Capital Thinking: Health Care Legislative Update

By | Triage | May 11, 2015
Capital Thinking: Health Care Legislative Update

Several hearings this week will focus on veterans’ health topics. Both the House and the Senate will discuss the implementation of the Veterans Choice Program early in the week, with the Senate holding a hearing on Tuesday, May 12, and the House following on Wednesday, May 13.

“Ring My Friend, I Said You Call Doctor Robert, Day or Night He’ll Be There”*

By | Health Law Update | May 8, 2015
“Ring My Friend, I Said You Call Doctor Robert, Day or Night He’ll Be There”*

The first lawsuit, in what may be a wave of antitrust litigation challenging professional board regulations in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission (Dental Examiners), was recently filed in Austin, Texas, by “one of the first and largest telehealth services in the United States” that “connects a network of approximately 700 board-certified, state-licensed physicians with approximately 11 million patients.”

The Next Generation ACO — the Yellow Brick Road to Capitation

By | Triage | May 7, 2015
The Next Generation ACO — the Yellow Brick Road to Capitation

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced its Better, Smarter, Healthier initiative, part of which plans on tying “30 percent of traditional, or fee-for-service, Medicare payments to quality or value through alternative payment models, such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) or bundled payment arrangements by the end of 2016, and tying 50 percent of payments to these models by the end of 2018.”