Tag: HHS

Administration releases drug importation plan but implementation questions abound

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced two “pathways” for drug importation. This plan is the latest step in the Administration’s push to lower prescription drug prices and one the President has strongly supported.   However, implementation of this plan has a long time horizon and a very […]

***Additional Update*** HHS Releases Plan to Require Drug Makers to list prices on TV ads

***Further update – Federal Court Vacates Rule*** Yesterday, U.S. District Court for the D.C. Circuit Judge Amit Mehta invalidated the final rule.  In ruling on the merits, Judge Mehta said the Department of Health and Human Services went beyond its rulemaking authority.   Specifically the ruling states, “[n]either the Act’s text, structure, […]

HHS Announces Innovation and Investment Summit

Yesterday, Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan announced the launch of the Deputy Secretary’s Innovation and Investment Summit (DSIIS).  DSIIS follows a June 2018 request for information to “develop a workgroup to facilitate constructive, high-level dialogue between HHS leadership and those focused on innovating and investing […]

OIG Seeks Comments to Anti-Kickback Statute and Beneficiary Inducements CMP Related to ‘Patient Centered Care’

The Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) published today a request for information (RFI) seeking ways in which it might modify or add new safe harbors to the federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) and exceptions to the definition of “remuneration” in the beneficiary inducement provision of the Civil […]

OIG Releases Report Re: Open Payments Program

The Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released a report on its review of the Open Payments program, titled “OPEN PAYMENTS DATA: REVIEW OF  ACCURACY, PRECISION, AND CONSISTENCY IN REPORTING.” The OIG reviewed data from calendar year 2015 available as of June 2016. The OIG’s key takeaway […]

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.

FDA Finalizes Two Guidance Documents Regarding Medical Product Communications

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released two final guidances yesterday regarding medical communications: Drug and Device Manufacturer Communications With Payors, Formulary Committees, and Similar Entities — Questions and Answers (Payor Communications Guidance) and Medical Product Communications That Are Consistent With the FDA-Required Labeling — Questions and Answers (Medical Products Communications Guidance). These guidances […]