Trump, MACRA top-of-mind for na­tion’s healthcare lawyers

Modern Healthcare - - THE WEEK AHEAD - —Shan­non Much­more

Lead­ers in all sec­tors of healthcare are scram­bling to an­tic­i­pate how the in­com­ing Don­ald Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion and Repub­li­can-con­trolled Congress will pro­ceed with ma­jor is­sues like their prom­ises to re­peal the Af­ford­able Care Act and im­ple­ment the Medi­care Ac­cess and CHIP Reau­tho­riza­tion Act.

The per­ilous fu­ture of the ACA and the le­gal lo­gis­tics of mov­ing to­ward value-based pay­ment mod­els will be key top­ics this week at the Amer­i­can Bar As­so­ci­a­tion’s 14th an­nual Wash­ing­ton Health Sum­mit.

The sweep­ing over­haul oc­cur­ring as MACRA data col­lec­tion be­gins in Jan­uary means new con­cerns for lawyers who work for healthcare sys­tems as providers de­cide how much risk to take on and whether and how to work with other provider groups.

The agenda for the two-day ABA event in­cludes a key­note ad­dress of­fer­ing a re­port card on the ACA as well as pan­els on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the MACRA and un­der­stand­ing mar­ket risk cor­ri­dors. Speak­ers in­clude insurance in­dus­try ex­ec­u­tives and for­mer of­fi­cials of the CMS such as Jonathan Blum, Les­lie Nor­walk and Thomas Scully.

Pan­els will also dis­cuss changes to the anti-kick­back reg­u­la­tions. The HHS re­cently amended some safe-har­bor sec­tions to the rule, and ear­lier this year the U.S. Jus­tice Depart­ment is­sued an in­terim fi­nal rule dou­bling penal­ties for vi­o­lat­ing the laws.

Another panel will dis­cuss physi­cian-as­sisted sui­cide statutes, their grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity and the eth­i­cal and philo­soph­i­cal ques­tions they raise.


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