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Xavier G. Hardy

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Xavier focuses his practice on a variety of health care regulatory and fraud and abuse matters as well as Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement issues in health care transactions and business arrangements. He represents clients in the health care and life sciences industries.

Prior to joining Mintz, Xavier was an associate in the Washington, DC office of a national law firm. In that role, he advised clients on legal and regulatory issues around health care reimbursements involving Medicare, Medicaid, and other third-party payors. He also counseled clients on federal and state health care fraud and abuse laws, including the Stark Law and the anti-kickback statute.

While he was in law school, Xavier served as an intern in the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General and Vermont Legal Aid’s Office of the Health Care Advocate. He also worked as a senior research assistant at The George Washington University Milliken Institute School of Public Health, where he contributed to projects around health care regulatory issues.

Before law school, Xavier served as a summer research intern at Independent Living Research Utilization, a disability rights organization.

Education

  • George Washington University (JD)
  • Rice University (BS)

Involvement

  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association

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Today's post is the last in our series on the 10-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While the Congress that passed the ACA recognized that health care delivery reform was necessary, the law included few mechanisms to address the deeper problems in this area. In this post, we will look at the changes that were made and what may lie ahead. 
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This post is the third installment in our blog series looking back the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the 10 years since it was passed. We will cover the ACA's market reforms, including the establishment of essential health benefits, as well as risk adjustment and other programs designed to mitigate some of the financial risk that insurance companies would face as a result of a potential influx of individuals with pre-existing conditions into the marketplaces. 
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A Review of the Affordable Care Act at 10 Years, Part 2: Medicaid Expansion

April 8, 2020 | Blog | By Xavier Hardy, Thomas Crane

This post is the second installment in our blog series looking back on the 10-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and will cover Medicaid expansion under the ACA. Medicaid is joint federal-state program that provides health insurance coverage to people with low incomes.  State participation in the program is voluntary, although all states currently participate.  The program has historically provided states with a significant amount of flexibility and autonomy in how it is administered.  However, in exchange for federal matching funds, states are required to comply with federal Medicaid laws and guidance. 
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A Review of the Affordable Care Act at 10 Years, Part 1: The Individual Mandate

April 7, 2020 | Blog | By Xavier Hardy, Thomas Crane

This post is the first installment in our blog series looking back on the 10-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The most controversial of the ACA's reforms has been the individual mandate, which requires that individuals maintain health care coverage that meets certain standards (known as “minimum essential coverage”) or pay a penalty in the form of a tax.  Even as the law was winding itself through the legislative process, the individual mandate received a fair amount of attention outside the typical industry specific publications that cover the minutia of health care reform.  While  there were some critics of the individual mandate who, even prior to enactment, specifically argued the individual mandate was unconstitutional, most of the coverage dealt with a more basic underlying question: was it appropriate for the government to mandate that everyone pay for health insurance? 
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A Review of the Affordable Care Act at 10 Years

April 6, 2020 | Blog | By Xavier Hardy, Thomas Crane

Two weeks ago marked the tenth anniversary of the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which Mintz has been closely monitoring, it is understandable why the anniversary has largely flown under the radar.  However, now is as good a time as any to reflect on all the controversy that has surrounded the law over the last decade, as well as how much the law has accomplished. While far from comprehensive, our upcoming blog series will review some of the impacts the law has had on the U.S. healthcare system, in particular focusing on the legal issues and debates that have surrounded the law.  Mintz has previously covered many of these items, and links to our prior coverage is included throughout.
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On December 31, 2019, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Department of Health & Human Services’ Affordable Care Act (ACA) risk adjustment methodology in New Mexico Health Connections v. HHS, No. 18-2186 (10th Cir. 2019), reversing a federal district court's 2018 decision that certain aspects of the administration and risk management formulas used by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) were arbitrary and capricious.  It was a fitting end to a decade so defined by health care and, in particular, legal and political challenges to the ACA.  However, whether or not the decision marks the end of serious challenges to the ACA’s risk adjustment program remains unclear.  
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The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced that it has agreed to a $21.36 million settlement with compounding pharmacy Diabetic Care Rx LLC d/b/a Patient Care America (PCA), private equity firm Riordan, Lewis & Haden Inc. (RLH), and two PCA executives to resolve a pending False Claims Act (FCA) case. As discussed in a previous post regarding DOJ's decision to intervene, this case is notable because a private equity firm does not typically find itself subject to FCA action, and it is reported to be the first case against a private equity firm in which DOJ has chosen to intervene.
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CMS Proposes Changes to Medicare Advantage Program for CY 2020

February 6, 2019 | Blog | By Xavier Hardy, Bridgette Keller

CMS recently proposed several important changes for the Medicare Advantage (MA) program that relate to payment, benefit design, and new actions to combat the opioid crisis. Here, we take a look at the proposed changes to risk adjustment payments, supplemental benefits, and a value-based insurance design model; all working toward CMS’s goal of maximizing coverage and competition. In a prior post we discussed CMS’s Part D Payment Modernization Model and stay tuned for our upcoming discussion of CMS’s next steps to combat opioid misuse.
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New Mexico Court Affirms Ruling in ACA Risk Adjustment Case

November 6, 2018 | Blog | By Xavier Hardy

On October 19, 2018, a New Mexico district judge rejected a request from HHS to reconsider a February decision that had briefly led to the suspension of the ACA’s risk adjustment program.  In February, District Judge James Browning ruled that HHS’s use of statewide average premium to calculate risk adjustment payments, and the fact that the program was administered as budget-neutral, were arbitrary and capricious.
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Mintz Member Thomas Crane and Associate Xavier Hardy co-authored a Bloomberg Law Insights article discussing the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), specifically the staggering unemployment numbers’ emphasis on the ACA’s measures to increase coverage.
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Mintz is advising a consortium of investors led by TPG Capital and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe in their acquisition of Curo Health Services, one of the nation’s leading hospice providers. The definitive agreement was announced on April 23, 2018. The deal is valued at approximately $1.4 billion.
Xavier Hardy, an Associate in Mintz's Health Law practice, authored this American Bar Association Antitrust Health Care Chronicle article on what impact the Affordable Care Act may have on monopsony analyses in health insurance mergers reviews.