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Tackling Tax Reform – Part II: The Legislative Process

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

On April 11, 2017, we discussed what constitutes Tax Reform. In this blog post, we will explore the process by which Tax Reform will likely be created. After reading this post, if it seems to you that the legislative process...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - February 2017 #3

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Act 188 Plans On Hold as New Chemical Bill is Introduced - Nearly three years after the legislature passed a law to regulate children’s products containing chemicals of high concern, a web site intended to inform the...more

Trump HHS Secretary - Confirmation Process & Next Steps

by Bryan Cave on

Over the past two weeks, Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) completed his confirmation hearings before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance as well the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committees. The...more

Senate Finance Committee to Vote on Price HHS Nomination

by Reed Smith on

On January 31, 2017, the Senate Finance Committee is set to vote on the nomination of Rep. Thomas Price to be Secretary of Health and Human Services....more

SC Public Policy Update - January 2017 #2

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

What's New - SENATE - The Senate spent the week working at the committee level in an effort to move bills to the floor for debate. Members will return to meeting in regular session on Tuesday, January 24th....more

West Coast Real Estate Update: January 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Proposed Landmark Rules Could Make LA Redevelopment More Difficult - Los Angeles City Council Member Jose Huizar has proposed a new set of rules that could make it more difficult for owners of historic properties in Los...more

Senate Democrats Press Treasury Secretary Nominee Mnunchin for Views on Bank Regulation and Fair Lending Laws

by Goodwin on

On December 21, 2016, the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), sent a pointed letter to President-elect Trump’s nominee for Treasury Secretary, Steven...more

Senate Finance Committee Releases Report on Concurrent and Overlapping Surgeries

by King & Spalding on

On December 6, 2016, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued a Committee staff report detailing concurrent and overlapping surgery practices. The report also offers...more

Client Alert: CMS to Physicians: QPP Reporting 2017 "Have it Your Way"

On August 8, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced in a blog post reminiscent of a Burger King commercial that physicians and other clinicians can indeed “have it their way” when reporting for...more

The Physician’s Self-Referral Law – Are Changes Finally Coming?

by Snell & Wilmer on

The Physician Self-Referral Law, also known as the Stark law, prohibits a physician from referring federal health care program patients for “designated health services” to an entity in which the physician (or an immediate...more

Recent Congressional Hearings

by Reed Smith on

Congressional committees held hearings on a wide variety of on health policy issues this month before going on summer recess. Notable hearings include the following...more

Senate Finance Committee Explores Revisions to Stark Law

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

At a July 12, 2016 hearing entitled “Examining the Stark Law: Current Issues and Opportunities,” members of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee expressed openness to potentially significant amendments to the Stark Law aimed at...more

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Releases White Paper Examining Potential Reforms to the Stark Law

by King & Spalding on

On June 30, 2016, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch released a white paper examining potential reforms to the Federal Stark law. The white paper, entitled “Why Stark, Why Now? Suggestions to Improve the Stark...more

Senate Committee Releases Report on Potential Stark Law Changes, Hearing Scheduled

On June 30, 2016, the Senate Finance Committee’s Republican staff issued a 20-page report discussing comments made by industry stakeholders after a December 2015 round-table on the future of the physician self-referral law,...more

Recent Congressional Health Policy Hearings

by Reed Smith on

Recent Congressional hearings focusing on health policy topics include the following: - ..House Energy and Commerce Committee hearings on HHS cybersecurity responsibilities, Medicare and Medicaid program integrity, the...more

Finance Committee Report Places Medical Device Arrangements under Increasing Scrutiny

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Hospitals and providers participating in physician-owned distributorships, or “PODs” may be at increased risk for government investigation or enforcement. A Senate Finance Committee (SFC) Report issued this month highlights...more

Physician-Owned Distributor (POD) Update

by Reed Smith on

For some time, we have been reporting on issues involving federal government scrutiny of physician-owned distributors ("PODs"). From the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s ("OIG") issuance...more

Senate Finance Report Puts another Nail in the POD Coffin

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On May 10, 2016, the Senate Finance Committee Majority Staff released a long-awaited report entitled “Physician Owned Distributorships: An Update on Key Issues and Areas of Congressional Concern” (Report). The Report follows...more

A New Way to Reduce Your Tariffs? House Ways & Means Committee Takes a Step Forward

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The House Ways & Means Trade Subcommittee held a hearing on April 14, to consider a new process for the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), which temporarily reduces or eliminates tariffs on qualifying imported products. The...more

Cybersecurity and Data Privacy: Senate Finance Committee to Take Up Cybersecurity Legislation (4/16)

The New York State Senate Committee on Finance is set to take up two new bills this week relating to cybersecurity. The first bill, S.3405-A, would mandate that a cybersecurity assessment/report be prepared by the...more

SC Public Policy Update - March 2016 #3

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

What's New - SENATE - The Senate spent the week on the floor working on a compromise to S .997, a bill by Senator Lee Bright (R-Spartanburg) that would track refugees that are located in South Carolina. Senators...more

Concurrent Surgeries Under Review by the Senate Finance Committee

by King & Spalding on

Senator Orrin G. Hatch, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, recently sent inquiries to 20 hospital systems throughout the country, asking for detailed information and records regarding concurrent surgeries. Concurrent...more

SC Public Policy Update - March 2016 #2

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

What's New - SENATE - Senate floor debate this week was dominated by S. 997, a bill by Senator Lee Bright (R-Spartanburg) that would require refugees to register with the Department of Social Services via a public...more

Washington Healthcare Update

by McGuireWoods LLP on

This Week: The President took a victory lap in Wisconsin, announcing that 20 million people have gained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act... That figure includes people newly covered through insurance...more

Senate Considering Bill to Speed Medicare Claims Appeals

by Baker Ober Health Law on

In early December of last year, Orrin Hatch (Senate Finance Committee Chairman, R-UT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the Audit and Appeals Fairness, Integrity, and Reforms in Medicare Act of 2015 (AFFIRM Act). The purpose of...more

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