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What's New In Washington - April 2018

Congress returned from its spring recess with a host of issues to address—trade, Trump administration nominations and opioid legislation sitting atop the priority list. Given the ongoing data scandal at Facebook, privacy...more

Opioid Crisis Proposals and Funding

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Opioid Funding Overview - In 2016, through the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and the 21st Century Cures Act, Congress authorized roughly $1.4 billion in spending to combat the opioid crisis....more

2018 Bipartisan Budget Act Revises Stark Law Regulations – Part II

by Nossaman LLP on

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (the “Act”), signed into law on February 9, 2018, contains an amendment that should cause physicians and healthcare providers to take note. ...more

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 repeals therapy caps: What does it mean for hospital outpatient therapy departments?

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

“Therapy caps” date back to the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, which limited (or “capped”) the amount of annual per-patient therapy expenditures under Medicare Part B. However, Congress created an exceptions process in 2006,...more

The Bipartisan Budget Act – Greater Access, Innovation, and Technology in the Administration of Medicare Advantage Plans - Part I

by Nossaman LLP on

Prior to adjourning for spring recess, Congress passed and the President signed into law on March 23, 2018, omnibus appropriations legislation that funds the government for the remainder of the fiscal year – through September...more

Costs Increase for Health Care Fraud and Abuse Violations

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Recent congressional action will have serious ramifications on corporate and individual defendants who are or could be under investigation for violations of federal health care program fraud and abuse laws. Changes...more

Congress Approves Fiscal Year 2018 Appropriations; Health Programs See Funding Boost

by King & Spalding on

At the end of last week, Congress approved, and the President signed into law, a $1.3 trillion spending package, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 or H.R. 1625, finalizing discretionary spending for the 12 annual...more

Continuing Resolution Creates Significant Changes to Medicare and Medicaid Policies

by Polsinelli on

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, commonly referred to as the “Continuing Resolution,” was recently signed into law, creating a short-term fix to funding the federal government for six weeks while also raising the debt...more

The Impact of the Federal Budget Deal on Retirement Plans

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

On February 9, 2018, Congress passed the amended Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. This Act contained provisions impacting retirement plans. Sponsors should decide whether to adjust their plan documents and policies in response...more

Carbon Dioxide Capture Credit Enhanced

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 extended and enhanced a tax credit that incentivized carbon dioxide capture, storage, and utilization. The enhanced credit, known as the “45Q tax credit,” offers a tax credit of up to $50...more

Bipartisan Budget Act Revises Stark Law, Increases Penalties for AKS and CMP Law Violations, and Expands Telehealth Coverage

On February 9, 2018, Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (the Act), which included a number of important health law provisions.. ...more

IRS Reduces 2018 HSA Contribution Limit

On March 5, 2018, the IRS announced a reduction in the amount that an individual with family coverage under a high deductible health plan (“HDHP”) can contribute to a health savings account (“HSA”) for 2018. The lowering of...more

Civil and Criminal Fraud and Abuse Penalties Increase and Stark Law Changes

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (the Act) continues to ratchet up penalties for fraud and abuse violations under the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The Act doubles statutory civil fines and quadruples some criminal fines,...more

Window On Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 9

by Clark Hill PLC on

Outlook for This Week in the Nation's Capital - FY18 Omnibus Wrap-up: On Thursday, Appropriations Subcommittees had to report any unresolved issues up to the Full Committee and while the work largely appears to be done,...more

The Budget Act Makes Some Surprising Changes to Benefit Plans

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On February 9, 2018, President Trump signed a bipartisan budget deal into law, effectively extending federal funding through March 23, 2018. The act includes multiple provisions affecting employee benefit plans, including...more

Expanded coverage of telehealth

by Hogan Lovells on

The recently enacted Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 expands Medicare’s coverage for telehealth services in several ways. Inclusion of these provisions, which had been part of a Senate bill called the CHRONIC Care Act, is...more

Budget Act Includes Retirement Plan Changes Dropped From Tax Act

Our previous Advisory on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act reported that it made few changes that affected retirement plans. However Congress got another chance in the recent Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, and included changes to...more

K&L Gates Triage: Opioid Epidemic: Update on Policy Issues in Washington, DC.

by K&L Gates LLP on

In the third episode of our series on the national opioid crisis, Amanda Makki and Corbin Santo provide an overview of how the Trump Administration and Congress may address the opioid epidemic this year....more

The Aftermath of Extenders

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, enacted on Feb. 9, retroactively renewed for tax year 2017 a number of tax extenders that expired at the end of 2016. In order for taxpayer to claim the benefits, the IRS has had to...more

Tax Extenders Gossip

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Bipartisan talks continue behind closed doors over tax extenders. As a reminder, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 extended a series of provisions for one year (2017). Based on the chatter from Capitol Hill, Congress might...more

Significant New Medicare, Medicaid, and Other Health Policy and Payment Provisions Adopted in Bipartisan Budget Act

by Reed Smith on

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (the Act), signed into law by President Trump on February 9, 2018, includes extensive and far-reaching Medicare, Medicaid, and other health policy and payment provisions. Many of these...more

Health Care Provisions in Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On Friday, February 9, President Trump signed The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (the “2018 Act”) into law. Among other things, the 2018 Act makes changes to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (“MACRA”),...more

The Trump Administration Proposes a Budget Increase to Fight Healthcare Fraud

by Dickinson Wright on

The Trump administration proposed a budget increase of 19 million to aid in the fight against health care fraud. This showcases the continued (and heightened) importance of anti-fraud programs, especially compared to the...more

Significant Changes in Healthcare Laws Enacted Through the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018: Stark, Civil and Criminal Penalties,...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On February 9, President Trump signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (“BBA”) into law. The BBA funds the federal government through March 23 and included a bipartisan agreement to increase annual spending authority for a...more

Massive Budget Deal Includes Important Changes To Hardship Withdrawal Rules

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On Friday, February 9, 2018, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (the “Act”) was signed into law by President Trump, ending a brief government shutdown that began at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, February 8, 2018. In addition to...more

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