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Virtual Visits Gaining Ground

Telehealth services are in-demand and, quite literally, on-demand. Patients are increasingly seeking out health services via real-time synchronous audio-video encounters with health care providers (known as “telehealth” or...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative session on January 14. Lawmakers returned to Raleigh on January 28 to begin the session in earnest. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: House E&C Releases Discussion Draft of 21st Century Cures Legislation Ahead of Legislative Hearing... FDA Finalizes Biosimilar Guidance Documents... CMS Updates Wage Index and Payment Rates for the Medicare Hospice...more

NC Legislative Update for May 2015

This Week - “Crossover” - the date by which a bill must pass out of the chamber in which it originated to remain eligible for the 2015-16 session - expired on Thursday. Throughout the week, lawmakers cumulatively...more

Africa Update - April 2015 #4

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub - Saharan Africa - General Africa News -...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 05/2015

With committee deadlines out of the way and the last day of the session approaching, the Minnesota House and Senate went to work this week passing omnibus bills on the floor and appointing conference committee members....more

B. Braun Executive Urges Medical Device Tax Repeal

The Morning Call reports that an executive from B. Braun Medical Inc. has urged federal lawmakers to undo a tax on medical devices. According to the report, Bruce Heugel, the chief financial officer of B. Braun, recently...more

Week In Review - May 2015

Budget Showdown - Governor Mark Dayton has expressed dismay at the direction lawmakers are veering in their budget plans. On spending state money, lawmakers are widening the chasm. The May 18 legislative...more

News from Second & State

You could hear a pin drop in the halls of the state capitol building this week, with neither chamber in for voting session. However, that doesn’t mean members weren’t busy. Education was a hot topic early this week; the Basic...more

Blog: Lawmakers Release New Version Of 21st Century Cures Legislation

Yesterday, a bipartisan group of representatives from the House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee released a new discussion draft of the 21st Century Cures initiative. ...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

MACRA, the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Reform Bill, Signed into Law - CMS Quality Reporting Programs and Value-Based Payments...

The Medicare Access and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act, or MACRA, was signed into law on April 16, 2015. The law replaces the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula with statutorily prescribed...more

“Doc Fix” Bill Mandates Anti-Fraud Enforcement Tools

On April 16, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, better known as the “doc fix” bill, as an attempt to fix the flawed Medicare reimbursement system implemented by the...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative session on January 14. Lawmakers returned to Raleigh on January 28 to begin the session in earnest. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

State Oversight of Anticompetitive Activity in Healthcare: Is a New Wave Ahead?

The Massachusetts Attorney General and others are currently advocating for legislation that would accord greater legal weight to the findings of an independent state agency, the Health Policy Commission, on the effects of...more

Washington State Amends Breach Notification Law to Expand Notification Requirements

On April 23, 2015, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed into law a bill strengthening the state’s data breach notification law (amending Wash. Rev. Code §§ 19.255.010 and 42.56.590 and creating a new section). H.B....more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: $9.6 Billion. The total amount that the federal government could save over 10 years under the PTC Elimination Act (H.R. 1901) – a bill that would phase out and repeal the renewable energy production tax...more

Massachusetts Legislation Proposes Cost Disclosures and Price Caps for Prescription Drugs

The Massachusetts Legislature is currently considering Senate Bill 1048, “An Act to Promote Transparency and Cost Control of Pharmaceutical Drug Prices.” The bill, sponsored by State Senator Mark Montigny, Vice Chair of the...more

New Postings on the Reed Smith Health Industry Washington Watch Blog - April 2015

The Reed Smith Health Industry Washington Watch blog has been updated to report on recent health policy developments, including the following...more

California's Bet on Precision Medicine

California sees opportunities in personalized medicine. Earlier this month, Governor Brown announced the creation of a two year initiative – California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine to “begin building...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Explores Post-Acute Bundling…CMS Releases First-ever Hospital Compare Star Ratings…Fiscal Year 2016 Proposed Inpatient and Long-term Care Hospital Policy and Payment Changes....more

Pending Trade Legislation Would Extend Medicare Sequestration

The House and Senate are considering trade legislation that would be financed in part by $700 million from extended Medicare sequestration authority – much to the consternation of the health care provider community....more

Womble Carlyle Legislative Update - April 24, 2015

Crossover is the deadline established by House and Senate Rules by which a House bill must be received by the Senate, and a Senate bill must be received by the House, in order to remain eligible for action for the rest of the...more

Congressional Health Policy Hearings - April 2015

Congressional committees have held a number of hearings recently on health policy issues, include the following: ..A House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing on “Medicare Post-Acute Care Delivery and Options...more

Week in Review – Taxes, Transportation, and Goat Trails - April 24, 2015 #4

Taxes - The House Republican Omnibus Tax bill (HF848) was released on Monday. The $2 billion tax cut package includes $538 million to pay for a one-time income tax exemption and $450 million to begin phasing-out the...more

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