Tag: HHS

White House Declares Opioid “Public Health Emergency” However, Many Questions Remain

Last week, the White House declared the opioid crisis a “public health emergency.” The declaration outlined a number of steps the Administration will take to address the epidemic. The public health emergency declaration, while acknowledging the scope and tragic costs of opioid abuse, falls short of a “national emergency” declaration […]

With Congress stuck, Administration starts process of unwinding ACA – Updated

Last week, the Administration took two actions aimed at rattling the foundations of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The President signed an Executive Order (EO) directing federal agencies to relax restrictions on insurance plans that do not have to comply with certain ACA rules.  The Administration followed that with an announcement […]

OIG Releases October Work Plan Items; Includes Opioid REMS and Specialty Drug Coverage and Medicare Reimbursement

As we recently announced, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) is updating its Work Plan monthly rather than its previous twice-yearly publications. The October updates include 5 new Work Plan items: Secretary Price’s Use of Chartered Aircraft for Federal Travel. OIG is reviewing Secretary Price’s use of chartered aircraft for Federal travel […]

OIG Releases September Work Plan Items; Includes Part D Sponsor Reporting of Rebates and Price Concessions to Medicare

As we recently announced, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) is updating its Work Plan monthly rather than its previous twice-yearly publications. The September updates include 9 new Work Plan items: Federal Marketplace Enrollment Systems. OIG will assess operational readiness, internal controls, and IT security in preparation for the fifth open enrollment period. […]

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 […]

OIG Issues Final Rule Re: Exclusion Authority

The Final Rule related to the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) exclusion authority pursuant to the Social Security Act (the Act), as amended by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA), was released last week. The Proposed […]

Washington’s 2016 healthcare agenda remains unfinished, leaving plenty for 2017

As Washington speeds towards Election Day on November 8th, it is a good time to examine the status of the key legislative and policy issues impacting the healthcare and life sciences sectors.  Congress has few legislative working days remaining in 2016, but could make some headway on legislation to promote innovation as […]