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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – April 12, 2019

[04/12/19]

Posted on April 12, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Congressional Leaders Discuss Health Care Priorities Congress’ top leaders, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), announced they are not embracing “Medicare for All” as a priority at the American Hospital Association’s annual Washington conference. Both leaders reinforced that each chamber will pursue largely separate health care agendas in... READ MORE

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Claims Denials Start April 1: What You Should Know About CMS’s New Preclusion List

[02/15/19]

Posted on February 15, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Beginning April 1, 2019, Medicare Part C and D plans, PACE organizations and 1876 cost contract plans (“Plans”) will be required to deny payment for services rendered or prescriptions ordered by any provider on the new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) Preclusion List. The Preclusion List, which was first made available to... READ MORE

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Discount Disruption: PBM Rebate Protection May Be Removed, New Safe Harbors Combat Increasing Drug Costs

[02/01/19]

Posted on February 1, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On January 31, 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued a proposed rule that, if finalized, would eliminate Anti-Kickback Statute (“AKS”) safe harbor protection for prescription drug rebates paid by manufacturers to pharmacy benefit managers (“PBMs”), Medicare Part D plans and Medicaid managed care organizations (“Proposed Rule”).... READ MORE

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CMS Allows Medicare Advantage Plans to Implement Step Therapy for Part B Drugs – Will It Really Lower Drug Costs or Simply Increase Administrative Burdens?

[09/19/18]

Posted on September 19, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On August 7, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a Memorandum (“Memorandum”) announcing a policy change to allow Medicare Advantage (“MA”) plans to implement step therapy programs for physician-administered and other Part B drugs. Step therapy is a type of prior authorization for drugs in which a health plan requires... READ MORE

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