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Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Looking Ahead . . . While the First Regular Session of the 128th Legislature has adjourned sine...more

Health Alert (Australia) 28 August 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Queensland (QLD) 21 August 2017 - A Practitioner v The Health Ombudsman [2017] QCAT 265 - PROFESSIONS AND TRADES – HEALTH CARE...more

Baker Administration and Legislature Debate Range of Health Care Proposals

Massachusetts policymakers are currently engaged in a robust debate over several proposals aimed at lowering health care costs in the Commonwealth. The House of Representatives rejected a set of MassHealth reforms that the...more

House Subcommittee on Health Opens Floor for Discussion of FDA Regulation of Off-Label Speech

by Hogan Lovells on

The House Subcommittee on Health has announced a hearing entitled “Examining Medical Product Manufacturer Communications” for Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at 10:15am EDT, in which it intends to examine two discussion-draft bills...more

Congressional Committees Advance Bipartisan FDA User Fee Agreements

by Baker Donelson on

On May 11 and June 7, the Senate HELP Committee and House Energy and Commerce Committee, respectively, both advanced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize four different user fee agreements that account for over a quarter of...more

President’s Budget Proposes Significant Cuts to Healthcare Programs

by King & Spalding on

Released on May 23, 2017, President Trump’s proposed fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget would cut spending for healthcare programs. Specifically, the proposed budget would reduce funding for biomedical research, programs to fight...more

WPI Insider Briefing: What Will the Second Hundred Days of the Trump Administration Hold?

by Littler on

From the workplace policy perspective, much of the focus of the first 100 days of the Trump administration was on confirming a new Secretary of Labor and reversing the Obama administration’s labor and employment agenda....more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - May 2017 #4

The President's budget proposes over $600 billion in Medicaid cuts on top of major reductions anticipated in repeal and replace legislation; the Trump Administration asks the Court for more time to decide on cost-sharing...more

User Fee Reauthorization Bill Includes Legislation Proposed to Improve Medical Device Regulation

by Hogan Lovells on

Last week, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP Committee) advanced the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Reauthorization Act of 2017 (S. 934), by a vote of 21–2. Please see full...more

How Will the Appointment of a Special Counsel Affect the Administration's Regulatory Agenda?

by Mark Mansour on

The news of the the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel to be investigate the Russia-Trump connection rocked Washington. The immediate concern was how the White House would surmount the distraction and where all...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - May 2017 #3

Governors pen bipartisan letter to Congress urging five-year extension of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP); new analyses find Medicaid funding cuts under the AHCA would disproportionately affect...more

Senate Confirms New FDA Commissioner

by Snell & Wilmer on

Dr. Scott Gottlieb was confirmed today as the new FDA Commissioner. Dr. Gottlieb has promised to put public health first and not do anything “that shakes the public’s confidence in the agency.” He is a former hospitalist who...more

House Approves the American Health Care Act to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act

by King & Spalding on

Yesterday, by a vote of 217 to 213, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The House action...more

How Washington Can Help Biotechs

by Mark Mansour on

Biotechnology companies are making daily breakthroughs in understanding genetic and biomolecular causes of disease, and are committed to developing the next generation of medicines to transform patient care. It has been...more

The Trump Administration's First 100 Days

by Littler on

On April 29, 2017, the first 100 days of the Trump administration came to an end. A government shutdown was averted after the White House and Congress reached a spending deal, and the U.S. Supreme Court seat left vacant by...more

2017-2018 Legislative Session: Employer Updates

As the 2017-2018 legislative session continues to unfold on Beacon Hill, Massachusetts lawmakers are considering several policy proposals that have significant implications for employers across the Commonwealth. The FY2018...more

FY2018 Massachusetts Budget Update: House Ways and Means Budget

On Monday, April 10th, the House Ways and Means Committee proposed a $40.3 billion budget for FY2018 that calls for increasing spending by 3.8 percent, or about $1.47 billion, above FY2017 levels. The spending increase is...more

Health Update - April 2017

CMS Issues Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol for Stark Law Violations - On March 28, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a new voluntary self-referral disclosure protocol (SRDP) for disclosing...more

How Will the Trump Administration Impact Healthcare Litigation?

Editor's Note: In a dramatic conclusion to the heated debate surrounding the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the bill was withdrawn after it became clear that House leadership did not have enough votes to pass it. There is...more

Politics, Medicine and Progress

by Mark Mansour on

Biotechnology companies are making daily breakthroughs in understanding genetic and biomolecular causes of disease, and are committed to developing the next generation of medicines to transform patient care. It has been...more

WPI Insider Briefing: New President, New Congress, New Direction in Workplace Policy

by Littler on

President Donald J. Trump was sworn into office on January 20, 2017, ushering in a new balance of power in Washington and what is expected to be a dramatically different era of workplace policy. On his first day in office,...more

One in, Two Out: Potential FDA Uncertainty for Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Companies

by Snell & Wilmer on

On January 30, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order requiring all governmental agencies to eliminate two regulations for every one issued. The Order, captioned “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs”...more

Health Care E-Note - January 2017

by Burr & Forman on

On October 4, 2016, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS") released the final rules regarding the requirements of participation for skilled nursing facilities. One of the most significant changes to the...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - November 2016 #4

CMS releases a wave of new regulations and guidance for Medicaid and CHIP; Michigan receives CMS approval for a lead abatement initiative; and Utah continues to push for its limited expansion of Medicaid coverage....more

Promise to Repeal the ACA Poses Threat to MACRA Implementation

Most of the post-election discussion of the ACA has focused on how promises to repeal the law could impact the newly insured. But one priority area of the ACA that has received very little discussion is the federal...more

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