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Illinois data breach law amended and includes new twists

Governor Bruce Rauner signed several new provisions into law amending Illinois’ Personal Information Privacy Act, including health insurance and medical information into the definition of personal information that triggers...more

Senate Passes Legislation to Delay Pending Medicare DMEPOS Fee Schedule Cuts Based on Competitive Bidding Prices

As previously reported, the Affordable Care Act mandates that CMS use pricing information from the durable medical equipment (DME), prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) competitive bidding program (CBP) to adjust...more

The CREATE Act of 2016: Senate Listens to Generics Industry

Last week, co-sponsors Senators Leahy (D-VT), Grassley (R-IA), Klobucher (D-MN), and Lee (R-UT) introduced a bill (S. 3056), entitled the "Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples Act of 2016" or the "CREATES...more

Tribal Employment and Jobs Protection Act Seeks to Exempt Native American Tribes from ACA

The Tribal Employment and Jobs Protection Act (H.R. 3080) could have a big impact on tribes if it becomes law. The legislation, which was passed by the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee June 15, seeks to exempt Native...more

MedPAC Issues Recommendations on Medicare Drug, Post-Acute Care, and Other Payment Policies

MedPAC has released its June 2016 Report to the Congress on Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System. The report includes recommendations for a number of Medicare policy reforms and analyses of various health care market...more

NC Legislative Update - June 2016 #3

This Week - Both chambers accelerated pace in an eventful week as several Committees met more than once throughout the week with some even meeting after the day’s floor session. Senior House Appropriations Chairman Rep....more

New Patient Transparency Requirements for Hospitals and ASCs

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

Energy & Commerce Committee Approves Mental Health System Reform Bill

The House Energy & Commerce Committee has unanimously approved an amended version of H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, which is intended to reform the nation’s mental health care system. Among other...more

Medical Marijuana’s Florida Debut: A Process Fraught with Constraints

Florida’s limited medical marijuana program is finally almost ready to go live. For those who have been sitting on the sidelines waiting for the right moment to learn about the program, now is that moment. Recently, the...more

Recent Congressional Health Policy Hearings and Markups

A number of Congressional committees have recently considered legislation and/or held hearings on various health policy proposals. ..The Ways and Means Committee approved seven bills related to health care coverage and...more

House Approves “Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act of 2016”

The House of Representatives has approved H.R. 5273, the “Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act of 2016,” as amended by the Ways and Means Committee in May. As previously reported, while the bill focuses on Medicare...more

Governor Kasich Signs Bill to Legalize Marijuana for Medicinal Use in Ohio

On June 8, 2016, Governor John R. Kasich signed into law HB 523, which legalizes marijuana in Ohio for specified medicinal purposes. The bill moved swiftly through the Legislature as lawmakers acted to preempt a marijuana...more

Connecticut Health Law Legislative Update

Current law permits a hospital, health system, or medical school to organize and become a member of a medical foundation, which can practice medicine through its employees or agents who are physicians, chiropractors,...more

The Washington Report

In Washington, the Government Relations and Public Policy Group focuses on serving our clients by helping to design and implement government relations and public policy strategies. As part of that effort, we have launched a...more

Ohio Becomes The 26th State To Legalize Medical Marijuana

On Wednesday, June 8th, Governor John Kasich signed Ohio House Bill 523 to authorize the medical use of marijuana in Ohio, which will take effect in 90 days. While initially remaining quiet regarding his position on the...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

IREG Update - Global pandemic emergencies: the insurance industry tackles a seemingly unmanageable risk

Global pandemic emergencies: the insurance industry tackles a seemingly unmanageable risk - On May 21, 2016, the World Bank Group announced the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF), a new global financing...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap: - While there was a lot of activity in Harrisburg this week, the most toast-worthy event was the final passage of H.B. 1690 (Turzai, R-Allegheny), which would reform and modernize the sale of wine and...more

The Aftermath: Developments From The 2016 Session of The Connecticut General Assembly Affecting The Workplace

The 2016 session of the Connecticut General Assembly has just concluded, along with subsequent “special sessions.” Most prominently from an employment law standpoint, the General Assembly passed (and the Governor signed)...more

New Vermont drug pricing law invites a closer look at medical costs

Last week, Vermont became the first state in the nation to pass a new pharmaceutical cost transparency law. The legislation requires, among other things, that the Department of Vermont Health Access and the Green Mountain...more

The Capitol Update - June 2016

Ending with more of a groan than a whimper, the members of the Connecticut General Assembly concluded a difficult 2016 session on June 2. Members left Hartford after confronting for the third time in six years State budget...more

Health Care Congressional Outlook for the June Work Period

The next six weeks are shaping up to be the final work period before the summer recess, with both chambers scheduled to leave DC by July 15th for party conventions followed by the August recess. The National Defense...more

Attention Employers: Action Required Before Having Employees or Contractors Sign Non-Disclosure Agreements

In May, President Obama signed the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 into law, the details of which we reported in a recent Akerman Practice Update. The Act allows companies for the first time to bring trade secret...more

Why Arizona’s New Telemedicine Law Sends an Important Message

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed a bill (S.B. 1363) into law, on May 17, 2016, requiring private health plans to pay for telemedicine services across the whole state rather than only services received in rural areas of the...more

States Step Up Efforts on Drug Pricing Initiatives

A few months ago, we noted that states were jumping into the drug pricing fray largely driven by a lack of federal action and a rising tide of public discontent. State legislation has taken various forms but most of the...more

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