... Senate...more

Health Care Fraud and Abuse Enforcement Priorities in Minnesota

United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota, Andrew Luger, spoke at a public event on March 3, 2016, at Mitchell-Hamline School of Law on the topic of health care fraud & abuse enforcement priorities in Minnesota....more

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