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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

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

A&B Healthcare Week In Review, September 2015

On September 25, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule entitled “Medicare Program: Medicare Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Tests Payment System”. This proposed rule would...more

Kmart Settlement Shows Breadth of Healthcare Practices Government Says Violate False Claims Act

A recent settlement by retailer Kmart Corp. illustrates the breadth of practices in the healthcare space that the government considers to be illegal kickbacks that violate the False Claims Act (FCA). The U.S. Department of...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing Focuses on Health Insurers Merger... Arkansas to Delay Setting Up Its Own State Exchange...The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Announces Medicare Advantage...more

Drastic Changes in "Patient" Definition as HHS Releases the Long-Awaited Proposed 340B Omnibus Guidance

After years of fits and starts, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has finally released its proposed omnibus guidance for the 340B Drug Discount...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

Health Care Update - August 2015 #2

Major Medicaid Drug Payment Rule Under OMB Review: Last week a highly anticipated rule that could set the standards for the Medicaid Drug Rebate program arrived at the White House for final review. The Medicaid Outpatient...more

GAO Report Concludes Prescribing Incentives Exist at 340B Hospitals

According to a report released July 6, 2015 by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), hospitals that qualify to participate in the 340B Drug Pricing Program by virtue of their serving a disproportionate share of...more

Health Update - July 2015

Lessons From the Frontlines: Strategies for Supporting Informed Consumer Decision-Making in the Health Insurance Marketplace - Editor's Note: As marketplaces prepare for the third open enrollment period, consumers are...more

GAO Recommends Congress Reduce Incentives for Prescribing 340B Drugs

The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report entitled “Medicare Part B Drugs: Action Needed to Reduce Financial Incentives to Prescribe 340B Drugs at Participating Hospitals” (“the...more

GAO Report Examines Hospital Financial Incentives to Prescribe 340B Drugs to Medicare Beneficiaries

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report examining financial and other characteristics of hospitals that participate in the 340B Drug Pricing Program, focusing on disproportionate share hospitals (DSH)...more

Revised House 21st Century Cures Bill Released Ahead of House Vote

Later this week, the House of Representatives is expected to consider the H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act. Ahead of the House vote, the House Rules Committee released a revised version of the bill with new funding offsets...more

Part D Woes, According to the OIG

On June 23, 2015, the OIG issued two reports focusing on fraud, waste, and abuse in the Part D program, the first “Ensuring the Integrity of Medicare Part D” and the second “Questionable Billing Practices and Geographic...more

Pharmacy Benefit Manager Group Opposes 21st Century Cures Act’s Cost Offset

The trade coalition representing pharmacy benefit managers is raising concerns about major bipartisan legislation aimed at streamlining the approval of new medicines and medical devices. However, the Pharmaceutical Care...more

What does "will be insured" actually mean?

Balancing obligations to provide health and life insurance benefits to retirees with other legitimate business needs can be tricky. Although retirees depend on the benefits, employers may need to modify benefit plans for...more

HRSA Proposes Civil Monetary Penalties for Drug Manufacturers that Overcharge 340B Covered Entities

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a notice of proposed rulemaking impacting the 340B Drug Pricing Program (340B Program) on June...more

Dentists Who Write Prescriptions Must Make a Decision: Enroll in Medicare or Opt-Out

If you are a dentist who writes prescriptions to Medicare beneficiaries for drugs covered under Medicare Part D, this article contains important information for you and your patients regarding your new enrollment requirements...more

CMS Proposes Overhaul of Medicaid and CHIP Managed Care Rules

On May 26, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to overhaul the regulations governing Medicaid managed care and make conforming changes to the rules that...more

NDRC Issued Opinions and Notice on Drug Price Reform

On May 4, 2015, the National Development and Reform Commission (“NDRC”) and seven agencies including the National Health and Family Planning Commission and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security jointly published...more

The Saga Continues: CMS Further Delays Enforcement of Medicare Enrollment Requirements for Prescribers of Part D Drugs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on June 1, 2015, published its “Medicare Part D Prescriber Enrollment Requirement Update” (Update). The Update further delays—until June 1, 2016—enforcement of the regulatory...more

CMS Guidance on Beneficiary MA Drug Plan Disenrollments by Long Term Care Facilities

CMS has released guidance for long term care (LTC) facilities, including nursing facilities and skilled nursing facilities, on beneficiary disenrollments. According to the guidance, “CMS continues to see an unacceptable...more

HHS Revises, Delays Medicare Enrollment Requirements for Part D Prescriptions

The Affordable Care Act authorized the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to require a physician, dentist or other healthcare provider to be enrolled in the Medicare program before they can issue a prescription...more

CMS Issues Interim Final Rule Reaffirming Requirements for Prescribers of Part D Drugs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on May 6, 2015, published an interim final rule with comment period (Interim Rule) modifying the regulatory requirement that health care professionals enroll in or opt out of...more

340B ‘Mega-Guidance’ Arrives at OMB

On May 6, 2015, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) submitted guidance on the 340B Federal Drug Pricing Program (340B Program) to the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. ...more

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