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Finance Committee Report Places Medical Device Arrangements under Increasing Scrutiny

Hospitals and providers participating in physician-owned distributorships, or “PODs” may be at increased risk for government investigation or enforcement. A Senate Finance Committee (SFC) Report issued this month highlights...more

Senate Finance Report Puts another Nail in the POD Coffin

On May 10, 2016, the Senate Finance Committee Majority Staff released a long-awaited report entitled “Physician Owned Distributorships: An Update on Key Issues and Areas of Congressional Concern” (Report). The Report follows...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

Lawmakers returned to Raleigh for the Regular Session April 25, 2016. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed weekly during session to keep you up to date on the latest legislative...more

Bipartisan House Bill Would Elevate Chief Information Security Officer At HHS

On April 26, 2016, House Representatives Billy Long (R-MO) and Doris Matsui (D-CA) introduced the HHS Data Protection Act, legislation aimed at improving cybersecurity at the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”). ...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. 127th Legislature Adjourned Sine Die on April 29, 2016 The second regular session of the 127th...more

Telemedicine nursing licensure compact legislation enacted in 6 states and 7 more right behind

In another case of technology out pacing the law, telemedicine has continued to push the limits of state medical professional licensure laws. Generally, physicians and nurses must be licensed in the state in which they...more

House Energy & Commerce Committee Approves Legislation to Address Opioid and Drug Abuse Epidemic

The House Energy & Commerce Committee has approved several more bipartisan public health bills, including a series of bills intended to combat opioid abuse and drug addiction. Specifically, the Committee approved...more

Recent Congressional Health Policy Hearings

A number of recent Congressional hearings have focused on health policy topics, including the following: - ..A House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing on “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of...more

Washington, D.C. Update – April 2016

FY17 Appropriations - The House and Senate Appropriations Committees continue to move forward on individual FY17 spending measures based on discretionary spending levels enshrined in last fall's bipartisan budget deal....more

President Obama Signs Zika Priority Review, Controlled Substances Laws

President Obama has signed into law S. 2512, which adds Zika virus to the Food and Drug Administration priority review voucher program to encourage the development of treatments for neglected tropical diseases. In addition,...more

As drug prices skyrocket, senators rip an ex-Big Pharma CEO

Prescription drug prices continue to soar, prompting hearings on Capitol Hill, and leading a columnist to suggest nifty ways how Big Pharma could better educate consumers about medications, especially since many seniors may...more

Health Law Insights Newsletter - Issue 8 - April 2016

McCarter & English, LLP’s Health Care Group presents Issue 8 of the Health Law Insights, which discusses the latest legal issues in the health care industry. NATIONAL - New Payment Model for Part B Drugs Proposed -...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On April 15, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a proposed rule entitled, “Applications for Approval and Combinations of Active Ingredients Under Consideration for...more

Florida’s Adoption of Federal Exemptions for Wholesale Drug Distribution May Benefit Pharmacies, Practitioners and Hospitals

The 2016 Florida Legislature enacted substantial legislation (Ch. 2016-212, Laws of Florida) to bring Florida’s Drug and Cosmetic Act (Ch. 499, Florida Statutes) in line with the federal Drug Supply Chain and Security Act...more

Senate HELP Committee Completes Work on Bipartisan “Cures”/Medical Innovation Legislation

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee has approved the last of its biomedical innovation bills that form its counterpart to the House 21st Century Cures Act. Together with the bills cleared by the...more

State Efforts to Combat Drug Price Increases

Growth in health care costs has long been a source of political and administrative tension for public health agencies across the country. More and more, health officials, legislators, patient advocacy groups, and third-party...more

Congressional Health Policy Hearings - April 2016

The Senate Special Committee on Aging recently held a hearing on the status of efforts to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, and the panel plans an April 27, 2016 hearing to examine prescription drug price increases....more

Virginia Telehealth Law: What You Need to Know

Virginia has made strides to expand the telehealth offerings available to its residents and the Old Dominion took another step forward advancing telemedicine when it enacted a bill amending Virginia Code § 38.2-3418.16 to...more

Members of Congress Seek NIH Hearing on Use of March-in Rights

On March 28, 2016, a dozen members of Congress sent a letter to Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, and Dr. Francis Collins, the Director of the National Institutes of Health...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: MedPAC votes on changes in Part D... Senate HELP Committee reports five “Cures” bills... One report shows uninsured number decreasing... Another says, but we still need the safety net. ...more

Senate HELP Committee Convenes Third and Final Cures Markup

On April 6, 2016 the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) will hold its third and final markup for its biomedical innovations package. This package is a compliment to the House-passed 21st Century...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On April 4, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Final Calendar Year (CY) 2017 Medicare Advantage Capitation Rates and Medicare Advantage (MA) and...more

West Virginia's New Telemedicine Practice Standards & Remote Prescribing Laws

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) signed into law, on March 24, 2016, a new bill (House Bill No. 4463) implementing a variety of telemedicine practice standards and remote prescribing rules in the Mountain State....more

Senate Panel Approves Expedited Medical Device Review Bill

(March 11, 2016) The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions committee approved a bill to expand an expedited review program for FDA approval of certain medical devices. The bill, S. 1077 “A bill to provide for...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

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