Author: Nicole Burgmeier

Nicole Burgmeier

Nicole practices in the area of health law advising pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care providers, and medical practices on a variety of regulatory, compliance, and corporate transactional matters. She regularly advises on issues related to Medicare and Medicaid, state and federal privacy laws, state pharmacy laws, medical staff bylaws, tax-exempt status, certificate of need appeals, corporate structures and formation, and state and federal licensure.

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OIG issues Advisory Opinion on a Retail Pharmacy’s Paid Membership Program Which Includes Federal Health Care Program Beneficiaries

Nicole Burgmeier

On September 7, 2017, the OIG posted an advisory opinion regarding a retail pharmacy chain’s proposal to extend to federal health care program beneficiaries the option to participate in a paid membership program that includes discounts on certain prescriptions and clinical services offered by the retail chains’ pharmacies and in-store clinics.  Presently, the pharmacy chain’s...

Opioid Epidemic Declared a National Emergency; Proposed Law Calls for Mandatory E-Prescribing of Controlled Substances to Curb Drug Abuse

Nicole Burgmeier

  Today, in a move that is widely supported by those in both political parties and across the country, President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency.  Doing so will allow for additional resources to be used toward fighting the opioid crisis, which could include expanding treatment facilities and supplying first responders with the...

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

Nicole Burgmeier

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

Nicole Burgmeier

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...

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

Nicole Burgmeier

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...

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

Nicole Burgmeier

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...

OIG Announces Drug Pricing and Reimbursement Web Portfolio

Nicole Burgmeier

On February 17, 2017 the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) posted a Drug Pricing and Reimbursement Web portfolio on its website that, according to the OIG announcement, “pulls together the HHS OIG’s body of work since 2010 as well as other relevant items that relate to drug pricing and reimbursement in HHS programs.” The...

OIG Releases 2017 Work Plan

Nicole Burgmeier

Executive Summary The United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) published its Fiscal Year 2017 Work Plan (“2017 Plan”) on November 10, 2016. The work plan is published annually by the OIG and identifies new and ongoing investigative, enforcement and compliance priorities for the OIG in the upcoming...

The Changing Landscape of the Fight Against Opioid and Heroin Addiction and the Availability of Naloxone

Nicole Burgmeier

In recent months, the Obama administration and many health and pharmaceutical players at the state and local levels have focused their attention on the national opioid epidemic. Based on recent findings from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, approximately 40 Americans die each day from overdoses involving prescription opioids. Additionally, according to the...