The Affordable Care Act – In One Act

We have been asked what might the effect of the US Supreme Court’s upcoming decision on the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA), might be on our clients. The sections of the law that most impact clinical site and vendor agreements are: 1) Section 6002 which requires industry to report to CMS any payments or other transfers of value they furnish to physicians and teaching hospitals, and 2) the Medicare Secondary Payer Rule for reporting payments for treatment of study subject injuries.  As an industry, we have no way of knowing what effect the outcome of the SCOTUS decision will be but we’ll be paying attention to the impact it will have on these two requirements, specifically.

The US Health and Human Services website has a nice snapshot of PPACA, as it exists today, and I am including it here, as any discussion ultimately devolves into a jumbled dialogue of sorts, that is really just a bunch of talking points that we counter to the best of our knowledge. This is very high level but the full law can be viewed here. Despite the “buzz”, in my opinion, the law is easy to understand. One may fundamentally disagree with certain of its terms but it is an easy read for any native English speaker.

From HHS:

About the Law

The Affordable Care Act puts consumers back in charge of their health care. Under the law, a new “Patient’s Bill of Rights” gives the American people the stability and flexibility they need to make informed choices about their health. View Key Features of the Affordable Care Act or read a year-by-year overview of features.




Content created by Assist. Sec./Public Affairs – Digital Communications Division Content last reviewed on November 14, 2014