Tag Archives: Health Care Reform

Bipartisan Energy & Commerce Committee Leaders Release Updated 21st Century Cures Draft

The bipartisan leadership of the House Energy and Commerce Committee has released their 2015 version of the 21st Century Cures Act, which is intended to bolster medical discovery, treatment development and delivery of treatment to patients. The nearly 200-page legislation is the product of a year-long collaboration between lawmakers and stakeholders.… Continue Reading

CMS Seeks Public Comment on its Imposition of CMPs for Noncompliance with Medicare Secondary Payer Reporting Requirements; Opportunity for Clinical Trial Sponsors to Request Discretion

On December 11, 2013, CMS released an advance notice of proposed rulemaking soliciting comments on specific practices for which civil monetary penalties may or may not be imposed for failure to comply with Medicare Secondary Payer reporting requirements. Among other issues, CMS is seeking comments and proposals on mechanisms and criteria that it would use to evaluate whether and when it would impose penalties for noncompliance with Medicare Secondary Payer reporting requirements.… Continue Reading

Seeing the Light With the Physician Payment Sunshine Act

This post was written by Karl A. Thallner Jr. and Katie C. Pawlitz. On February 1, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the long-awaited final rule implementing the physician payment transparency provisions, commonly referred to as the Physician Payment Sunshine Act, in the Obama administration’s 2010 health care reform legislation. The Sunshine … Continue Reading

Affordable Care Act and the Post-Election Implications for Radiology

As the dust settles from Tuesday's election, pundits and prognosticators are predicting the future of the world based on highly charged and deeply polarized perspectives. Those predictions are sweeping in scope and many we have seen tend toward dire scenarios - even for the diagnostic imaging industry. The more prudent course is to step back for a moment and assess the situation in a more pragmatic and dispassionate way. With this in mind, we wanted to take this opportunity to describe what we expect to see as health reform efforts continue.… Continue Reading

As Federal Sunshine Looms, Massachusetts Loosens Manufacturer Gift Ban and Disclosure Law, and Allows Certain Drug Coupons and Vouchers

This post was written by Elizabeth Carder-Thompson, Katie C. Pawlitz and Nancy E. Bonifant. As drug and device manufacturers continue to await final regulations and subsequent implementation of the federal Physician Payment Sunshine Act, passed as part of the Affordable Care Act, Massachusetts has relaxed its similar state law banning the provision by manufacturers of … Continue Reading

CMS Releases Long-Awaited Proposed Rule to Implement ACA Medicaid Manufacturer Rebate and Pharmacy Reimbursement Provisions

On Friday, January 27, 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") released its long-awaited proposed rule to implement the provisions of the Affordable Care Act ("ACA") relating to pharmaceutical manufacturer payment of Medicaid rebates and limits on Medicaid reimbursement to pharmacies. The proposed rule addresses a number of important policy issues relevant to pharmaceutical manufacturers, pharmacies, and other providers, and also would pose significant operational challenges for pharmaceutical manufacturers with respect to the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program ("MDRP").… Continue Reading

MMSEA Section 111 Mandatory Insurer Reporting Updates

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently updated the information on its website with respect to the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (MMSEA), Section 111 "Mandatory Insurer Reporting" requirements. The recent updates cover (1) a revised implementation timeline for certain liability insurance (including self-insurance) total payment obligation to claimant settlements, (2) revised guidance on claims involving exposure, ingestion, and implantation issues, (3) upcoming improvements to the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) program, (4) a new exception for certain settlements paid into a qualified settlement fund and (5) a new way for certain injured Medicare beneficiaries to satisfy their past and future MSP obligations.… Continue Reading

HRSA Publishes Proposed Rule Regarding the Exclusion of Orphan Drugs for Certain 340B Covered Entities

This post was written by Joseph W. Metro and Vicky G. Gormanly. On May 19, 2011, the Health Resources and Services Administration (“HRSA”) released a proposed rule concerning the exclusion of orphan drugs for certain covered entities under the 340B Program. The 340B Program, enacted pursuant to the Veterans Health Care Act of 1992 (“VHCA”), limits … Continue Reading

CMS Proposes Withdrawal of AMP Regulations

On September 3, 2010, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") published a Proposed Rule withdrawing certain provisions of the July 17, 2007 AMP Final Rule, and withdrawing the October 7, 2008 Final Rule defining "Multiple Source Drug." Specifically, the rule proposes to withdraw 42 C.F.R. § 447.504, "Determination of AMP," § 447.514, "Upper limits for multiple source drugs," and the definition of "Multiple Source Drug" in § 447.502. Conforming amendments are also proposed to other sections of the AMP Final Rule, generally by replacing references to the regulatory definition of AMP which is being deleted, with references to the statutory definition of AMP. As the rule explains, the withdrawal is being proposed in light of retail pharmacies' legal challenges to the definition of AMP and the multiple source drug provisions, and the passage of health care reform amendments which have effectively superseded the AMP provisions.… Continue Reading

Reed Smith Health Care Reform Review: The Affordable Care Act – Analysis and Implications for DMEPOS Suppliers

This post was written by Debra A. McCurdy In April 2010, Reed Smith provided an extensive analysis of the recently-enacted health reform legislation, H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), as amended by H.R. 4872, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Reconciliation Act).  In this analysis, we concentrate on … Continue Reading

Reed Smith Health Care Reform Review: Analysis and Implications of Fraud Abuse and Program Integrity Provisions of the Affordable Care Act

In April 2010, Reed Smith provided an extensive analysis of the recently-enacted health reform legislation, H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), as amended by H.R. 4872, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Reconciliation Act). Together, these sweeping measures expand access to health insurance (including subsidies, mandates, and market reforms); reduce health care spending (particularly in the Medicare program); expand federal fraud and abuse authorities and transparency requirements; impose new taxes and fees on health industry sectors; and institute a variety of other health policy reforms.… Continue Reading

Reed Smith Issues Major Analysis of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Focusing on Health Care Provider and Medical Product Manufacturer Impact

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), a sweeping measure designed to expand access to health insurance, reduce health care spending (particularly in the Medicare program); expand federal fraud and abuse authorities and transparency requirements; impose new taxes and fees on health industry sectors; and institute a variety of other health policy reforms. The President also signed a second bill into law on March 30, 2010, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Reconciliation Act), which includes a series of "fixes" to the PPACA, including substantive changes to the PPACA's provisions regarding Medicare prescription drug coverage, Medicare Advantage and fee-for-service payments, Stark law self-referral policy, and Medicaid matching payments, among many others. Within the thousands of pages of the new laws are numerous provisions that will have a direct and material impact on nearly every component of the health care delivery and financing systems in the United States, including health insurers, health care providers, and manufacturers of pharmaceuticals and medical devices, as well as employers, taxpayers, and patients. Moreover, the impact of some of these provisions will be felt immediately, as certain provisions are effective upon enactment, and some have January 1, 2010 effective dates. Reed Smith has prepared a major Alert concentrating on those PPACA provisions we believe are of most interest to health care providers and medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers.… Continue Reading

Interview with Dr. Donald Berwick

As you may have read, President Obama plans to nominate Dr. Donald Berwick to head the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services at HHS. We thought you might be interested in seeing an interview that Reed Smith partner Elizabeth Carder-Thompson conducted with Dr. Berwick several months ago, for the American Health Lawyers Association. The interview was published in the November 2009 edition of AHLA Connections.… Continue Reading

Notes on the National Summit on Health Care Fraud

Last week, in my capacity as president of the American Health Lawyers Association, I attended the first National Summit on Health Care Fraud, a joint undertaking by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Justice. The conference brought together private sector leaders, law enforcement personnel, and health care experts as part of the Obama Administration's coordinated effort to fight health care fraud. This was the first national gathering on health care fraud between law enforcement and the private and public sectors.… Continue Reading

Health Reform Update: Focus On Prescription Drug Price Regulation

While Congress continues to debate the "big picture" issues of broad-scale health care reform, pending bills in both the House of Representatives and Senate contain proposals to amend federal prescription drug price regulation programs such as the Medicaid rebate statute, the Public Health Service Act's Section 340B program, and Medicare Part D. For an overview of current proposals in this area and highlights of important issues for prescription drug manufacturers, distributors and dispensers, read the full alert, which also includes a chart comparing the drug pricing provisions in the key current bills.… Continue Reading

HHS Rule Implements HITECH Act Changes to HIPAA Enforcement

On Friday, October 30, 2009, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") published an interim final rule and request for comments that implements certain HIPAA enforcement changes made pursuant to the HITECH Act. Consistent with the provisions of the HITECH Act, the new rule amends the HIPAA enforcement regulations applicable to violations of each of HIPAA's Administrative Simplification Rules (i.e., Privacy Rule, Security Rule, Transactions and Code Sets Rules, Standard Unique Identifier for Employers (EIN Rule), and the Standard Unique identifier for Health Care Providers (NPI Rule)) by instituting the below categories of violations and tiered penalty scheme to HIPAA violations that occur on or after February 18, 2009.… Continue Reading

Senate Finance Committee Options for Expanding Health Care Coverage (Comment Deadline May 22, 2009)

On May 11, 2009, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D‐Mont.) and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R‐Iowa) released their policy options for expanding health care coverage, including options for designing a government-run public health insurance plan. Members are scheduled to meet to discuss these options on May 14, and public comments will be accepted on … Continue Reading

Health Care Reform Proposal

On Tuesday, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley released a lengthy policy paper discussing for options for reducing health care costs and improving quality in the health care delivery system. The proposals are far-reaching, ranging from bundling of hospital and post-acute care, establishing appropriateness criteria for imaging services, and requiring drug/device manufacturers to report payments to physicians/physician investments. With regard to specialty hospitals, the "whole hospital" and rural exceptions to the general ban on self-referral would be eliminated, but a new exception would be created for hospitals that have physician ownership and a Medicare provider agreement in effect on July 1, 2009 and which meet certain criteria. The release is available at http://finance.senate.gov/press/Bpress/2009press/prb042809.pdf.… Continue Reading
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