August 31, 2018 | Blog | By Bridgette Keller, Nili Yolin, Hope Foster
News alert for all New Jersey health care providers! A new law went into effect yesterday (August 30, 2018) that changes billing requirements for out-of-network services in New Jersey.
August 28, 2018 | Blog | By Emma Zimmerman
The opioid epidemic has driven significant legislation this session. To help our readers track the pending opioid legislation, ML Strategies has created a chart to analyze various provisions of House and Senate bills and their overlap.
August 23, 2018 | Blog
On August 9, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule to overhaul the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP).
August 21, 2018 | Blog | By Emma Zimmerman
In January 2018, CMS issued new guidance allowing states to impose work requirements as a condition of Medicaid eligibility through the use of Section 1115 Medicaid demonstration waivers. These waivers allow states to test new approaches in Medicaid that differ from federal rules.
August 17, 2018 | Blog | By Mackenzie Queenin
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a False Claims Act (FCA) relator could not evade the FCA’s first-to-file bar by filing an amended complaint after two earlier-filed FCA suits alleging similar conduct had been dismissed.
August 15, 2018 | Blog | By Matt Mora
As a continuation of the recent drug pricing developments tied the Trump Administration’s American Patients First Blueprint, beginning January 1, 2019, Medicare Advantage plans will be able to apply step therapy for physician-administered and other Part B drugs in an effort that CMS hopes will lower drug costs and improve the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries.
August 15, 2018 | Blog | By Kate Stewart
Employers with workers in Massachusetts will have a lot to do between now and October 1, 2018, when reforms to Massachusetts non-compete laws go into effect.
August 13, 2018 | Blog | By Samantha Kingsbury
Last week, Mintz’s Health Care Enforcement Defense Group published a new Qui Tam Update, which analyzes 46 health care-related False Claims Act qui tam cases unsealed in February and March 2018 and the trends they reflect:
August 10, 2018 | Blog | By Sarah Beth Kuyers
The July 2018 cyber security newsletter issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) reminds health care providers and their business associates of the importance of properly disposing and destroying electronic devices and/or media that are no longer needed or that will be repurposed.
August 10, 2018 | Blog | By Emma Zimmerman
At the end of July, CMS approved two Section 1332 State Innovation Waivers submitted by Wisconsin and Maine for the purpose of establishing state reinsurance programs. There has been a flurry of 1332 waiver activity recently as states have sought to stabilize their individual insurance markets through reinsurance programs.
August 9, 2018 | Blog | By Xavier Hardy
On Wednesday, August 8, CMS filed a proposed rule clearing the way for the federal government to continue making payments under the ACA’s risk adjustment program for the benefit year 2018.
August 2, 2018 | Blog | By Emma Zimmerman
States are increasingly looking for ways to improve stability in their individual insurance marketplaces. One way is through reinsurance programs – systems in which multiple insurance companies share risk by purchasing insurance policies from another party to limit the total loss the original insurer would experience in case of unusually high claims.
July 31, 2018 | Blog
The first statistic comes from a recently published study by the Ponemon Institute, with sponsorship from IBM Security, entitled “2018 Cost of a Data Breach Study: Global Overview.”
July 30, 2018 | Blog | By Eli Greenspan
This week, the Senate is in session while the House is out on its August recess. The Senate could move the ball on opioids, but it is more likely that it focuses on nominations.
July 30, 2018 | Blog | By Karen Lovitch, Kate Stewart
Clinical laboratories and hospitals should note the potential changes to the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (“PAMA”) reporting requirements tucked into the 1,400 page Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule (the “Proposed Rule”) released by CMS earlier this month.
July 24, 2018 | Blog | By Theresa Carnegie
In May, the Trump Administration announced its Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices and HHS Secretary Azar issued a Request for Information seeking comments from interested parties “to help shape future policy development and agency action” related to drug pricing issues.
July 24, 2018 | Blog | By Joanne Hawana
As an immediate follow-up to last week’s release of the FDA’s Biosimilars Action Plan, the Agency is announcing a public hearing for September 4, 2018 to gather stakeholder input on “FDA’s approach to enhancing competition and innovation in the biological products marketplace, including by facilitating greater availability of biosimilar and interchangeable products.”
July 23, 2018 | Blog | By Bridgette Keller
Earlier this month, CMS proposed changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program with the goal of “modernizing Medicare and restoring the doctor-patient relationship.”
July 23, 2018 | Blog | By Eli Greenspan
This week, the House is looking at advancing several health care tax proposals, including permanent repeal of the medical device tax. They will also consider a proposal to delay the health insurance tax by two years.
July 20, 2018 | Blog | By Ellyn Sternfield, Matt Mora
In an attempt to lower drug prices, CMS released a proposed rule last week to reduce payments for new drugs under the Part B program.
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