Category: Medicare

OIG Report on Reasonable Assumptions in Manufacturer Reporting

Last week the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a report titled “Reasonable Assumptions in Manufacturer Reporting of AMP and Best Prices” (Report) that reviewed the use of assumptions made by a sample of drug manufacturers participating in the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program (MDRP) […]

OIG Publishes Advisory Opinion on an Arrangement Involving an Excluded Individual

In OIG Advisory Opinion No.19-05, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) concluded that it would not impose sanctions against a requestor under the civil monetary provision of the Social Security Act (SSA) that prohibits certain persons from contracting with individuals or entities known […]

Final Rule Issued by CMS re: New Enforcement Authorities to Reduce Criminal Behavior in Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued late last week a final rule with comment period titled, Program Integrity Enhancements to the Provider Enrollment Process (CMS-6058-FC) (Final Rule). The Final Rule is intended to proactively prevent fraud and abuse against the Federal health care programs, including Medicare, Medicaid […]

Medicare for All unveiled in House. Some things old, some things new, but much left to do

Recently, progressive democrats in the House of Representatives lead by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) released the long-awaited Medicare for All Act of 2019 (M4A) proposal.  M4A differs from single-payer plans released by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and various Washington think tanks. One of the most significant differences […]

OIG Provides Strong Rebuke of Pharmaceutical Free Drug Program

On November 16, 2018, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued Advisory Opinion No. 18-14 regarding a proposed free drug program (“Proposed Arrangement”). Under the Proposed Arrangement, a pharmaceutical manufacturer (“Manufacturer”) will give free drug product (“Drug”) to hospitals for inpatient use to […]

OIG Advisory Opinion Permits Refunding Device Purchase Price Under Limited Conditions

On September 17, 2018, the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued Advisory Opinion No. 18-10 regarding a proposed arrangement in which a surgical device and wound care product manufacturer (“Manufacturer”) will offer its hospital customers (“Customer”) who purchase the following three products for use in a joint replacement surgery: (i) […]

CMS Releases Guidance Allowing Step Therapy for Part B Drugs

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance and a Fact Sheet that will provide Medicare Advantage (MA) plans the option of utilizing “step therapy”  for Medicare Part B drugs.   Recall, the concept of changing the way Medicare pays for Part B drugs was first discussed in the Administration’s May 2018 Blueprint.