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Trump's Proposed 2018 Budget Will Double FDA User Fees

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

During his speech last month to a joint session of Congress, President Trump called out the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its “slow and burdensome approval process.” Those comments came on the heels of Trump’s...more

House Votes to Repeal Antitrust Exemption for Health Insurers Under the Mccarran-Ferguson Act

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On March 22, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017, which would repeal the current limited federal antitrust immunity for health insurers. The bill would amend the...more

Privacy and Information Security a Top Priority in California under Xavier Becerra

by Fisher Phillips on

Governor Jerry Brown’s selection of Congressman Xavier Becerra to succeed (now Senator) Kamala Harris as the new Attorney General of California was a surprising move that brings into power in California a seasoned advocate of...more

House Republicans and Trump Administration File Joint Motion to Delay Suit Challenging Obamacare Subsidies

by Ruder Ware on

An interesting development transpired Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in a case pending in Federal District Court in the District of Columbia that challenges subsidy payments from the Federal Treasury to support Obamacare. The...more

FDA Devices Center Issues Multiple Guidances in the Obama Administration’s Final Months

by Morgan Lewis on

A flurry of regulatory activity preceded the transition in administration on January 20. Anticipating that the new administration would impose a regulatory slowdown, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s or the...more

Monthly TCPA Digest - January 2017

by Mintz Levin on

We are pleased to present the latest edition of our Monthly TCPA Digest, providing insights and news related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). This month’s issue features updates on the latest regulatory...more

[Webinar] What to Expect in Trump's First 100 Days - January 18th, 11:00am ET

by BakerHostetler on

After years of gridlock, Congress is poised to unleash a flurry of legislative activity early in 2017. The agenda is jam-packed as the Republican-led Congress targets major changes to the Affordable Care Act, Dodd-Frank,...more

California’s Surprise Medical Bill Statute: Part 2: Comparison to New York’s Emergency Medical Services and Surprise Bills Law

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Executive Summary - On September 23, 2016, the California Legislature passed, and Governor Jerry Brown signed, Assembly Bill 72 (“the Law”), creating a new regime for the regulation of “surprise bills.”...more

Health Update - November 2016

Post-Election Analysis: Healthcare Antitrust in a Trump Administration - In a Republican sweep of all the elected branches of the federal government, Donald Trump won the presidential election and Republicans retained...more

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

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

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

by DLA Piper on

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

by Morgan Lewis on

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

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

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

by Mintz Levin on

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?

by Baker Donelson on

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

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