Do Exchanges Protect Data Privacy? State Officials Worry

During the last several weeks, officials in multiple states including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and West Virginia have expressed concerns regarding data privacy risks presented by programs that assist consumers with enrollment in health insurance via the Health Insurance Exchanges […]

CMS Open Payments User Guide Released

The Open Payments User Guide for Applicable Manufacturers and Applicable Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) has been released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  CMS announced the release of this User Guide during a recent teleconference with pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device manufacturers.  According to CMS, the User […]

LITIGATION ROUND-UP

Settlements On July 24, 2013, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced a settlement in principle with the Attorneys General of eight states related to the development and marketing of Avandia and a separate settlement with the Attorney General of Louisiana totaling $229 million.  GSK previously paid $3 billion to settle civil and criminal allegations related to the marketing of Avandia and […]

HHS Awards $67 Million in Navigator Grants under ACA

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced today that it awarded $67 million in grants to 105 navigator grant applicants. The navigator program was created under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) in an effort to provide unbiased information about health insurance options. Specifically, navigators will serve as an in-person resource for […]

September 23, 2013: What It Means for HIPAA Business Associate Agreements

September 23, 2013 is rapidly approaching, and Covered Entities and Business Associates must comply with the requirements of the HIPAA Omnibus Rule by this date. Among the tasks facing Covered Entities and Business Associates seeking to meet Omnibus Rule requirements, they must ensure that their Business Associate Agreements (“BAAs”) comply […]

Round 2: CMS Teleconference with Manufacturers Regarding Reporting Research Payments

Following yesterday’s teleconference with physicians and teaching hospitals, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a webinar today regarding the National Physician Payment Transparency Program, also known as Open Payments.  The CMS Open Payments system implements the requirements of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, section 6002 of the Affordable Care Act.  The objective of the webinar […]

CMS Sunshine Act Teleconference Held for Physicians and Teaching Hospitals

A teleconference was held today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the National Physician Payment Transparency Program, also known as Open Payments.  The CMS Open Payments system implements the requirements of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, section 6002 of the Affordable Care Act.  The objective of the […]