Author: Alissa Smith

Alissa Smith

Alissa represents health systems, hospitals, pharmacies, long-term care providers, home health agencies and medical practices, as well as nonprofit and municipal organizations. Alissa’s transactional practice includes contracts, leases, mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. Alissa’s regulatory practice includes the interpretation and application of state and federal fraud and abuse laws, Medicare and Medicaid rules, tax-exemption laws, HIPAA and privacy laws, EMTALA laws, licensing matters, employment laws, governmental audits and open records and open meetings matters. She also assists with corporate and health system governance issues, including the revision and negotiation of medical staff bylaws.

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Medicare Proposes Continued Relief for Critical Access and Rural Hospitals Through 2-Year Moratorium on Direct Supervision Requirements

Alissa Smith

On July 13, 2017, CMS released a proposed rule as part of its 2018 Outpatient Prospective Payment System proposals [available here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2017-14883.pdf] that is aimed at helping to reduce some of the burdens rural hospitals experience in recruiting physicians. Specifically, CMS proposes a two-year moratorium, for CY 2018 and CY 2019, on the direct supervision requirements...

New Medicare Proposals that Reduce Payment to Hospitals for 340B Drugs in 2018

Alissa Smith

On July 13, 2017, CMS released several proposed rules impacting health care, including the 2018 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) proposed rule [available here https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2017-14883.pdf] which, among other proposals, could have a significant impact on 340B covered entities.  The proposed rule states that CMS will change how Medicare pays hospitals that participate in the 340B...

Genesis Healthcare Settlement with Federal Government

Alissa Smith

On June 16th, 2017, The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced a $53.6 million dollar settlement with Genesis Healthcare Inc. (“Genesis”) over six federal whistleblower lawsuits alleging that subsidiaries of the rehabilitation and transitional care provider violated the False Claims Act (“FCA”). The original qui tam plaintiffs, former employees of companies acquired by Genesis, will receive...

New York Times Obtains Copy of Draft Executive Order on Drug Prices; FDA Blogs that it is Working to Lift Barriers to Generic Drug Competition

Alissa Smith

New York Times Obtains Copy of Draft Executive Order on Drug Prices; FDA Blogs that it is Working to Lift Barriers to Generic Drug Competition On June 20, 2017, the New York Times reported that it had obtained a draft proposal of President Trump’s Executive Order on drug prices.[1] The draft Executive Order, which has...

CMS continues to tinker with new physician Quality Payment Program created by MACRA

Alissa Smith

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an advanced copy of its latest proposed rule revising the Quality Payment Program created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The proposed rule, among other things, would further streamline reporting requirements and ease administrative burdens for small and rural providers. By...

Expected Executive Order to take on High Drug Prices; Senate Committee Hears Recommendations on Drug Supply Chain from Experts

Alissa Smith

According to an article posted today on the BioCentury website, the Trump administration is drafting an executive order that will take on the high costs of pharmaceuticals by instructing “executive agencies to use value-based contracts for drug purchases, and to pursue trade policies that enhance the intellectual property rights of American pharmaceutical companies.” This is...

How Effective Is Your Compliance Program? New OIG and DOJ Guidance for Measuring the Effectiveness of Your Corporate Compliance Program

Alissa Smith

Compliance programs are an important tool for health care providers.  Compliance programs help to prevent fraud, waste and abuse, create a mechanism for catching problems early, and effective compliance programs can also provide the basis for a penalty reduction under the US Sentencing Guidelines if an entity is ever faced with sentencing for a criminal...

The Affordable Care Act in the Trump Administration

Alissa Smith

One of President Trump’s first actions in office was to sign an Executive Order stating that his Administration will seek to repeal the Affordable Care Act (the “Act”). In the meantime, President Trump directed the executive branch to take “all actions consistent with law to minimize the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens of the Act,...