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Florida Nursing Home Deaths Have Ripple Effects for Facilities Statewide

Hurricane Irma’s wrath knocked out power to much of Florida. At one South Florida senior rehabilitation center left in the dark, the generator was not powerful enough to sustain the air conditioning system, and a portable...more

Rare but Not Forgotten: FDA Speeds Review of Orphan Drug Requests

Ever heard of Hailey-Hailey Disease? How about factor V deficiency or Hemimegalencephaly? These are a few examples of rare diseases, e.g., those afflicting fewer than 200,000 Americans. Rare diseases have long had trouble...more

DEA Tweaks, Walks Back Changes to Renewal Process

DEA recently revised an earlier announcement that would have eliminated the grace period for renewals of controlled substance registrations. After initially declaring that prescribers and other registrants would no longer be...more

New Tools Help Providers Become Smarter Users of Electronic Health Records Systems

Healthcare providers excel at providing care to their patients, not designing IT strategies. Even so, with the trend toward value-based payments increasing, more healthcare providers have turned to electronic health records...more

The Changing Meaning of Healthy: FDA Seeks Public Input About Healthy Foods

In the 1990s, food had to be low in fat in order to be considered healthy. Those were the days of Snack-Wells cookies and fat-free salad dressings. How times have changed. Now health professionals consider many higher-fat...more

Anti-Discrimination, Language Access Rules Compliance Deadline Fast Approaching for Health Insurers

Health insurers and HMOs have a limited time to review the new federal meaningful access rules and amend plan documents accordingly. However, many payors still have not revised their plans to include the required language,...more

Fighting Prescription Drug Abuse Gets a Little Easier for Florida Providers, Pharmacists

Pharmacies, dispensing prescribers, and certain healthcare facilities in Florida will soon have an easier time complying with controlled-substance reporting requirements. Florida established its Prescription Drug Monitoring...more

Protecting the Blood Supply During a Future Ebola Outbreak

It has been more than a year and a half since the Ebola outbreak began racing across western Africa. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), more than 28,000 people have been infected. Although...more

12/17/2015  /  CDC , Ebola , FDA , Healthcare , Infectious Diseases

Food Recalls Increase in First Quarter of 2015

Food producers are reporting a sharp rise in food recalls so far this year. During the first quarter of 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published notices of 118 food recalls (excluding pet foods), and the...more

Reimbursement Changes, Shift to Consumerism Discussed at Akerman Healthcare Briefing

Changing reimbursement models and a shift to consumerism were two of the hot topics discussed at Akerman LLP's recent Healthcare Briefing event titled "Financial and Corporate Implications of the Affordable Care Act: A Look...more

Guidance Helps Medical Device Companies Determine Substantial Equivalence

When is a medical device substantially equivalent to another device? Like so much else, it depends. On July 15, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a draft guidance that aims to clarify that question....more

8/5/2014  /  FDA , Healthcare , Medical Devices

FDA Offers Guidance for Choosing Prescription Drug Names

If you've seen your share of prescription drug commercials, you've likely marveled at the odd drug names: Moexipril. Oxcarbazepine. Zafirlukast. You might think pharmaceutical companies just prefer complex, new combinations...more

For-Profit Corporations Entitled to Religious Exemption from Contraceptive Mandate

On June 30, 2014, the Supreme Court decided the closely watched case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. The main question before the court was whether for-profit companies may assert religious grounds to avoid providing...more

Florida Says Can Do To Medical Cannabis

In the waning days of the 2014 legislative session, the Florida Legislature passed the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014. It is a very limited medical marijuana bill with very strict restrictions and conditions on...more

Security Breach May Not Be Covered By Your General Liability Policy

Data breaches are certainly not unique to the healthcare industry. Large data breaches like the one experienced by Target stores in late 2013 seem increasingly common. Retail, financial, and other types of companies hold...more

Florida Acknowledges Exemption For Intracompany Sales Of Pharmaceuticals

A new declaratory statement from Florida regulators clarifies the restrictions on intracompany sales of pharmaceuticals. Previously, if one pharmacy in Florida wanted to send a bottle of prescription medicine to its sister...more

Thought Leaders: These Are "Turbulent," "Transitional" Times In Healthcare

The phrase "the only constant is change itself" has rarely been so true across an entire industry. The U.S. healthcare sector is having to adjust to rapidly changing times. That whirlwind of change was discussed by industry...more

HHS Allows Third-Party Premium Payments By Tribes And Non-Profits

We previously reported that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") has discouraged hospitals and other third parties from paying patients' premiums or cost-sharing. HHS stated in its November 4, 2013 FAQ...more

Industry Leaders Share Insights Into Healthcare Reform And The Future Of Healthcare Policy

Current events were top-of-mind last Friday, November 15, 2013, as Akerman LLP's Healthcare Practice Group and Wells Fargo invited clients and industry professionals to engage in a thoughtful discussion on healthcare reform...more

HHS Guidance Clouds Earlier Statement, Discourages Providers From Purchasing Insurance For Patients

There has been much speculation in the health care community that it may be financially beneficial, under certain circumstances, for hospitals and other large providers to purchase health care coverage for their indigent...more

FDA Launches Medical Device ID Requirement

On September 24, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized a new rule requiring medical devices to bear special ID numbers. The numbers, called Unique Device Identifiers or UDIs, will identify the manufacturer,...more

Florida Legislative Session 2013: Healthcare Summary

The 2013 Florida Legislative Session concluded on May 3, 2013. The following is a partial summary of healthcare-related bills that may impact your business or practice. Note that some of these bills have become law, but...more

Federal Appeals Court Sides With HIPAA Over Florida Law in "Catch 22" Case Over the Release of Deceased Patient Records by Nursing...

As we first reported in December 2011, it's a common scenario: A Florida nursing home resident dies, and his or her spouse, surrogate, proxy, or attorney requests the resident's medical records. However, if the nursing home...more

Healthcare Providers Authorized to Report Potentially Dangerous Persons

The public's concern about mass shootings spiked following the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in December. As the nation searches for ways to prevent future violent acts, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services...more

The Federal Government Issues Proposed Regulations for the Affordable Care Act

On November 20, 2012, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published proposed rules to implement several key areas of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)....more

11/27/2012  /  CMS , EHB , HHS
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