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Senate Proposes Expanded Use of Telehealth

On May 18, 2017, the Senate Finance Committee voted to move forward a bill entitled the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017 (S870), which would increase access to...more

Trump Administration Delays Yet Another Food Rule: Revised Nutrition Facts Label Paused Indefinitely

by Saul Ewing LLP on

On June 13, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) delayed indefinitely the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts Label and Serving Size rules (the Rules), which were set to go live on July 26, 2018...more

New legislation eases the way for telehealth providers in TX and signals increasing national alignment

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

New legislation recently signed into law in Texas paves the way both for digital health companies to expand, particularly direct-to-consumer (D2C) companies, and also potentially heralds an era of virtual care visits on a...more

NC Legislative Update: May 2017 #3

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - Following the passage of the Senate budget proposal last week, the Senate had a fairly light calendar this week. The House continued to work while House budget writers draft their own budget proposal. The...more

News From the Vermont Statehouse - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - April 2017 #3

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Senate Committee Rejects Anti-Uber Amendment - The Senate Finance Committee on Friday afternoon unanimously rejected a proposal from the Senate Judiciary Committee to impose high automobile liability insurance limits on...more

Trump’s Nominee for FDA Commissioner Likely Dooms Generic Drug Labeling Rule

President Trump recently announced his intent to nominate a new commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), likely sealing the fate of FDA’s proposed generic drug labeling rule. The proposed rule would give...more

News from the Vermont Statehouse An - Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - March 2017 #2

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

The House Ways and Means Committee is considering a proposal from the Vermont Department of Taxes to reduce the amount of use tax a person can pay without providing records to prove his or her tax liability. The rate would...more

FDA Hardens Its Stance on Intended Use and Off-Label Use and Industry Responds

From 2015 to 2016, FDA appeared to open the door to loosening the standards around intended use and off-label use, but recent rule-making and public comments suggest that FDA is becoming more sclerotic instead of flexible....more

Post-Election Outlook: A New, Unpredictable World

In a shock to investors and political analysts around the world, Donald J. Trump won the 2016 Presidential election, putting the Republican Party in charge of the White House and Congress for the first time in a decade. Even...more

California Legislative Update: Which Bills Made the Final Cut?

by Littler on

Although the California Legislature sent Governor Jerry Brown bills on bed bugs, powdered alcohol, and making denim the official state fabric, the laws enacted in 2016 affecting the state’s private-sector employers were...more

Illinois Revises Data Privacy Statute

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Earlier this year, Illinois enacted a number of changes to the Illinois Personal Information Protection Act (“PIPA”). The amendments to PIPA, among other things, expand the definition of personal information subject to...more

New Patient Transparency Requirements for Hospitals and ASCs

by Carlton Fields on

Governor Scott signed into law House Bill 1175 relating to Transparency in Health Care. The new law makes several changes to existing laws regulating the licensure of hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers...more

Telemedicine nursing licensure compact legislation enacted in 6 states and 7 more right behind

In another case of technology out pacing the law, telemedicine has continued to push the limits of state medical professional licensure laws. Generally, physicians and nurses must be licensed in the state in which they...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Equipment Supplier/Dealer Bill Moving in Commerce - A bill that would tip the scales in contract negotiations between farm and yard equipment suppliers and their local dealers has passed the Senate and is now pending...more

Health Care Update - February 2016

Are Lawmakers and Stakeholders Ready for the Silver Tsunami? - Last week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a projection that shows Medicare enrollment will grow by more than 30 percent in the next decade...more

What Employers Need To Know About Supreme Court Issues After The Passing Of Justice Scalia

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Make no mistake, the role of Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court profoundly impacts the balance of power among the branches of our government. Now, with the untimely passing of Justice Antonin Scalia on February 13, the void...more

Health Care Update - August 2015 #2

Major Medicaid Drug Payment Rule Under OMB Review: Last week a highly anticipated rule that could set the standards for the Medicaid Drug Rebate program arrived at the White House for final review. The Medicaid Outpatient...more

Investment in eHealth: 2014, and what the future holds

Digital health, a category that was virtually nonexistent five years ago, has exploded in recent years and shows the potential to remake the way healthcare is delivered worldwide. Rock Health, the digital health incubator,...more

Hold the Phone! Washington Adopts Telemedicine Parity Law

On April 17, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed Substitute Senate Bill 5175 (the “Parity Law”), which expands coverage for telemedicine services paid by health plans in the state of Washington. With the new law, Washington...more

Blog: West Virginia Repeals State’s Pharmaceutical Advertising Disclosure Law

by Cooley LLP on

The Governor of West Virginia signed last week Senate Bill 267 to repeal the Code provisions that created the Governor’s Office of Health Enhancement and Lifestyle Planning (GOHELP)....more

News from Second and State

Gov. Wolf continued to make headlines this week, this time with his activities in and around the judiciary. On Wednesday, the governor and newly-appointed–then-promptly-removed Open Records Director Eric Arneson had their day...more

114th Congress Review

With the 114th Congress now officially underway with the Republican Party in control of the House of Representatives and the Senate, ML Strategies will continue our tradition of offering an annual Legislative and Regulatory...more

Will the Mid-Term Elections Help Telemedicine Reimbursement?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Our recent survey of senior-level health care executives reinforced that lack of reimbursement remains the primary barrier to providers in adopting telemedicine services. Of our respondents, 41 percent indicated that their...more

Health Reform + Related Health Policy News - September 2014, Issue 1

by Polsinelli on

In This Issue: - Top News ..The Congressional Agenda is Light as the Focus Shifts to the Midyear Elections ..Physician Supervision Requirement for Small and Rural Hospitals ..CMS Offers Hospitals...more

2014 Washington Outlook

In this issue: - Overview - Tax Reform Outlook - Immigration Outlook - Health Care Outlook - Telecommunications Outlook - Energy Outlook - Financial Services Outlook -...more

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