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    Nomination Slate for Officers and Council Members for FY 2021

    The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the slate of candidates for Officers and Council members for FY 2021

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    Manufacturers Seeking 340B Covered Entity Data

    Over the past few weeks, Merck has sent letters to numerous 340B covered entities seeking access to all contract pharmacy claims data for its products. Merck requested that the covered entity “share 340B Program contract pharmacy claims data for [its] products” so the it may “use this data to match against rebate claims it receives to ensure it isn’t paying duplicate Medicaid discounts and duplicate discounts on Medicare Part D and commercial utilization through [its] contracts with commercial payers[.]”

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    Biotech Testing Company to Settle Fraudulent Billing and Kickback Claims for $49 Million

    The DOJ issued a statement on July 23 that it, along with several other agencies, settled fraudulent billing and kickback claims against Progenity Inc., a biotech company that provides molecular and diagnostic tests.

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    CMS Announces New Resources to Protect Nursing Home Residents Against COVID-19

    On July 22, CMS announced several new initiatives designed to protect nursing home residents from the COVID-19 virus. These new initiatives include new funding, enhanced testing, additional technical assistance and support, and weekly data on high risk nursing homes.

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    Preparing for Pandemics and Disasters: Emergency Preparedness Requirements

    This webinar focused on the emergency preparedness Final Rule which was updated by CMS on September 30, 2019, and preparations for accreditation surveys under the updated Rule.

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    A Lawyer's Ethical Duty to be Proficient in Today’s Technology and to be Circumspect when Using it

    In this webinar, Lynn Barrett explored a lawyer's ethical duty to be proficient in today's technology utilizing the ABA's Model Rules as a guide.

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    Healthcare Sector COVID 19 Waivers-Impact on Operations and Valuations

    The presentation provides an overview of the specific 1135 Waivers by industry through the latest updates issued by CMS as of 5/15. VMG provides a real time impact on COVID for publicly traded companies within the industry and provides VMG’s perspective on the impact to operations with regards to 1135 Waivers.

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    Qui Tam Cases: The Impact of the Granston Memo in Practice

    In 2018, the Director of DOJ's Civil Fraud Section, Michael Granston, issued a memo advising U.S. Attorneys to consider dismissing meritless False Claims Act ("FCA") suits instead of simply declining intervention.

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    Trending CLE: COVID-19 Collections

    The spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) is having significant legal implications across the sector: from remote working to dealing with the effects of the pandemic on business, firms, employees and associates. The ABA is pleased to be able to offer a variety of CLE webinars and on-demand products that specifically address some of your questions on the effects of this outbreak. We are pleased to feature free-to-member live webinars for your legal education. Get CLE credit and get informed!

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