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Health Care Practice Co-Chair Kirk Nahra Discusses Health Care Law’s Implementation

Bloomberg BNA’s Health Law Reporter
November 21, 2012

Kirk Nahra, co-chair of Wiley Rein’s Health Care Practice, was interviewed by Bloomberg BNA for a November 15 story on the implementation of President Barack Obama’s health care law.

Mr. Obama’s reelection provides hospitals with clarity that the 2010 law will not be repealed, so they can move forward with mandated reforms designed to change the health care delivery system, according to the report.

The law will increase the number of people covered by Medicaid and calls for bundled payments, value-based purchasing and the formation of accountable care organizations, Bloomberg BNA reported. While 26 states had challenged the law, the U.S. Supreme Court largely upheld it in a 5-4 ruling in June.

Between the Supreme Court case and the election, “very little of health care reform has truly gotten started,” Mr. Nahra told Bloomberg BNA. “There has been a lot of prep work, and regulations are being drafted and programs are being designed, but little has actually started to happen. Certainly we have seen little impact.”

“The only approach that is guaranteed to fail is one that isn’t allowed a chance,” Mr. Nahra added. “No one really knows if the Obama program will work, but we need to give it a chance to succeed.”

Mr. Obama’s reelection will also allow the administration to focus its attention on some key anti-fraud initiatives, Mr. Nahra told Bloomberg BNA.

“We can expect the federal government to focus significant attention on expanded prosecution in the health care fraud environment, as well as aggressive efforts to use technology to weed out fraud before it happens,” Mr. Nahra said.