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Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Beware: New State Drug Transparency Laws and Enforcement Mechanisms Are Coming In 2022

In 2016, states began passing pharmaceutical price reporting laws.  These laws are designed to bring transparency to a pharmaceutical manufacturer’s drug pricing process by requiring drug manufacturers to report pricing and other information related to the cost, development, and sale of drugs.  By October 2021, approximately twenty states have passed…

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Don’t Forget about the States! Understanding the Maze of State Billing Laws for Physicians and Laboratories Providing Anatomic Pathology Services

Laboratory tests play a critical part of the healthcare system.  Ordering and billing for these tests, however, is not always cut-and-dry.  Compliance with federal laws and rules (like the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS), and the Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act (EKRA) – not to mention…

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Judge Dismisses Pfizer’s Lawsuit Over HHS Limits on Drug Copay Assistance

In a previous post published on the Washington Legal Foundation’s Legal Pulse blog, Goodwin Partners Matt Wetzel and William Jackson discussed the potential implications of a high-profile recent lawsuit lodged by Pfizer against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office of Inspector General’s (“OIG”) over Pfizer’s drug…

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Exactly One Year Later, CMS Reverses Course on Covering Innovative MedTech

In September 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a new rule that would expedite Medicare coverage for medical technology approved through the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) “Breakthrough Devices Program.”  CMS’s proposal – the Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology, or MCIT, Pathway – was groundbreaking in…

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Florida Joins List of States Requiring Licensure for Genetic Counselors

Many allied health professionals are subject to state-level licensing requirements that can vary from jurisdiction-to-jurisdiction. What may be required in New York to hold a medical professional license may differ dramatically from what is required in Illinois or Texas, for instance.  One state’s requirements may be onerous and administratively taxing;…

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Five Emerging Concerns for the Health Care Industry as AI & Telehealth Converge

The use of telehealth continues to grow rapidly across the U.S.  Given legislative proposals and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services efforts to expand access to telehealth, we can only anticipate that remotely engaging with healthcare providers is here to stay.   In fact, the National Center for Health Statistics…

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Alere Pays $198.75 Million to Settle False Claims for Allegedly Billing Medicare for Defective POC Devices, Not Charging Copays, and Sending Supplies to Deceased Patients

Alere Inc. and Alere San Diego Inc. (collectively “Alere”) have come under fire recently by the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and other government agencies, agreeing to settle several rounds of accusations of False Claims Act violations for a total of $198.75 million. The first series of settlements was announced…

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Patient Stakeholder Group Zeroes in on Medical Device Industry

In recent months, the Kaiser Health Network (part of the Kaiser Family Foundation) has issued three reports scrutinizing the orthopedic industry and its practices.  Each report articulates the stakeholder group’s concerns over relationships among orthopedic and spinal surgeons, orthopedic implant manufacturers, and their sales representatives.  Medical device manufacturers, especially those…

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