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Azar’s Nomination Hearing Highlights Medicare Negotiation of Part B Drug Prices

On January 9th, the Senate Committee on Finance conducted its nomination hearing of Alex Michael Azar II, President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services. Under President George W. Bush, Mr. Azar served...more

Manatt on Health: What’s Ahead in 2018

Congress returned from recess with a large agenda for the new year. The federal government is only funded through January 19 and the next funding bill is expected to carry with it longer-term extensions of the Children’s...more

Day 1 Notes from the 2018 JP Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco

San Francisco (Monday, January 8, 2018): Outside it was raining heavily today in San Francisco, but inside the 2018 JP Morgan Healthcare Conference the weather was distinctly sunny. Nary a hint of gloom or pessimism was heard...more

OIG Reaffirms Permissibility of Certain Gainsharing Arrangements

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has issued an Advisory Opinion (Opinion) in connection with a hospital’s gainsharing arrangement (Arrangement) with a designated group of...more

ML Strategies – 2018 Health Care Preview

Happy New Year!?! 2017 was an eventful year for health care, and now we can all sit back and relax with very little concern that major health policy will be on the table in 2018. Right? Why must Speaker Ryan ruin our...more

ML Strategies Outlook: Health Care

“We’re going to have to get back next year at entitlement reform, which is how you tackle the debt and the deficit” Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House. Happy New Year!?! - 2017 was an eventful year for health care, and...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

Lawmakers return to Capitol Hill this week ahead of more self-imposed deadlines to resolve a series of thorny healthcare policies, including funding for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the rest of the...more

Tax Reform Changes to Healthcare

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Following a final vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday morning, Dec. 20, 2017, Congress sent the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) to President Donald Trump's desk. In addition to extensive revisions to the tax...more

Telehealth In 2017: What Changed And What's Ahead

As the U.S. shifts from a fee-for-service (FFS) system to a value-based system, health care information technology will become an increasingly important component in fostering patient engagement, coordinating care, increasing...more

K&L Gates Triage: 2017 Updates to the OIG’s Active Work Plan Items & Related Audit Experience

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In this episode, Hilary Bowman summarizes recent updates to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) 2017 Work Plan. Specifically, she discusses OIG’s plans to investigate and audit...more

Blog: OIG Releases December Work Plan Items; Focus on Opioid Prescribing Continues

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As we announced earlier this year, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) is updating its Work Plan monthly rather than its previous twice-yearly publications. The December updates include 6 new Work Plan items: 1. Status...more

2017 Healthcare Year in Review

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If the 2017 healthcare environment could be summed up in one word, it would be “uncertainty.” With the largely unexpected election of Donald Trump as President, the multiple, unsuccessful attempts by the Republican controlled...more

Telehealth Opportunities Worth Watching in 2018

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Continued physician shortages, reduced reimbursement from government and private insurance plans and the ever-increasing health care needs of an aging population are forcing payors and providers alike to increase the...more

What's New In Washington - December 2017

December is often the busiest time in Washington, and this year is no different as Congress races toward the holiday finish line. There is still a multitude of problems to solve before members can head back to their...more

Recent Congressional Actions Bring Drug Pricing Debate Back Into National Spotlight

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In late October, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) introduced the Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2017 (S. 2011; H.R. 4138), which would allow the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)...more

Another Obstacle to Medicare and Medicaid Compliance

by McGuireWoods LLP on

When investigating whether an individual or entity is excluded from the federal healthcare programs, healthcare organizations must be on the alert for yet another method for defrauding the government: alias names. Alias names...more

New CMS Guidance on Information Blocking

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published two important guidance statements on so-called "information blocking," i.e., knowingly and willfully limiting or restricting the compatibility or...more

Proposed Medicare Advantage and Part D Regulations for CY 2019 – CMS Takes Aim at Drug Prices

The rising cost of drugs in the U.S. is frequently in the news. So it is not surprising that in its contract year 2019 Proposed Medicare Advantage and Part D Regulations (Proposed Rule), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...more

New OIG Project Expands Telemedicine Audits to State Medicaid Programs

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Following on the heels of its plans to review Medicare payments for telehealth services, the federal Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) just announced a new project to review...more

CMS Releases CY 2019 Proposed Rule for Medicare Advantage and Part D

Last Thursday, November 17, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed contract year 2019 Medicare Advantage and Part D regulations. The proposed rule is scheduled to be published in the...more

Hospitals & Physician Organizations Summary Report - November 2017

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Uncertainty and pressures continue to mount for healthcare providers, creating a new operating environment – Uncertainty around Medicaid and other programs, the shift to value-based care, margin pressures, the need to search...more

New Home Health Rules Effective in January 2018—Some Traps for the Unwary

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued new Conditions of Participation (CoP) for home health agencies (HHA) that are effective January 13, 2018. The CoP were originally scheduled to take effect on...more

Blog: OIG Releases November Work Plan Items; Focus on Opioid Prescribing and Telemedicine

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As we announced earlier this year, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) is updating its Work Plan monthly rather than its previous twice-yearly publications. The November updates include 4 new Work Plan items: - 1....more

Final Home Health Rule Drops Controversial Proposed Payment Model

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Last week, home health agencies welcomed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) decision to drop a controversial proposed payment model and leave largely unchanged the current payment system. Responding to...more

Top Takeaways for Medicare Physician and Hospital Payments in 2018

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Nov. 1, 2017, released the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and the Medicare Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System Final Rule for...more

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