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Healthcare Access, Equity Will Likely Be Chiquita Brooks-LaSure’s Focus As CMS Administrator

President Joe Biden's pick for CMS administrator, Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, is slated to become the first Black woman to hold the post. Her policy priorities will likely center on healthcare access, including expanding insurance coverage, and health equity.
Tags: Law, Joe Biden, Cms, Health Care / Medicine, Healthcare Docket, Chiquita Brooks LaSure, Chiquita Brooks

HHS Issues HIPAA, CMS Regulatory Waivers To Texas Hospitals

As Texas reels from a devasting winter storm, HHS is issuing several waivers to help hospitals continue to provide care amid mounting challenges. These waivers allow non-compliance with certain HIPAA provisions and other federal regulations.
Tags: Texas, Law, HIPAA, Health Care / Medicine, Healthcare Docket, HIPAA CMS Regulatory Waivers To Texas Hospitals

Why Hospitals Want CMS, FTC To Examine 2 UnitedHealthcare Policies

Two UnitedHealthcare policies have raised several concerns among providers, including that they may display anti-competitive behavior and could block patient access to certain healthcare services. The American Hospital Association is asking the FTC and CMS to review and potentially block these policies.
Tags: Law, Cms, Ftc, UnitedHealthcare, The American Hospital Association, Health Care / Medicine, Healthcare Docket

The Biggest Litigation Impacting The Healthcare Sector [Sponsored]

Above the Law and Lake Whillans take a deep dive into multibillion-dollar disputes involving pay-for-delay agreements, opioids, and other areas. 
Tags: Law, Healthcare Sector, Sponsored Content, Health Care / Medicine, Litigation Finance, Lake Whillans

EHR Vendor athenahealth To Pay $18M+ To Settle Illegal Kickback Allegations

The vendor has agreed to pay nearly $18.3 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by offering illegal kickbacks to boost EHR sales. The company denies any wrongdoing and said it agreed to settle to ‘put the matter behind us.’
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MD Anderson Doesn’t Have To Pay $4.3M HIPAA Penalty, Court Rules

An appellate court lifted a $4.3 million HIPAA fine imposed on the Texas-based cancer care center two years ago for losing the personal health information of more than 33,000 people.
Tags: Texas, Law, Anderson, HIPAA, Health Care / Medicine, Healthcare Docket, 3M HIPAA

46 Hospitals File Suit To Reverse HHS Bad Debt Policy

A group of hospitals have sued HHS Secretary Alex Azar, arguing he should reverse a policy that prevents hospitals from getting reimbursed for Medicare-related bad debts pending at outside collection agencies. The policy has raised hospital debt payments by about $1.35 million, the lawsuit claims.
Tags: Law, Medicare, HHS, Health Care / Medicine, Alex Azar, Healthcare Docket

Whoever Could Have Foreseen This?

Jamie Dimon, Jeff Bezos, and Warren Buffett give up on revolutionizing the American healthcare industry.
Tags: Law, Finance, Warren Buffett, Health Care / Medicine, Jamie Dimon Jeff Bezos

Hospitals Lose Appeal To Block CMS’ Price Transparency Rule

A federal appeals court has ruled against hospital groups in their legal challenge to the CMS regulation that would require hospitals to make pricing information publicly available.
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Provider Groups, Hospitals File Motion To Stop CMS From Enforcing Price Transparency Rule

The American Hospital Association and several other entities, including some hospitals, filed an emergency motion to block CMS from enforcing the hospital price transparency rule set to take effect Jan. 1. Provider groups are arguing that complying with the rule would shift focus away from pandemic-related efforts.
Tags: Law, Cms, American Hospital Association, Health Care / Medicine, Healthcare Docket

New Stimulus Bill To Axe Surprise Billing Practices

Congress finally reached an agreement on a $900 billion stimulus package, which includes a ban on surprise medical billing. A previous, but very similar version of the bill, raised concerns among providers and payers.
Tags: Law, Congress, Health Care / Medicine, Healthcare Docket

4 Takeaways From FDA’s Emergency Vaccine Reviews

What lessons can future COVID vaccine candidates take from the FDA’s response to Pfizer and Moderna’s study data?
Tags: Law, Government, Fda, Pfizer, Health Care / Medicine, Moderna, Healthcare Docket

5 Big Healthcare Lawsuits Of 2020

Some of the biggest legal stories of the year include patients attempting to mount a class-action lawsuit against Mayo Clinic after an employee improperly viewed more than 1,600 health records and the Supreme Court hearing opening arguments in a case challenging the constitutionality of the ACA's individual mandate.
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Mayo Clinic, Health Care / Medicine, Healthcare Docket

Biden To Nominate California AG Xavier Becerra As HHS Head

A 12-term congressman and vocal supporter of the ACA, Becerra would become the first Latino to lead the federal agency if confirmed.
Tags: Law, Xavier Becerra, Health Care / Medicine, Healthcare Docket, Biden To Nominate California AG, ACA Becerra

Rising Drug Costs Fuel Interest In Value-Based Contracts

The contracts are complicated and full of risks for drug companies. But there's also a risk to steering clear of the arrangements -- reduced or restricted access to a company's medication.
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Introducing Healthcare Docket

MedCity News and Above the Law offer the latest in litigation, regulation, transactions, and trends for in-house counsel in the healthcare and life sciences industries.
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CMS Changes To Stark Law Appear Largely Positive, Experts Say

CMS has finalized changes to the Physician Self-Referral Law, also known as Stark Law. Healthcare law experts say that these changes will generally make it easier for hospitals and physicians to remain in compliance with the statute.
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Red States’ Case Against ACA Hinges On Whether They Were Actually Harmed By The Law

The states are trying to prove they were harmed by the 2010 health law — and thus have 'legal standing' to challenge its constitutionality.
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Supreme Court Justices Seem Unlikely To Axe The ACA

Now with a 6-3 conservative majority, the nation’s highest court still seems reticent to throw out the Affordable Care Act altogether. If the law stays in place, it would be the foundation for many of President-elect Biden’s planned healthcare policies.
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Courts, Biden, Health Care / Medicine

John Roberts Will Save The ACA By Rejecting His Own Reasoning For Killing Voting Rights

There is simply no intellectual honesty here at all.
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Price Transparency Rule Finalized, But Insurers Say It Will Not Rein In Costs

The final rule requires insurers to disclose information on prices for healthcare services and cost-sharing with patients. The government says it will help lower prices, but insurers aren't so sure.
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Teladoc v. AmWell: 5 Things To Know

Teladoc Health has sued competitor American Well for patent infringement. The company is seeking unspecified damages and a ruling that would prevent AmWell from using the telemedicine cart technology that Teladoc claims to hold the patents for.
Tags: Law, Intellectual Property, Health Care / Medicine, Amwell, Teladoc, Teladoc Health

Purdue To Plead Guilty, Pay $8.3B Deal To Resolve Opioid Charges

In addition to monetary damages and the guilty pleas, the government is seeking to transform the maker of OxyContin into a public benefit company that would fund efforts to curb opioid abuse and give away drugs to prevent overdose deaths.
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Allscripts Gets Into Trademark Tussle During Sale Of CarePort

The health IT company filed a lawsuit against telemedicine startup CarePortMD as it looks to sell its similarly named post-acute care subsidiary.
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DOJ Cracks Down On Telehealth Kickbacks In $6B Fraud idnvestigation

The investigation resulted in charges against more than 345 defendants for more than $6 billion in alleged fraud losses. Roughly $4.5 billion of that was connected to telemedicine, the Department of Justice said.
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Anthem To Pay Nearly $40M Settlement After 2015 Cyberattack

Anthem will pay $39.5 million in a settlement related to a cyberattack in 2015. The settlement, reached with a group of state attorneys general, is separate from a class-action case over the breach that Anthem settled in 2018.
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Policy Makers Should ‘Set Their Sights Higher’ On U.S. Drug-Pricing Regulations, Researchers Say

A review published in JAMA found that bills introduced into the House and Senate don't go nearly as far as existing drug-pricing regulations other countries. The researchers listed eight key lessons from six nations.
Tags: Law, Senate, House, JAMA, Health Care / Medicine, U S Drug Pricing Regulations Researchers Say

Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans To Settle For $2.7B… And That’s Not The Most Important Relief

After seven years, David Boies eyes the finish line for his clients in the Blue Cross Blue Shield class action.
Tags: Law, Antitrust, David Boies, Biglaw, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Health Care / Medicine, Boies Schiller & Flexner

La FDA, C’est Moi: In Memo, HHS’ Azar Asserts Power To Sign New Rules, Traditionally Purview Of Agencies’ Lawyers

The New York Times reported that in a memo, Alex Azar stated that the power to sign new rules is 'reserved' for him, a move that one expert called a 'power grab.' It is unclear how it will affect authorizations of vaccines against the coronavirus.
Tags: Law, New York Times, Health Care / Medicine, Alex Azar