Tag: Hospital

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) […]

HRSA 340B Drug Discount Program “Omnibus” Regulation Published – Comment Period Open Until October 27, 2015

On Friday, August 28, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) proposed its long-awaited “Omnibus” regulation for the 340B Drug Discount Program in the Federal Register (the “Proposed Rule”).  The 340B Drug Discount Program is the program by which drug and biologic […]

PhRMA Challenges HRSA Interpretative Rule on Orphan Drugs in the 340B Drug Discount Program

On October 9, 2014, the Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (“PhRMA”) filed a lawsuit seeking to enjoin the Health Resources Services Administration (“HRSA”) from implementing its July 23, 2014 “Interpretive Rule” regarding orphan drugs in the 340B Drug Discount Program (the “2014 Interpretive Rule”).  PhRMA’s lawsuit alleges that the 2014 […]

HRSA Stands By Its Interpretation of 340B Drug Discount Program Orphan Drug Availability, Despite Court Decision Vacating Regulation

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) published today a statement responding to the recent court decision vacating the 340B Drug Discount Program Orphan Drug Rule.  As we previously reported, the D.C. District Court permanently enjoined HRSA from implementing its July 23, 2013 […]

340B Drug Discount Program Orphan Drug Rule Vacated:  ACA “New” Covered Entity Types No Longer Authorized to Purchase Orphan Drugs Under the 340B Program, Regardless of Indications

[UPDATE 6/18/2014: HRSA has issued a statement that it continues to stand by its interpretation of ACA permitting new covered entities to purchase orphan drugs under the 340B program for non-orphan use. See our more recent post for updated information.] The D.C. District Court permanently enjoined the U.S. Department of Health & Human […]

HIPAA Breach at Iowa Hospital Chain Highlights the Vulnerability of Electronic Medical Records and the Importance of Internal Audits

Another month, another HIPAA breach.  On October 2, 2013, UnityPoint Health, a large network of hospitals and clinics in Iowa and Illinois, announced that it had discovered a breach of its electronic medical records system and alerted the FBI.  The breach, in which a contractor gained access to the system over the course of […]