Legal Insights and Perspectives for the Healthcare Industry
Please join members of our immigration team for a webinar on Wednesday, February 17 at 1:00 pm ET, examining the impact of the Biden administration on US business immigration policy through legislative proposals, redirected agency priorities, and regulatory shifts, and what these initiatives may foretell for US employers that seek to recruit and hire talented foreign nationals.
Our employee benefits team recently published a LawFlash discussing the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, which contains provisions impacting employer sponsored group health plans, including to protect group health plan participants from surprise medical bills, ensure health plan price transparency, and offer relief related to health and dependent care flexible spending accounts.
In what has become the new “normal” in Washington, DC, these days, hospitals and their associations filed a lawsuit today against the US Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) challenging the recent Final Rule issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on November 27, 2019, addressing hospital pricing disclosures.
In this LawFlash, our healthcare industry team unpacks the final rule requiring hospitals to make standard charges public and the proposed transparency in coverage rule requiring group health plans and health insurance issuers to disclose negotiated rates with providers and out-of-network estimates for consumers.
CMS has released a pair of rules “that take historic steps to increase price transparency to empower patients and increase competition among all hospitals, group health plans and health insurance issuers in the individual and group markets.”
HB 2536 requires pharmaceutical manufacturers to disclose to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) when a drug’s price increases 15% or more compared to the previous year, or 40% or more over three calendar years.
“Medicare for All” has appeared in the nation’s political dialogue as we head into the next election cycle, with a number of plans being proposed by Democratic lawmakers.