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Healthcare Law UPDATE December 2019

March 18, 2020

The following articles were originally published as posts on our blog, the Juris Doctor Report in November, 2019. To subscribe to our blog, please click here.

Regulatory Update, Including Federal Transparency Rules

Nov 27, 2019

Federal Regulations

Pricing Transparency Rules: As previously reported on November 22nd, we anticipated that the Department of Health would publish the transparency rules in the Federal Register on November 27th. Today, the Department of Health published in the Federal Register the final Rule requiring hospitals to disclose pricing information and the proposed Transparency in Coverage Rule requiring insurers, among other things, to disclose cost-sharing information.

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Anticipated Federal Hospital and Payor Transparency Rules

Nov 22, 2019

As we previously reported, on November 15, 2019, CMS issued a final rule and comment period that revises the Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and the Medicare ambulatory surgical center (ASC) payment system for Calendar Year 2020. In that final rule, CMS made clear that it intends to continue with its policy to require hospitals to publicly disclose "standard charges," including payer-specific negotiated rates. CMS, however, did not actually publish the final rule in the registry and, instead, CMS stated it “received over 1,400 comments on our proposed requirements for hospitals to make public their standard charges.

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Federal Regulatory Update

Nov 19, 2019

Ambulatory Surgery Center Prospective Payment System

84 FR 61142 – Final Rule with Comment Period – This final rule with comment period revises the Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and the Medicare ambulatory surgical center (ASC) payment system for Calendar Year (CY) 2020. On average for all covered procedures in ASCs, payment rates went up by 2.6%.

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New Federal and State Regulations and CMS Alleged Overpayments

Nov 12, 2019

New Jersey State Regulation Expanding Graduates of International Medical Schools

51 N.J.R. 1597(a) – Proposed Regulation -- This proposal by the State Board of Medical Examiners (Board) is to update the eligibility requirements for graduates of international medical schools who seek licensure or authorization to engage in the practice of medicine as residents. If approved, the proposed amendments would allow the Board to rely on recognized accrediting bodies for international medical schools that adhere to standards substantially similar to the bodies that currently accredit domestic medical schools.

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Federal Regulatory Update and Recent Litigation
Nov 7, 2019

Federal Regulatory Update:

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently published 84 FR 59549, requiring annual inflation-related increases to the civil monetary penalties associated with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (the Act). The Act aims to improve the effectiveness of civil monetary penalties and to maintain a deterrent effect against violations of federal statutes or regulations.

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Update on Prescription Drug Legislation

Nov 5, 2019

Last week, the House approved two bills intended to improve prescription drug pricing transparency for patients. H.R. 2115, the Public Disclosure of Drug Discounts Act, requires CMS to publish certain payment information regarding pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) and prescription drugs. The House also approved H.R. 1781, Payment Commission Data Act of 2019, which together with H.R. 2115, proposes amending Titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to provide greater transparency of discounts provided by drug manufacturers. Both bills should now progress to the Senate for consideration.

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