05:702 Administrative Procedure Act
Dialysis companies DaVita Inc. and Fresenius Medical Care won a freeze Thursday of a new rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services requiring dialysis providers to disclose charitable premium assistance after a Texas federal judge ruled HHS unlawfully bypassed the public comment period.
A Texas federal judge on Thursday put a temporary block on a new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services rule set to take effect Friday requiring dialysis providers such as DaVita Inc. and Fresenius Medical Care to make certain disclosures about third-party premium assistance, court filings show.
The U.S. Department of Justice told a federal judge in Texas on Wednesday not to grant a request from dialysis companies to stop a Health and Human Services rule change affecting patient insurance coverage, because it is a “limited and modest but urgently needed” step to protect patients.
DaVita Inc. and Fresenius Medical Care have been subpoenaed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston regarding an arrangement in which their charitable donations fund dialysis treatment for patients, the companies said Friday, the same day they sued the government over a rule change affecting patient insurance coverage.