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Assessing President Trump’s “Executive Order Promoting Health Care Choice and Competition”

On October 12, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order (the “Order”) designed to “promote healthcare choice and competition across the United States,” which in effect will allow many Americans to sidestep...more

MACRA Physician Payment Reform: Time to Take Stock of What Is Working and What Changes Are Needed

In April 2015, Congress established a new framework for Medicare Part B physician payments through the passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (“MACRA”), which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...more

Maryland Is First to Ban “Price Gouging” on Generic Drugs, but Other State and Federal Initiatives May Soon Follow

Executive Summary - Going back a number of years, federal and state policymakers have discussed various mechanisms to address the increasing costs of certain prescription drugs in the United States. This issue gained...more

The Trump Administration’s First 100 Days: Impact on the Health Care Industry – a Work in Progress

The first 100 days of a new presidential administration serves as a traditional, if somewhat arbitrary, demarcation point. April 29, 2017, serves as the 100th day of the Trump administration, and we now have insight into how...more

CMS Releases Proposed Rule for ACA Market Stabilization

On February 15, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”), at the direction of the Trump administration, released a long-expected proposed rule (“Market Stabilization Proposed Rule”)designed to help stabilize...more

Five Key Issues Impacting Health Care Employers

Employers in the health care industry are likely to face significant changes under President-elect Donald J. Trump’s administration and should expect a healthy dose of uncertainty for the next few months. During his campaign,...more

Nondiscrimination Standards Under ACA Section 1557: Now Is the Time to Act

Health insurers and group health plan sponsors must closely review the final rule titled “Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities” (“Final Rule”) implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) that...more

MACRA Proposed Rule: CMS Provides Details on Implementing Medicare’s New Quality Payment Program

On May 9, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a proposed rule addressing the implementation of physician payment reforms included in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015...more

Mental Health Parity Final Rule for Medicaid and CHIP: Few Changes from the Proposed Version

On March 30, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published its long-awaited final rule (“Final Medicaid Parity Rule” or “Final Rule”) implementing the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health...more

Doing the Cha-Cha on Exchange Rules: CMS Moves Forward on Standardized Plan Offerings but Steps Back from Instituting Minimum...

On March 8, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released a final rule titled “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; CMS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2017” (“Final Rule”)[1] setting...more

CMS Proposes Modest Increases to Medicare Advantage and Part D Plan Payment Rates Accompanied by Significant Revisions to Risk...

The Advance Notice (“Advance Notice”) of Methodological Changes for Calendar Year (“CY”) 2017 for Medicare Advantage (“MA”) Capitation Rates, Part C and Part D Payment Policies and 2017 Call Letter was released by the Centers...more

CMS Continues to Strengthen Federal-Level Requirements for Qualified Health Plans

On December 2, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released a proposed rule titled “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; CMS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2017” (“Proposed...more

National Association of Insurance Commissioners Updates Model Network Adequacy Law to Address Narrow Networks and Surprise Bills

On November 22, 2015, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (“NAIC”) approved an updated version of its Managed Care Plan Network Adequacy Model Act, now known as the Health Benefit Plan Network Access and...more

HHS Releases Far-Reaching Proposed Rule to Prohibit Discrimination by “Covered Entities” Pursuant to Section 1557 of the...

On September 8, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) published a proposed rule titled “Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities” (“Proposed Rule”)[1] to implement the nondiscrimination...more

New Value-Based Insurance Design Model for Medicare Advantage Plans Is the First of Multiple Medicare Plan Innovations Anticipated...

On September 1, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced[1] the opportunity for plan sponsors to test value-based insurance design (“VBID”) in the Medicare Advantage (“MA”) market. VBID refers to...more

CMS Issues Broad-Reaching Proposals to Better Align Medicaid Managed Care with the Commercial and Medicare Markets

On May 26, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released a proposed rule (“Proposed Rule”) containing the first proposed revisions to the Medicaid managed care (“MMC”) program’s regulations in more than...more

Mental Health Parity Requirements and Medicaid Plans: CMS Seeks Comment on Proposed Rule

On April 10, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published in the Federal Register a proposed rule (“Proposed Rule”) implementing the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction...more

CMS Announces Key 2015 Compliance Priorities for Federally Facilitated Exchange Plans

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently announced its 2015 key priorities for compliance reviews of qualified health plans (“QHPs”) offered in the federally facilitated marketplaces (“FFMs”). Through a...more

CMS Releases Updates to Its Medicare Advantage and Part D Plan Audit Protocols and Processes

On February 12, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released an updated version of its Medicare Advantage (“MA”) and prescription drug benefit (“Part D”) plan audit protocols and also announced the...more

Obama Administration Seeks Comments on Proposed Changes to Summary of Benefits and Coverage Document and Requirements

On December 30, 2014, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury (collectively, “Departments”) issued a proposed rule (“Proposed Rule”) regarding the summary of benefits and coverage (“SBC”) for use...more

Proposed Exemption of Limited Wraparound Coverage from Health Insurance Market Standards

On December 19, 2014, various federal agencies issued proposed regulations (“Proposed Regulations”) to amend the definition of “excepted benefits” to include certain limited wraparound health insurance coverage. “Excepted...more

CMS Releases Key Proposals for the 2016 Qualified Health Plan Application Process

Stakeholders received insight on the Obama administration’s expected approach to the certification and oversight of qualified health plans (“QHPs”) on December 19, 2014, with the release by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...more

CMS Seeks Comments on Proposed Enhancements and Modifications to the Star Ratings for Medicare Advantage and Part D Prescription...

On November 21, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released a Request for Comments on proposed enhancements and modifications to the 2016 Star Ratings for Medicare Advantage (“MA”) and Part D...more

HHS Broadens Federal Controls Over Private Health Insurance Benefits and Operations

On November 21, 2014, the Obama administration released two proposed rules affecting health insurance issuers’ offering of private health insurance products both inside and outside of the public insurance exchanges...more

CMS Cost Sharing Reduction Reconciliation Reporting for QHPs

Qualified Health Plans (“QHPs”) and other stakeholders have until October 27, 2014, to comment on CMS’s proposed cost sharing reduction payment reconciliation reporting process. On Friday, September 26, 2014, CMS released...more

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