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Pharmacies are Eligible to Participate in Phase 3 of the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund
In some welcome news for providers, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced the commencement of the application period for the "Phase 3" distribution from the CARES Act Provider...
Best Practices for Resuming Outpatient Elective Procedures, Post-PAUSE
New York State-based Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Office-Based Surgery Practices, and Diagnostic & Treatment Centers, following a pause of two months and counting, are eager ...
Pharmacy Alert: Rochester Drug Cooperative, Following Bankruptcy, Ramps up Litigation against Pharmacies
The demise of Rochester Drug Cooperative ("RDC") continues, and this time it is retail pharmacies that must beware of the fallout. In March 2020—following numerous private, stat...
Galderma Laboratories Lawsuits Update
Many pharmacies across the United States have received demand letters from Galderma Laboratories demanding return of funds paid in connection with the CareConnect Program.  Numerous suits ha...
New Guidance Regarding SBA PPP Loans
The US Department of Treasury has released new guidance regarding SBA loans to be made under the Payroll Protection Program. Some critical points clarified by the Treasury guidance include: PPP loan a...
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Pharmacies are Eligible to Participate in Phase 3 of the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund

In some welcome news for providers, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced the commencement of the application period for the "Phase 3" distribution from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund. As a health care provider, here is what you need to know:

Purpose: . . .

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Best Practices for Resuming Outpatient Elective Procedures, Post-PAUSE

New York State-based Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Office-Based Surgery Practices, and Diagnostic & Treatment Centers, following a pause of two months and counting, are eager to resume elective and non-essential procedures. Before . . .

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Pharmacy Alert: Rochester Drug Cooperative, Following Bankruptcy, Ramps up Litigation against Pharmacies

The demise of Rochester Drug Cooperative ("RDC") continues, and this time it is retail pharmacies that must beware of the fallout. In March 2020—following numerous private, state and federal government-led lawsuits accusing RDC of being . . .

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Galderma Laboratories Lawsuits Update

Many pharmacies across the United States have received demand letters from Galderma Laboratories demanding return of funds paid in connection with the CareConnect Program.  Numerous suits have been filed in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Texas.  Attorneys . . .

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New Guidance Regarding SBA PPP Loans

The US Department of Treasury has released new guidance regarding SBA loans to be made under the Payroll Protection Program. Some critical points clarified by the Treasury guidance include:

PPP loan applications will be submitted directly to SBA-certified lenders, who can begin accepting . . .

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COVID-19 Employment Law Q&As

Q.   As a New York State employer, what paid sick leave or family leave laws are currently applicable to my business?
​A.  New York State employers are currently/will shortly be subject to:

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (federal . . .

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GOV. CUOMO, DOH COMMISSIONER ORDER FACILITIES TO INCREASE BED AVAILABILITY FOR COVID-19 PATIENTS

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and NYS Department of Health Commissioner Howard A. Zucker have ordered all medical facilities located in New York State—i.e. hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery practices, and diagnostic & treatment centers—to take . . .

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CONGRESS AND HHS ANNOUNCE SIGNIFICANT EXPANSIONS TO MEDICARE TELEHEALTH COVERAGE IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS

Congress recently passed the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, which the President signed into law. In an effort to encourage social distancing and increase access to care, the law significantly expands Medicare coverage for telehealth services. Specifically, Medicare . . .

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CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY MEASURES: WAIVER OF STATE LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, OTHER POLICIES GOING INTO EFFECT

 Federal and state governments are racing to implement emergency measures designed at containing and treating COVID-19. One such measure is the waiver of in-state licensure requirements for providers licensed in another state or jurisdiction. Presently, New York and New Jersey have not implemented . . .

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Telemedicine and COVID-19: Medicare to Reimburse Practitioners Treating Patients at Home

To encourage patients to seek medical attention from their homes rather than visiting a hospital or doctor's office, the Center for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) will start reimbursing physicians and non-physician . . .

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Laboratory Testing and Billing for COVID-19

Labs performing diagnostic tests for the 2019-Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) have new HCPCS and CPT codes for billing and tracking new cases of the virus.

The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) has updated . . .

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Opioid Litigation Update: Invasive Subpoenas Issued to Pharmacies; Information Regarding RDC Sought

The New York State opioid litigation, led by private plaintiffs and the Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York, has taken another turn.Plaintiffs' counsel has now issued subpoenas to thousands of New York State-based pharmacies who are not parties to the litigation.These subpoenas . . .

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Important Client Alert - OptumRx Provider Manual Update

IMPORTANT CLIENT ALERT

The latest edition of OptumRx (ORX) Provider Manual (2019 4th Edition) contains significant new provisions pertaining to maintenance of records by pharmacies.We expect that, in . . .

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Sauchik & Giyaur, P.C. secures reversal of network termination of five providers

Sauchik & Giyaur, P.C. (the "Firm") recently secured reversal of network terminations for five providers, ensuring that the providers continued as participating providers. The individual providers, who were part of the same practice, had received abrupt network termination notices from a prominent . . .

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PharmacyFirst's Participants Are Hit With GER Clawbacks

Pharmacies are urged to take immediate steps to challenge PharmacyFirst's actions in connection with so-called "GER" adjustments. GER ("Generic Effective Rate") provisions were added in the past year to agreements between Caremark and . . .

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Alec Sauchik selected to join the Health Law Committee of NYCBA

Alec Sauchik, Esq. has been selected to serve on the Health Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association for the 2019-2022 term.  The Health Law Committee is comprised of attorneys of highly varied backgrounds who . . .

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Visit us in Vegas!

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Las Vegas, NV

We will be highlighting our services and expertise at the Asembia Specialty Pharmacy Summit 2019. Please join our attorneys . . .

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Medicaid Providers, Beware: OMIG Places Provider Compliance Programs Under Review

The NYS Office of the Medicaid Inspector General ("OMIG") has dramatically increased enforcement activity in connection with Medicaid provider compliance programs: OMIG is notifying providers that their compliance programs are being placed . . .

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The SUPPORT Act - Providers Need to Take Notice

On October 24, 2018, the President signed a new bill aimed at combating the opioid addiction epidemic that is sweeping the nation - the SUPPORT Act of 2018.  The full Congressional summary of the the . . .

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The Importance of Fresh Perspectives When Challenging PBM Audit Findings and Termination Notices

It is a familiar story - a pharmacy provider receives a PBM termination notice or audit findings, believes that nothing can be done, and gives up the fight.  Providers often fall into the trap of accepting PBM's narratives and not . . .

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