Supreme Court of the United States
AMERICAN HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION, et al.,
NORRIS COCHRAN, in his official capacity as the Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services, et al.,
On Petition for a Writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
PETITION FOR A WRIT OF CERTIORARI
DONALD B. VERRILLI, JR.
Counsel of Record
JEREMY S. KREISBERG
MUNGER, TOLLES & OLSON LLP
601 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
Counsel for Petitioners
Under federal law, the reimbursement rate paid by Medicare for specified covered outpatient drugs is set based on one of two alternative payment methodologies. If the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has collected adequate “hospital acquisition cost survey data,” it sets the reimbursement rate equal to the “average acquisition cost for the drug,” and “may vary” that rate “by hospital group.” 42 U.S.C. 1395l(t)(14)(A)(iii)(I). If HHS has not collected adequate “hospital acquisition cost data,” it must set a reimbursement rate equal to the “average price for the drug,” which is “calculated and adjusted by [HHS] as necessary for purposes of” the statute. 42 U.S.C. 1395l(t)(14)(A)(iii)(II).
The question presented is whether Chevron deference permits HHS to set reimbursement rates based on acquisition cost and vary such rates by hospital group if it has not collected adequate hospital acquisition cost survey data.
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