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High expectations for medicinal cannabis in Australia

by Dentons on

Recognition of the potential therapeutic benefits of medicinal cannabis for a range of debilitating health conditions has been growing for several years. Recent legislative amendments open the door for the cultivation and...more

Maine Prohibits Certain Gifts from Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Wholesalers to Practitioners

by King & Spalding on

Last month, the Maine Legislature passed an amendment to the Maine Pharmacy Act to prohibit licensed manufacturers and wholesalers of pharmaceuticals from offering certain gifts to practitioners authorized to prescribe and...more

Federal Court Stays Section 1557 Litigation Pending HHS’s Decision to Revisit Regulation

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On July 10, 2017, the Northern District of Texas stayed its much-watched Section 1557 case (known as the Franciscan Alliance case) pending HHS’s decision to revisit or revise its regulation under Section 1557. At issue in...more

Tort Reform by Any Other Name

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but tort reform still smells bad to traditional opponents despite an attractive title. That’s why most observers believe that the House-passed “Protecting Access to Care Act,”...more

When (and How) the Roll Is Called Up Yonder (Part I)

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

Senate floor activity has made this the ACA’s biggest news week not involving Justice Roberts, but whatever news you have read, rest assured that it wasn’t really that simple. Let us preach on it. Shortly after noon EDT...more

The Gig Economy Expands to the Healthcare Industry

by Fisher Phillips on

The United States is expected to see a shortage of 40,000 to 104,000 physicians by 2030. Due to this anticipated need for primary care physicians, freelance work among the healthcare industry is becoming increasingly popular....more

Pennsylvania Announces Practitioner Registry For Medical Marijuana Program

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a July 26, 2017 Press Release, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced the opening of its Practitioner Registry. This marks the next critical step in implementing Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program, which the...more

With All Eyes on Senate ACA-Repeal Debate, House Passes Bill to Tweak Stark Law and Other Medicare Part B Policies

by Reed Smith on

While the Capitol Hill spotlight is focused on the Senate debate on legislation to repeal or revise the Affordable Care Act, the House of Representatives quietly approved by voice vote HR 3178, the Medicare Part B Improvement...more

FDA Issues Immediately Effective Guidance Allowing Waiver of Informed Consent for Minimal Risk Research

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a guidance document announcing its intention not to object to an IRB’s waiving or altering the informed consent requirements for an FDA-regulated clinical...more

Healthcare Data: Are You Required to Report a Ransomware Attack?

by Bennett Jones LLP on

If you are a healthcare data custodian that is subject to a ransomware attack, you may be required to report the incident to regulators and to those individuals whose information was subject to the attack....more

ALERT: HHA's Should Make Use of Delay in New Medicare Rules

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Now that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have published a Final Rule delaying the effective date of the revised Medicare Conditions of Participation (CoP) for home health agencies (HHAs) until January 13,...more

The FTC Continues to Challenge Healthcare Mergers

Confirming that hospital merger enforcement continues to be a priority under the new administration, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the North Dakota Attorney General recently challenged Sanford Health’s proposed...more

FY18 Massachusetts Budget Update: Governor Baker Signs FY18 Budget

On Monday, July 17th, Governor Charlie Baker signed a budget for FY2018 that includes $39.4 billion in spending. This comes ten days after the Legislature approved a state budget with a $40.2 billion bottom line. The Senate...more

OIG Initiates Monthly Updates to its Work Plan and Adds New Items

by King & Spalding on

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently announced that, effective June 15, 2017, the agency will update its Work Plan website monthly instead of only once or twice per year. In developing its Work Plan, OIG...more

Manatt on Health: July 2017 #2

The Senate is poised to vote today, July 25, 2017, on a motion to proceed (MTP) to debate on repealing and possibly replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The MTP allows the Senate to consider the House repeal and replace...more

Chicago U.S. Attorney Creates New Unit to Prosecute Health Fraud

by Clark Hill PLC on

On Thursday, July 20, 2017, acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, Joel R. Levin, announced his office is increasing its attention on healthcare through a new Health Care Fraud Unit focused on prosecuting...more

Ambulance Service Declared a Learned Profession in NJ

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Who knew? In New Jersey ambulance service is considered a “learned profession,” up there with medicine and law. And that classification provides more than prestige. It means exemption from the state’s Consumer Fraud Act...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that FDA Violations Can Lead to FCA Liability

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On July 7, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion in United States ex rel. Campie v. Gilead Sciences, Inc., holding that violations of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations could create liability...more

CMS Proposes Medicare OPPS, ASC Update for CY 2018

by Reed Smith on

CMS has published its proposed rule to update Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) payment system rates and policies for calendar year (CY) 2018. In addition to...more

ERISA Procedural Rights Violations Can Still State Federal Claims

Last year, the United States Supreme Court decided Spokeo v. Robins, holding that a procedural violation of a statute is insufficient to create a “concrete” injury and confer standing if the plaintiff suffered no real harm....more

Making Informed Decisions About Informed Consent

by Snell & Wilmer on

Patients have come to expect that they will be actively involved in making decisions about their health care. Informed consent aids patient involvement and provides a process whereby a health care provider discusses a...more

Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity Deal Tracker: KKR Portfolio Company to Acquire WebMD for $2.8 Billion

by McGuireWoods LLP on

KKR has announced its portfolio company, Internet Brands, will acquire WebMD Health Corp. The transaction is valued at approximately $2.8 billion. Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) & Co., based in New York, considers...more

Witnesses at Congressional Hearing on 340B Urge Congress To Give HRSA Broader Regulatory Authority

On July 18, 2017, just days after CMS went public with its proposal to reduce Medicare Part B reimbursement to certain 340B covered entities, Congress held its first hearing on 340B Program Oversight since March 2015. A...more

Janssen Biologic Tremfya Secures FDA Approval Following Use of Priority Review Voucher

by Knobbe Martens on

On July 13, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Tremfya (guselkumab), a biologic manufactured by Janssen Biotech, for the treatment of moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis patients who are candidates for...more

Telehealth & EHR Meaningful Use Payments—Expect Greater Scrutiny in Upcoming Medicare Audits

by Jones Day on

In July 2017, the United States Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General ("OIG") revealed two new Work Plan items related to digital health: first, a review of Medicare incentive payments for...more

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