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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. Independent PAC Spending on Legislative Races Nears $500,000 - Political Action Committee and...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap: - One week down, one to go. This was the second to last week scheduled for legislative action in 2016, and both chambers were in Harrisburg for three days of voting session. There was plenty of activity on...more

Agreement on Continuing Resolution Includes $37 Million (Annualized) to Fight Opioid Epidemic

In July, after months of negotiation, Congress overwhelmingly passed compromise legislation authorizing nearly $900 million in spending to help fight the growing opioid abuse crisis. The measure, which passed the Senate 92 to...more

House Republicans Push Back on Medicare’s New Mandatory Bundled Payment Models

On July 25, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a proposed rule that promises to deliver coordinated, high-quality care for Medicare beneficiaries. The proposed rule (effective July 1, 2017)...more

Client Alert: 2016 Update: What Health Care Providers Need to Know Regarding Medical Marijuana in Florida

Medical Marijuana in Florida - Florida has enacted laws permitting Florida licensed physicians to order medical marijuana, in the limited forms of low-THC cannabis and medical cannabis (hereinafter collectively referred...more

Agreement Reached over Funding for Lead Abatement in Flint, MI

On September 15, the Senate overwhelmingly approved the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which included $220 million for lead contamination relief nationwide, of which at least $100 million is expected to be spent in...more

Washington Healthcare Update

1. Congress - Senate - FDA Supports Expanded Authority Over Cosmetics - In an Oct. 5 letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says its current legal authority over...more

The Changing Landscape of the Fight Against Opioid and Heroin Addiction and the Availability of Naloxone

In recent months, the Obama administration and many health and pharmaceutical players at the state and local levels have focused their attention on the national opioid epidemic. Based on recent findings from the National...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap: - All’s been quiet on the capitol front since our last writing; neither chamber was in Harrisburg for voting session over the last two weeks. That’s not to say we’re without a few tidbits of...more

Top Ten Things to Know About Nevada's Question 2

The Basics: Question 2 is an indirect initiated state statute (the “Act”). Question 2 legalizes the possession, purchase, transportation and consumption of one ounce or less of marijuana (and one-eighth of an ounce or less of...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

Congress completed work last week on a stopgap budget that keeps the government open until a post-election lame-duck voting session in December, when lawmakers are expected to move on legislation dealing with medical...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. Maine Community College System Seeks Increase in State Funding - In the upcoming...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Congress remains in recess, but members write letters on Mylan’s EpiPen…CBO says repealing Part B Demo would cost $395 million…CMS releases data on hospice utilization and finds spending and utilization vary in...more

Congress is focused on FTE caps: New proposed legislation would redistribute hospitals’ unused residency training slots

There has been recent activity in Congress surrounding full-time equivalent (FTE) residency training caps (FTE caps) that limit the number of Medicare-funded graduate medical education (GME) training positions for which a...more

A look ahead to the 2017 Legislative Session

With five weeks left before the November 8 election, the state’s federal candidates and candidates for the 187 seats in the Connecticut General Assembly are courting voters during what has turned out to be a contentious...more

A Workers’ Compensation Double Play: Governor Signs SB 1160 and AB 1244 To Squeeze Out More System Costs

SB 1160, introduced by Senator Mendoza and signed into law September 30, 2016, amends several Labor Code sections affecting authorized medical treatment, utilization review, and lien litigation. Its principal achievement is...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Congress funds the government until Dec. 9. 1. Congress - Continuing Resolution Passes: Funds Zika and Opioid Legislation - On Sept. 28, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution to fund the...more

Massachusetts Outlook: The Remainder of 2016 and Beyond

After closing the book on the formal sessions in July, Massachusetts lawmakers have turned their attention to the November election. The Senate and House of Representatives convene in informal sessions for the remainder of...more

Health Alert (Australia) October 3, 2016

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Commonwealth. Fair Work Commission. 23 September 2016 - Francis Logan v Bendigo Health Care Group [2016] FWC 6780 -...more

Overheard at NIC . . .

While the entire National Investors’ Conference is always full of interesting and enlightening speakers, sometimes the most interesting things you hear come out over dinner with your clients and their associates.  We had two...more

California Amends Labor Code to Prohibit Employers from Using Juvenile Records in Employment Decisions

On September 27, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill No. 1843, which amends the California Labor Code to prohibit employers from considering certain juvenile records for employment purposes.  The...more

California Legislative Update: Which Bills Made the Final Cut?

Although the California Legislature sent Governor Jerry Brown bills on bed bugs, powdered alcohol, and making denim the official state fabric, the laws enacted in 2016 affecting the state’s private-sector employers were...more

Municipal Legal News

On September 21, Governor Snyder signed a package of bills (2016 PA 281-283) that significantly expands the types of medical marijuana facilities permitted under state law, and establishes a licensing scheme similar to the...more

Vermont to Launch a First-in-the-Nation All-Payer System for All Healthcare Providers

As recently reported by Modern Healthcare and other major healthcare news outlets, the Obama administration has granted tentative approval for Vermont to establish an all-payer reimbursement system. If granted final approval,...more

With Short-Term Government Funding Bill in Place, Congress Adjourns until after Elections

On September 29, 2016, President Obama signed into law HR 5325, which averts a government shutdown by continuing funding for the federal government through December 9, 2016. The legislation also includes $1.1 billion in...more

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