Month: October 2017

White House Declares Opioid “Public Health Emergency” However, Many Questions Remain

Last week, the White House declared the opioid crisis a “public health emergency.” The declaration outlined a number of steps the Administration will take to address the epidemic. The public health emergency declaration, while acknowledging the scope and tragic costs of opioid abuse, falls short of a “national emergency” declaration […]

With Congress stuck, Administration starts process of unwinding ACA – Updated

Last week, the Administration took two actions aimed at rattling the foundations of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The President signed an Executive Order (EO) directing federal agencies to relax restrictions on insurance plans that do not have to comply with certain ACA rules.  The Administration followed that with an announcement […]

OIG Releases October Work Plan Items; Includes Opioid REMS and Specialty Drug Coverage and Medicare Reimbursement

As we recently announced, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) is updating its Work Plan monthly rather than its previous twice-yearly publications. The October updates include 5 new Work Plan items: Secretary Price’s Use of Chartered Aircraft for Federal Travel. OIG is reviewing Secretary Price’s use of chartered aircraft for Federal travel […]

California Governor Signs Drug Price Reporting Bill

California Governor Jerry Brown signed S.B. 17 into law on Monday. As we reported when S.B. 17 was sent for Governor Brown’s signature, the law requires manufacturers of prescription drugs with a wholesale acquisition cost (WAC) of more than $40 to give 60 days’ notice of any increase in WAC […]

CMS Withdraws Part B Demo Rule…for good

Earlier today, the Centers for Medicaid Services (CMS) released a notice withdrawing the “Medicare Program; Part B Drug Payment Model”, also known as the “Part B Demo.”  As we discussed in a previous post, in December 2016, the Obama Administration announced it would not move forward with the program.  This, coupled with […]