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OIG Again Calls for Reforms to Medicare SNF Reimbursement Policy

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) continues to question the appropriateness of payments to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) under the Medicare SNF prospective payment system (PPS). Based on Medicare Part A SNF claims...more

OIG Calls for CMS to Reform Payment for Skilled Nursing Facility Services

The Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) issued a report on September 30, 2015, that calls for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reform payment for...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 Releases Proposed Rule Reforming Medicare CLFS Payment Rates

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released a proposed rule [CMS-1621-P] in accordance with Section 216 of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (“PAMA”), which establishes a new payment methodology...more

“Two-Midnight” Rule Needs Tweaking, Says Federal Judge

A Federal Judge found that the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) failed to comply with the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) when it cut hospital inpatient payments by 0.2% as part of its “two-midnight” rule. ...more

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

FDA and CDC Issue An Alert on Properly Cleaning Medical Devices – On September 11, 2015, the CDC and FDA issued a joint advisory alerting providers and facilities about properly cleaning medical devices, due to concern with...more

CMS Issues Proposed Rule Significantly Modifying the Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities Participating in the Medicare and...

On July 16, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a proposed rule comprehensively updating and extensively revising the requirements for participation for long term care (“LTC”) facilities...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - September 2015 #4

The Massachusetts Marketplace takes steps to ease consumer confusion by reducing choice among QHPs; North Carolina appears poised to pass Medicaid reform legislation; and bipartisan support is gaining for defining businesses...more

Giving Your Physician Agreements a Check-Up

On June 9, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued a fraud alert regarding physician compensation relationships and potential liability for illegal kickbacks under the...more

Precision Medicine - Even Medicare Will Pay for It!

President Barack Obama announced in his 2015 State of the Union address that he was introducing a new Precision Medicine Initiative, supported with over $200 million in the proposed 2016 federal budget. "Precision Medicine"...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. New Interim DEP Commissioner - On Tuesday, September 8, at 4:30 pm Avery Day was sworn in as...more

Prosecuting Doctors for Medicare Fraud

Federal prosecutors have turned their attention to physicians for Medicare fraud prosecution. Physicians who participate in the Medicare program have to be aware of the significant risks of Medicare fraud....more

KMART Settles False Claims Act Allegations for $1.4 Million

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced that KMART Corp. (Kmart) has paid $1.4 million to settle a qui tam lawsuit brought by a former Kmart pharmacist under the False Claims Act (FCA). The lawsuit alleged...more

The Affordable Care Act After King v. Burwell: With Chaos Avoided in the Near Term, What Does the Future Hold For Health Reform?

On June 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ended the latest legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) with its 6–3 ruling in King v. Burwell. With Chief Justice Roberts writing for the majority, the Supreme Court held...more

HRSA Publishes 340B Drug Pricing Program Omnibus Guidance Notice: Significant Policy Ramifications Should Trigger Public Comment

On August 28, 2015, the Health Services Resources Administration (“HRSA”) published its 340B Drug Pricing Program Omnibus Guidance Notice in the Federal Register. Although many aspects of the Notice reiterate previous HRSA...more

Omnibus Proposed Guidance Released for 340B Drug Pricing Program

Last week, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), part of HHS, released proposed new guidance for covered entities enrolled in the 340B Drug Pricing Program, as well as drug manufacturers required to make...more

OIG Issues Advisory Opinion No. 15-12: Free Home Health Provider Visits Do Not Violate Anti-Kickback Statute

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) recently issued a new advisory opinion finding that free introductory visits (the “Introductory Visits”) for patients offered by a home health...more

HHS Releases Long-Awaited 340B Proposed Guidance

In August 27, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the long-awaited and much-anticipated proposed 340B Drug Pricing Program (340B Program) Omnibus Guidance (Proposed Guidance). The Proposed...more

Omnibus 340B Guidance Raises New Issues for Covered Entities

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its proposed 340B Drug Pricing Program Omnibus Guidance (Omnibus Guidance) on August 28, 2015. The Omnibus Guidance offers comprehensive – and, in some cases, new –...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - August 2015

Editor's Overview - As the summer draws to a close, this month's Newsletter previews three cases that the U.S. Supreme Court already has agreed to hear that ought to be of particular interest to ERISA plan sponsors and...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: FDA Begins Device User Fee Talks with Patients and Consumers Sept. 15... CMS Extends Partial Enforcement Delay of Two-Midnight Policy Through 2015... Alaska Legislature Sues Governor Over Medicaid Expansion....more

Florida Nursing Home Pays Record Settlement to Resolve Federal Anti-Kickback Case

In a recent case Hebrew Homes Health Network, Inc. and its former president and executive Director agreed to pay $17 million to settle allegations that Hebrew Homes violated the federal anti-kickback statute. According to the...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - August 2015 #2

Reductions in uninsured rates are greatest in states with Medicaid expansions and State-based or State Partnership Marketplaces; Kentucky finds increased use of preventive healthcare following Medicaid expansion; and,...more

Hospitals Required to Notify Medicare Beneficiaries of Observation Status

The NOTICE Act (Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility) has been signed into law as of August 6, 2015. The Act requires hospitals to provide oral and written notice to patients within 36 hours of...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - August 2015

Increased plan choice on is linked to lower premium growth; Arizona seeks changes to Medicaid expansion; and California and New York release detailed Marketplace and Medicaid enrollment reports....more

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