The Vermont Attorney General’s (AG) Office posted on its website yesterday a draft “Guide to Vermont’s Prescribed Products Gift Ban and Disclosure Law for 2014 Disclosures.” This guide is intended to assist manufacturers in complying with the state’s Prescribed Products Gift Ban and Disclosure Law regarding expenditure reports due on April 1, 2015 for the 2014 calendar year. Additionally, the AG’s Office announced that the 2014 Expenditures Disclosure Form and Samples Disclosure Form for 2014 will be identical to the 2013 versions. The Vermont AG will be hosting a teleconference on December 19, 2013 at 1:30 PM Eastern to address questions from manufacturers regarding these materials.
Last week, the University of Washington Medical Center (“UWMC”) issued a press release explaining the details of a recent data breach and corrective action undertaken. Specifically, in early October 2013, a UWMC employee opened an email attachment that contained malicious software (“malware”). The malware took control of the computer in use, which stored the data of roughly 90,000 patients from UWMC and Harborview Medical Center (“HMC”). UWMC discovered the incident the next day and began its investigation and remedial measures.
There have been several recent and noteworthy developments related to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Open Payments. As we told you here and here, CMS held a follow-up webinar this week to address additional questions related to Sunshine registration and reporting. The slides from this webinar are available on the CMS Open Payments website. Notably, CMS has not provided firm dates for registration, stating only that it will be available in “early 2014.” Further, CMS announced that another webinar will be held in January 2014 related to technical aspects of the Open Payments system. CMS also released today the reporting specification templates that we discussed here.
As you head out for the holiday, you may want to stop by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) website to check out CMS’s latest gift – the posting of the final National Average Drug Acquisition Cost (“NADAC”) Files. Along with the final NADAC files posted today (November 27, 2013), CMS has posted a number of other documents, including a NADAC “Q&A” document. CMS previously stated that “We expect that states may consider the NADAC as a reference price when setting their [Medicaid] reimbursement methodology.” The final NADAC files will be updated weekly.
The U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) agreed to review provisions within the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by granting petitions for writs of certiorari yesterday, November 26, 2013. Specifically, SCOTUS will review the provisions that require large employers to offer insurance coverage for birth control and other reproductive health services. Continue reading
Last week, the National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (NH-ISAC), an organization dedicated to advancing health sector cybersecurity protection, held a webinar in which a representative from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (“DHS”) offered insight regarding how healthcare organizations can effectively manage cyber risk. Continue reading
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held two webinars today for applicable manufacturers and applicable group purchasing organizations (GPOs) related to the Open Payments registration and data submission processes. With regard to data submission, CMS announced that there are two resources that will be available:
- Submission File Specifications, which list the data elements to be collected for each of the three payment types (i.e., general payments, research payments, ownership/investment interests). This information is currently available here.
- Schema and Sample Files, which will provide the exact format and layout of the files that will be accepted by the Open Payments system. This information will be available by the end of November and announced via the CMS Open Payments list serve.