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Cost-Sharing ACA Reimbursements Require Congressional Appropriation

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia entered summary judgment in favor of the United States House of Representatives in a suit brought against the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) and the United States Treasury.  The court enjoined the use of unappropriated monies to reimburse cost-sharing subsidies offered by insurers under Section 1402 of the Affordable Care Act, which requires insurers offering qualified health plans through the Affordable Care Act exchanges “to reduce deductibles, coinsurance, copayments, and similar charges for eligible insured individuals enrolled in their plans, with the government providing reimbursement to insurers for these cost-sharing reductions.” Read More… 
U.S. House of Representatives v. Burwell

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Our hospital is registered with the National Practitioner Data Bank (“NPDB”).  We would like to designate as an authorized agent for NPDB querying purposes a credentials verification organization (“CVO”) with which we have recently started working.  How do we go about doing this?

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