U.S. House of Representatives Vote to Delay Employer and Individual Mandates

On July 17, 2013, the U. S. House of Representatives (the “House”) voted on two key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”): the employer and individual mandates. The House voted 264-161 on H.R. 2667, the Authority for Mandate Delay Act, to delay the employer mandate for a year.  Additionally, the House voted […]

Sunshine in Your Pocket: CMS Releases Mobile Apps for Tracking and Reviewing OPEN PAYMENTS Data

Industry and physicians preparing to comply with federal sunshine provisions have a new resource available. To facilitate tracking and reviewing OPEN PAYMENTS Data, CMS has released two mobile applications (apps): one for physicians and one for applicable manufacturers and applicable GPOs. Use of the apps is optional and both are available […]

OIG Blesses Tiered Rebate Arrangement

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) recently determined that a proposed tiered rebate program would not constitute grounds for sanctions under the federal health care program anti-kickback statute (42 U.S.C. § 1320a-7b(b)(7)), or the civil monetary penalty provision of the Social Security Act […]

FDA Continues Enforcement Against Internet Marketing of Unapproved and Misbranded Drugs

EvaPharmacy recently received a Warning Letter from the United States Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), Office of Drug Security, Integrity and Recalls regarding products available for sale to consumers in the United States on its websites.  The FDA requested that EvaPharmacy take prompt action and notify the FDA within ten […]

Electronic Submissions Now Available for OIG Voluntary Disclosures

The Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (“OIG”) released an on-line Provider Self-Disclosure Protocol (“Protocol”) submission form for individuals and entities that seek to disclose to the OIG potential violations of criminal, civil, or administrative law governing health care programs for which exclusion or […]

HIPAA Settlement Alert: WellPoint, Inc. Agrees to Pay $1.7 Million

On July 11, 2013, WellPoint, Inc. (“WellPoint”) entered into a Resolution Agreement (the “Agreement”) with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) to pay $1,700,000 to settle alleged privacy and security violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”).  The Agreement does not contain […]

Report to Congress Shows Continuing Trend of Health IT Adoption

As our world has become increasingly paperless in recent years, the health industry has followed suit.  One illustration of this trend is the growing adoption of health IT by health care professionals, and in particular, the implementation of electronic health record (“EHR”) systems.  This transition was largely due to the […]