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Washington, D.C. Update – June 2017

by Baker Donelson on

Having returned from its Memorial Day recess, Congress now enters one of the longest continuous work periods of the year and – with the exception of the week of the Fourth of July – will likely be in session until the end of...more

Senate Releases Repeal and Replace Legislation on ACA: The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

After weeks of secrecy, the Senate has released a discussion draft of legislation that is the counterpart of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) previously passed by the House. The Senate legislation, entitled the Better Care...more

The Circuits are Split: The Ambiguity of a Regulation May Not ‘Foreclose a Finding of Scienter’ in False Claims Act Cases

by K&L Gates LLP on

A split now exists among the circuit courts as to whether a defendant’s assertion of a “reasonable interpretation defense” precludes a finding of a “knowing” mens rea under the False Claims Act (the “FCA”). On May 26, 2017,...more

Round Two: Significant Telehealth Expansion Re-Proposed in Bipartisan Senate Bill

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On May 3, 2017, the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies for Health Act of 2017 (S. 1016) (CONNECT Act of 2017) was reintroduced by the same six senators who had initially introduced the...more

Electronic Health Records Vendor Agrees to $155 Million Settlement to Resolve FCA Allegations, Required to Make Free Upgrades to...

by King & Spalding on

On May 31, 2017, the DOJ announced a $155 million settlement with eClinicalWorks (ECW), one of the nation’s largest electronic health records (EHR) vendors, to resolve a False Claims Act lawsuit brought by a whistleblower. ...more

"Locum Tenens" Physical Therapist – Does the Change Provide Sufficient Relief?

by Baker Ober Health Law on

CMS recently published guidance to implement Section 16006 of the 21st Century Cures Act, effective June 13, 2017, which allows physical therapists providing services to Medicare beneficiaries to utilize "locum tenens"...more

Senate Finance Committee Advances Bipartisan CHRONIC Care Act

by Baker Donelson on

On May 18, the Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017 (S. 870). The bipartisan bill aims to modernize care...more

After Escobar, Lower Courts Build On The “Materiality” Analysis for False Claims Act Lawsuits

by Saul Ewing LLP on

It’s been just over a year since the Supreme Court’s seminal False Claims Act (“FCA”) decision Universal Health Servs., Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar. In the wake of Escobar, the lower courts are confronted with...more

The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 vs. The American Health Care Act: Summary of Key Differences

On June 22, 2017, Senate Republicans released a discussion draft of their proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), titled the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017” (BCRA). Beyond the title change,...more

Genesis Healthcare Settlement with Federal Government

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On June 16th, 2017, The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced a $53.6 million dollar settlement with Genesis Healthcare Inc. (“Genesis”) over six federal whistleblower lawsuits alleging that subsidiaries of the...more

CMS Suggests Five Ways For Healthcare Providers To Prepare For New Medicare Cards

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 requires Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) to remove Social Security Numbers (“SSNs”) from all Medicare cards. Physicians currently use a SSN-based...more

Senate Republicans Release Bill to "Repeal and Replace" the Affordable Care Act

by Littler on

On June 22, 2017, Senate Republicans released a draft of their legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). After the House narrowly passed its version of ACA overhaul legislation, the American Health...more

Senate GOP’s Health Care Plan Reshapes House’s Bill to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act

by Epstein Becker & Green on

When the House of Representatives narrowly passed H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), and shipped it across the Capitol for the Senate’s consideration, key senators said they intended to write their own bill...more

Value-based health care: fraud & abuse laws

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Michael Lampert, Ropes & Gray health care partner, discusses fraud and abuse law application to value-based health care arrangements. __ Much has been made about how the fraud and abuse laws, which were designed in order...more

Uncle Sam’s bad reverse: nursing homes returning to forced arbitration

Look out Baby Boomers and Gen Xers: Just when you or your elderly loved ones may be most vulnerable and needing nursing home care, the government is going back to allowing nursing home administrators to push a pile of...more

OIG Reports More Than $731 Million in Inappropriate Medicare Meaningful Use Payments

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program run by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) garnered attention again last week following the release of a report by the Office of Inspector General of the US...more

Blog: Nevada Enacts Transparency Bill Targeting Diabetes Drug Price Increases, Sales Representatives, PBMs, Nonprofit...

by Cooley LLP on

As we discussed last week, Nevada’s Governor has signed into law SB 539, which provides sweeping transparency legislation related to several aspects of the pharmaceutical industry. Nevada joins several other states in...more

MedPAC Takes Anti-POD Stance in Report to Congress, Echoing an Increasingly Uniform Consensus

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On June 15, 2017, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), a non-partisan group that advises Congress on Medicare policy, released its annual Report to the Congress on Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System...more

Senate Finance Committee Approves CHRONIC Care Act

by King & Spalding on

On May 18, 2017, the Senate Finance Committee passed the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017, a bipartisan bill focused on improving care for chronically ill...more

Court Puts the Brakes on Whistleblower's FCA Parking Claims

by Baker Ober Health Law on

The Department of Justice (DOJ) reports that, in fiscal year 2016 ending September 30, it obtained more than $4.7 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud and false claims. More than half of this...more

"Meaningfully Useful" Risk Mitigation Strategies for Providers Following the eClinicalWorks Settlement

by Jones Day on

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act ("HITECH Act") established financial incentives under Medicare and Medicaid for eligible health care providers that adopt, implement, and demonstrate use...more

Medicare Payment Advisory Commission Studying Payments To Stand-Alone Emergency Departments

by King & Spalding on

Mark Miller, MedPAC’s Executive Director, testified before the House Ways and Means Committee last week to discuss MedPAC’s Annual Report to Congress, Medicare Payment Policy, which was released March 15, 2017. ...more

First Look at OIG’s FY 2017 Fraud Recoveries/Enforcement Activities

by Reed Smith on

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) expects its investigative recoveries during the first half of fiscal year (FY) 2017 to top $2.04 billion – which is down from $2.77 billion for the first half of FY 2016. During this...more

OIG Targets Additional Medicare/Medicaid Policy Areas for Review

by Reed Smith on

The OIG has added 18 reviews to its FY 2017 Work Plan – most of which target CMS programs, with a particular emphasis on prescription drug policies. For instance, the OIG now intends to examine the following Medicare and...more

Congressional Hearings, Markups Focus on Chronic Care, Drug Pricing, HHS Budget, Other Health Programs

by Reed Smith on

House and Senate committees have held a number of hearings recently to focus on health policy topics, including the following: - A Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee hearing on “The Cost of Prescription...more

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