Category: Medicare

OIG Advisory Opinion Permits Limited Provision of Free Telemedicine Hardware and Services

On May 31, 2018, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued Advisory Opinion No. 18-03 regarding an arrangement in which a not-for-profit Federally qualified health center look-alike (Provider) would provide, at no charge, certain information technology-related equipment and services to a County Department of Health health clinic (County Clinic) for […]

**UPDATED*** Administration Releases Long-Awaited Drug Pricing Reform Plan

***5/14/2018 Update***   This morning, HHS Secretary Azar gave a speech offering additional details on the Blueprint.  Included in his remarks are plans to publicly identify companies suspected of “using public health rules to pad their profits”; send letters to all Medicare Part D plan sponsors indicating gag clauses in pharmacy contracts are unacceptable […]

OIG Advisory Opinion Approves Ostomy Supply Distributor to Provide Free Product Samples

On Monday, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued Advisory Opinion No. 18-02 regarding an arrangement in which the Requestor who distributes and sells, but does not manufacture, certain ostomy products (Products) provides a limited number of free Product samples to patients and contracts with a third party (Contractor) to […]

OIG Permits Drug Companies To Provide Free Medications in Limited Circumstances to Patients for 2018 Following Advisory Opinion Rescission

As we discussed last month, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) rescinded Advisory Opinion 06-04 (Opinion 06-04), provided to a nonprofit, tax-exempt, charitable patient assistance program (PAP) because it determined that the PAP failed to fully, completely and accurately disclose all relevant and material facts to the OIG and failed […]

OIG Revokes Patient Assistance Program Advisory Opinion Protection

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) rescinded Advisory Opinion 06-04 (Opinion 06-04) on November 28, 2017, retroactive to its original issuance date of April 20, 2006. Opinion 06-04 had been modified by the OIG on December 23, 2015. Issued to a nonprofit, tax-exempt, charitable patient assistance program that provides aid […]

Price Confirmed for HHS Secretary, other key agency and department positions next to be filled

Around 2 a.m., the Senate voted along party lines to confirm Representative Tom Price to become Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.  The vote was 52-47 with no Democrats voting in favor.  With repeated attacks on his policy record and questions about stock purchases, Price’s nomination was […]

Medicare Part B Demo Declared Dead

On Thursday, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it would not move forward with its controversial Medicare Part B Payment Model  (Part B Demo).  The Part B Demo had come under heavy fire from industry groups, some patient organizations, providers and a bipartisan collection of policymakers in […]