End of Week Roundup

This week, the focus of the health care world has been on the oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court concerning the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Our editors have contributed a great deal of summary and analysis on the different issues involved, including the following:

  • Day 1: Arguments on whether the Court can even hear the case. Is the penalty for not purchasing health insurance a tax? 
  • Day 2: Arguments on whether the individual mandate is constitutional.
  • Day 3: Arguments on the severability of the mandate and expansion of Medicaid.
  • Synopsis of amicus briefs regarding the issues of Medicaid and severability.
  • Discussion of whether Medicaid should be expanded under the law.
  • An overview of public vs. legal opinions on the case.

Also this week:

  • Can those who bring lawsuits against generic drug manufacturers find relief?
  • An extension of the HIPAA Enforcement Discretion Period.
  • CMS’ initiative to reduce hospitalizations for nursing facility residents.
  • Direct solicitation” prohibition for DMEPOS suppliers is amended.
  • Paul Ryan’s plan for Medicaid block grants gets scrutinized.