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Health Care Law Sources in the News

Recently, the Washington Post carried a story on the post-election regulations under the Affordable Health Care Act, “Health care law’s new regulations set soon.” The story referred to several documents and websites when discussing expected regulations dealing with medical device excise tax, insurance plans, and bundled payments. Below are links to these documents and sites.

The Internal Revenue Services (IRS) proposed rule on the medical device excise tax can be found on the IRS’s “Affordable Care Act Tax Provisions” page. Under the heading “Proposed Regulations Issued on Medical Device Excise Tax” you will not only find a link to proposed regulation, but also a link to an FAQ. Unfortunately none of the questions asked in the story is answered in the FAQ.

The House Ways and Means subcommittee has posted Daniel Durham’s testimony from the “Hearing on Implementation of Heath Insurance Exchanges and Related Provisions,” September 12, 2012. The four other witnesses’ testimony is also available.

According to the Review Regulatory Dashboard the three rules submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the 8th and 9th of November are “Exchanges Part II–Standards Related to Essential Health Benefits; Health Insurance Issuer and Exchange Responsibilities With Respect to Actuarial Value, Quality, and Accreditation,” “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Health Insurance Market Rules,” and “Health Care Quality White Paper: Health Care Quality Provisions in the Affordable Care Act: Questions for Stakeholders.” To learn more about the stages of rule creation see the Research Guide: Following the Creation of a Federal Regulation.

The Center for Medicate and Medicaid Innovation’s “Bundled Payments for Care Improvement” page, gathers information about the bundled payments initiative. It contains sections covering recent updates, overview, background, details about the 2 payment types and 4 models, and more information.  The additional information contains and FAQ and a link to a learning and resources page.

Links to most of the above can be found on the Department of Health and Human Service’s (HHS) page about regulations and guidance under the Affordable Care Act. This page provides information about HHS activities, as well as other agencies such as the IRS and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.