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Health Update - September 2016

The Election’s Impact on Healthcare: Preparing for Potential Scenarios - Editor’s Note: Election 2016 will have a major impact on federal and state healthcare policy. To be prepared for all the possibilities, it’s...more

California puts curbs on surprise medical bills

Surprise! California lawmakers waited until the very end of their legislative session before joining an increasing number of states in protecting patients from unexpected out-of-network medical charges. As many as 70 percent...more

New Proposed Legislation: Doctors Must Report Med Device-Related Deaths & Injuries

Representatives Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) announced plans to propose the Medical Device Guardians Act of 2016. According to a press release from Rep. Fitzpatrick, the Act is “a package of bills aimed...more

Some Legislation of Interest

With the end of the 2016 Maryland legislative session and the completion of bill signings by Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr., PK Law highlights several bills of interest to our readers: HB 185: One of the few pieces of...more

Implications of Brexit for the mining and minerals sectors

The debate surrounding Britain’s proposed exit from the EU (Brexit) has primarily focused upon its potential impact on the British economy, Britain’s international standing and its capacity for self-governance. This article...more

Senate Finance Committee Updates Report on Physician-Owned Distributorships

The report finds that PODs increase overutilization, lack transparency, and increase the risk of patient harm and warns that hospitals must combat the growing threat of PODs. On May 10, the US Senate Committee on Finance...more

Will Congress vaporize proposals to curb tobacco use, protect kids’ health?

Just days after federal health officials warned about teen-agers’ increasing use of e-cigarettes (vaping) and hookahs, members of a House committee have approved a legislative move that shields vaping manufacturers from...more

Four Distinct Federal and State Policies Addressing Prescription Opioid Abuse

The first quarter of 2016 has witnessed a great deal of attention in government to the problem of opioid-related overdose and death in the United States. In just the past few weeks, the Senate passed prescription drug...more

Posting Chargemasters On-Line: Less than Meets the Eye

Michigan is just the latest state to consider legislation requiring hospitals to post their chargemasters on-line. Mich. Sen. Bill 147. These proposals have been popping up since 2013, when Time magazine devoted a full issue...more

Tobacco and the Legal Age of Smoking

Will California’s Move Cause Other States to Raise the Legal Smoking Age? The phrase “Go west, young man,” in American jargon can be traced back to the mid-1800s, when westward expansion began . And for raising the...more

Massachusetts Legislature Reaches Compromise on Opioid Legislation

On March 10, the Senate voted unanimously to pass a bill that offers long-awaited measures aimed at tackling the state’s growing opioid abuse crisis. After House approval the previous day and seven weeks of conference...more

Will 2016 Be the Year for McCarran Repeal?

As the second session of the 114th Congress begins to pick up steam, five bills are currently pending in the House that, if enacted, would repeal the McCarran-Ferguson Act’s antitrust exemption for at least some insurers....more

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

Committee Decides Physician Acquisition Disclosure Bill Is Unnecessary - The Senate Health and Welfare Committee has decided not to pursue consideration of S.245, a proposal to require disclosure of new affiliations...more

FTC and DOJ Take Aim at State Certificate of Need Laws

Earlier this year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) released their formal recommendation that South Carolina repeal its certificate of need (CON) law regulating...more

Opioid Use on Front Burner at FDA Now That Congress Has Intervened

The nominee for the top job at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is being held hostage by Congress until the agency agrees to revamp its approval process for opioid painkillers....more

Health Care Update - February 2016 #2

Martin Shkreli Not the Big Story on the Hill Last Week - Congress’s complex relationship with prescription drugs was on display last week in the House of Representatives. In the House Committee on Oversight and...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

Amidst the Raucous Debate in D.C., States Quietly Take Action on Rising Prescription Drug Prices

Rising drug prices and attempts to contain drug costs continue to take center stage at the federal level – particularly in the ramp-up to the 2016 presidential election. In January 2015, a bill was introduced that would...more

Ohio Medical Marijuana Task Force Committee Holds First Meeting

The Ohio House of Representatives’ Medical Marijuana Task Force (“Task Force”) convened its first meeting on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at the state capitol, and members of Benesch were in attendance. The Task Force was...more

Behind the Curtain: Shkreli was NOT the Big Story on the Hill Today

Congress’s complex relationship with prescription drugs was on display today in the House of Representatives. In the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (OGR), Martin Shkreli pleaded the 5th at a hearing...more

Cybersecurity Act Of 2015 Aims To Bolster Cybersecurity In Health Care Industry

Section 405 of Title IV of the Cybersecurity Act is tailored specifically to cybersecurity matters affecting public and private health care entities. Section 405 of Title IV seeks to improve the cybersecurity landscape in...more

Safety of Both Devices and Drugs Need to Be Better Tracked, FDA Hears from Oversight Bodies

FDA lacks the appropriate data to effectively conduct postmarket surveillance and safety tracking activities, according to two reports released earlier this month. First, Senator Patty Murray’s Health, Education, Labor, and...more

Federal Spotlight Continues to Shine on Physician-Owned Distributorships

A recent Senate Finance Committee hearing investigated the effects of physician-owned distributorships (“PODs”) on costs of care and patient safety, suggesting that the momentum for greater oversight of such business...more

Omnibus funding bill creates healthcare cybersecurity task force

The $1.1 trillion spending and tax extender bill that is on President Obama’s desk awaiting signature creates a healthcare industry cybersecurity task force, which must be established within 90 days of enactment. This is...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Congress tries to put together a tax extender package, which may provide an opportunity for some Affordable Care Act changes... HHS releases final rule on bundled payment for Joint Replacement Comprehensive Care...more

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