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An executive summary of political, legal and regulatory issues that may impact your business, prepared by Polsinelli Shughart Health Care legal and Public Policy professionals.


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Update for January 9, 2013


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Therapy Cuts in Fiscal Cliff Deal Criticized as 'Blatantly Unfair'

The $1.8 billion in payment cuts for multiple therapy procedures to offset the one-year cost of the Medicare physician "doc fix" is "blatantly unfair," according the therapy industry representatives. The cut, which takes effect on April 1, increases the multiple procedure payment reduction from 25 percent to 50 percent, for a savings of $1.8 billion. [More ...]


Health Expenditures Rise to $2.7 Trillion in 2011

Health care spending in the United States increased 3.9 percent in 2011 to total $2.7 trillion, according to a CMS report. [More ...]


NAIC Urges CMS to Phase-in Premium Age Rating Restrictions

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) is urging CMS to provide states with flexibility in transitioning to the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) restrictions on how age may be used to determine premiums. [More ...]


Proposed Rule Clarifies Employers Role in Imposition of Excise Tax

The proposed rules governing the ACA's employer shared responsibility provisions, issued in December, provide much needed clarification to employers over issues surrounding the excise tax imposed when one or more of their employees receive a premium tax-credit or cost-sharing subsidy to purchase health insurance through an exchange. [More ...]


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