On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the comprehensive healthcare reform bill, and one week later he signed the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, which supplements and "fixes" several provisions of PPACA. Together, these laws will profoundly affect every stakeholder in the US healthcare system. In particular, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, insurers, pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs), and healthcare providers will find that the implementation of these laws will bring significant challenges.
Arnold & Porter LLP has been working with clients to understand these new laws and to prepare for their forthcoming implementation. Our lawyers and other professionals have extensive experience in many of the areas affected by the comprehensive reform. These include: Medicare reimbursement, Medicaid rebates, section 340B drug discounts, biosimilars, healthcare fraud, waste, and abuse laws, legal and policy issues posed by comparative effectiveness research, and manufacturer obligations to report payments to healthcare professionals.
US Healthcare Reform Chart
See updates on US legislation in our US Healthcare Reform Chart.
Chart last updated 2/08/2012.
Understanding the new healthcare reform provisions and organizing crucial documents is a major challenge. We have developed a Healthcare Reform Chart that links to select key documents and can provide easy access to information on the healthcare reform issues likely to be of greatest interest. We hope this chart is useful to you.
Now that PPACA and the Reconciliation Act have been signed into law, the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the US Food and Drug Administration, and other agencies will be issuing regulations and guidance implementing a number of provisions of the health reform laws. We will update this chart as implementation commences, adding key documents from these government agencies. We have also incorporated relevant documents on recent related laws and bills that include important healthcare reforms.
With many years of experience in virtually every area of healthcare law and legislation, Arnold & Porter's multidisciplinary team offers sophisticated analysis, strategy, and advocacy in meeting the challenges of these wide-ranging reforms and helping our clients adapt to the dramatically changing landscape of healthcare.