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California: Proposed Legislation Regulating Health Care Rates for Payors and Providers

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An ambitious California proposal to regulate health care rates and curb long-term health care spending was unveiled last week in Assembly Bill 3087 (Proposed Legislation).  The key concept in the Proposed Legislation is the establishment of an independent commission with the authority to set the rates paid for health care services in most commercial contexts.  … Continue reading this entry

California Medicaid Agency Proposes Significant Restrictions on FQHC and RHC Reimbursement

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California’s Medicaid agency has posted draft language of a new state plan amendment (SPA) that would make major changes to federally qualified health center (FQHC) and Rural Health Clinic (RHC) reimbursement.  Public comments may be made on the proposal until 5 PM on March 23, 2018.  Following review of public comments, the California Department of … Continue reading this entry

Update on California’s End of Life Option Act

In June  2016, California became the fifth state to enact an aid-in-dying law.  California’s End of Life Option Act (the “Act”) authorizes an adult who is suffering from a terminal disease and meets other qualifications to request an aid-in-dying drug that may be prescribed for the purpose of ending his or her life.  Cal. Health … Continue reading this entry

Three Dozen States Sue Makers of Opioid Addiction Treatment Medications for Antitrust

With opioid abuse continuing to dominate national headlines, manufacturers of opioid overdose medications are facing intense scrutiny over pricing practices that threaten (or those perceived as threatening) public availability of these medications.  In March 2015, for instance, Congress investigated “price hikes” by Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Amphastar”) for naloxone (sold under the brand name Narcan®), a … Continue reading this entry

California Targets Surprise Medical Bills, Follows on the Heels of New York and Florida

Governor Brown approved a new law last Friday that limits patient exposure to so-called surprise medical bills.  AB 72 caps the cost-sharing obligations of patients who unexpectedly receive care from non-contracted providers during or because of a stay at an in-network facility.  The law limits cost sharing for covered services to in-network amounts unless the … Continue reading this entry

California’s End of Life Option Act: Key Requirements and Considerations

On June 9, 2016, California’s End of Life Option Act (the “Act”) will go into effect.  The Act authorizes an adult who is suffering from a terminal disease and meets other qualifications to request an aid-in-dying drug that may be prescribed for the purpose of ending his or her life.  California is the fifth state … Continue reading this entry

CMS Approves California’s Section 1115 Medicaid Demonstration

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved a new section 1115 Medicaid demonstration for the state of California. Under the demonstration, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will develop and redesign components of its Medicaid delivery system consistent with the approved terms and conditions, creating significant changes to California’s Medicaid … Continue reading this entry