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FDA Issues Proposed Rules That Give FDA Administrative Detention Authority with Respect to Drugs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 15, 2013, released proposed rules implementing sections of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) and the FDA’s new authority to protect the integrity of the drug supply chain—specifically, Section 709 of the FDASIA [amending section 304(g) of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA)]. The proposed rules provide the FDA with the administrative authority to detain drugs the FDA believes are either adulterated or misbranded. The FDA will detain the drugs until it considers what action it should take concerning the drugs, whether legal or otherwise. The goal of this detention authority has been stated by the FDA as follows: “to protect the public by preventing distribution or subsequent of use of drugs … that are believed to be adulterated or misbranded … .” Comments on the proposed rule are due no later than September 13, 2013.

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Increased Spotlight on Emergency Department Facility Coding by CMS, HHS and DOJ

Although the professional component of coding for evaluation and management services (“E&M Services”) has been scrutinized over the years, until recently, little attention has been given to coding practices for the facility component of these services—including emergency department facility services. In a September 24, 2012, letter written by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); and Eric Holder, Jr., Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, to hospital leadership throughout the United States, HHS and the Justice Department expressed their concern that hospitals may be inappropriately coding E&M Services. Specifically, the letter notes that “CMS is initiating more extensive medical reviews to ensure that providers are coding evaluation and management services accurately.” In light of the recent attention on emergency department facility component coding practices, an area that so far has largely been overlooked by the regulators, any facility that has not reviewed its coding practices for the facility component of E&M Services may want to consider doing so at this time.

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