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Roma Sharma

Roma Sharma

Roma Sharma is an associate in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office and a member of the firm’s Health Care Group. Roma primarily works with health care clients seeking to comply with regulations for state and federal health care programs, health care anti-fraud and abuse laws, and licensing laws.

Roma’s work incorporates her Master of Public Health degree in Health Policy as well as her past experiences as an extern at the Office of the General Counsel at the American Medical Association and as an intern at the Illinois Office of the Attorney General, Health Care Bureau.

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OIG Issues Advisory Opinion Rejecting the Labeling of Test Tubes at No Cost

Posted in Fraud, Waste & Abuse, Medicare
On November 28, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued an unfavorable advisory opinion (No. 16-12) that addresses the permissibility, under the federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS), of a laboratory’s proposal to label test tubes and collect specimen containers at no cost to, and for the benefit… Continue Reading

Medicaid Managed Care Final Rule: Prevention of Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

Posted in Fraud, Waste & Abuse, Medicaid
The Medicaid Managed Care Final Rule aims to align Medicaid regulations with those of other health coverage programs, modernizing the post-Affordable Care Act healthcare landscape. Among other goals, the Final Rule seeks to bolster the transparency, accountability, and integrity of Medicaid managed care by imposing and clarifying requirements meant to reduce fraud, waste, and abuse.… Continue Reading

New Payment Models and Data: Changes and Themes to Watch

Posted in Events, Fraud, Waste & Abuse, Health IT, Medicare
On June 23, Crowell & Moring and Accenture co-hosted the Fostering Innovative Digital Health Strategies Conference in Crowell’s D.C. office. The conference provided a broad analysis of the business and legal issues that must be addressed as health care organizations and technology companies consider innovative strategies to use digital health technologies. The conference covered several… Continue Reading

CMS Proposes New ACO Performance Measures

Posted in Health Care Reform & ACA, Medicare
On January 28, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would change the methodology used to evaluate and adjust the performance of Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). The proposed rule is intended to improve long-term incentives for ACOs and create a path for long-term… Continue Reading

CMS Announces Substantial Increase in ACO Participants for 2016

Posted in Health Care Reform & ACA
On January 11, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that 100 new Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) began participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). CMS also announced that 21 new providers and hospitals have signed up to participate in other ACO-focused shared savings programs, including the Pioneer ACO Model, Next… Continue Reading

South Florida Hospital System Settles Stark Allegations for $69.5 Million

Posted in Fraud, Waste & Abuse
On September 15, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the settlement of a qui tam action in the amount of $69.5 million with North Broward Hospital District (NBHD). The amount is a small fraction of the $442 million in treble damages to the Medicare and Medicaid programs alleged in the Third Amended Complaint.… Continue Reading

Health Information Blocking Leads to New Requirements and May Lead to Enforcement Actions

Posted in Fraud, Waste & Abuse, Health IT
The federal government has spent billions to promote adoption and “meaningful use” of health information technology (HIT). There is growing government interest in ensuring that HIT is used to support patient care, but doing so requires electronic exchange of information. Congress, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and States have taken action to… Continue Reading

HRSA Proposes Rule on 340b Ceiling Pricing, Removes Orphan Drug Regulations and Sets Forth Civil Monetary Penalties

Posted in Health Care Reform & ACA
On June 17, 2015, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) published a Proposed Rule revising regulations governing the 340B Drug Pricing Program (340B Program) found in 42 C.F.R. Part 10. The Proposed Rule applies to all drug manufacturers that are required to make their drugs available to covered entities under the 340B Program. Notably,… Continue Reading