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Health Care E-Note - Februaury 2017

Ransomware: A Reportable Breach? In the past several years, a huge increase has occurred in the number of electronic attacks in the United States using ransomware, a form of malware that targets and encrypts critical...more

HHS Makes Its First Move to Stabilize the Individual Health Insurance Market

Wednesday, the Trump Administration released its first proposed regulation seeking to stabilize the individual insurance market – in particular, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance exchange market (or marketplace). Amidst...more

TrumpCare: The Pharmaceutical Industry and FDA

Hope in the Midst of Uncertainty - The New Year ushered a period of uncertainty for the pharmaceutical industry. We face the beginning of the Trump Administration and a Congress with both houses controlled by Republicans...more

Trump Administration Proposes Insurer-Friendly Rule Modifying Exchanges under the ACA

Less than three weeks after our last article involving healthcare under the Trump Administration, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) has released its first proposed...more

Medicaid Outlook: Policy and Regulatory Change in 2017

Perspectives on Health Care and Life Sciences - Medicaid has been a vital part of the American health care safety net for more than 50 years. Today, Medicaid, along with the State Children’s Health Insurance Program...more

What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

The first four weeks of the Trump administration have brought a flurry of policy and regulatory activity through Executive Orders (EO), proposed new legislation and review of existing regulation. After eight years of the...more

The Challenges of the Trump Administration’s Vow to “Repeal and Replace” the Affordable Care Act

In the presentation “ACA Repeal/Replace Under the Trump Administration,” Susan Nash discusses the implications of President Trump and the GOP’s immediate vow to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which was...more

Trump Administration Issues Proposed Health Insurance Market Stabilization Rule: Will It Be Enough to Stabilize Exchange...

On 15 February 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took a step toward addressing concerns about the stability of the individual and small group health insurance markets by proposing a modicum of...more

What to Expect from OSHA Under President Trump

Republican administrations tend to put more emphasis on helping employers comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements than on punitive enforcement actions. President Trump is familiar with OSHA...more

Local Cannabis Regulation: Two Ballot Measures Up for Vote on March 7, 2017

This article examines the two competing ballot measures regarding cannabis regulation in the City of Los Angeles up for vote on March 7, 2017. Following is a brief summary of the current regulatory framework for cannabis in...more

Top Ten Expected Labor and Employment Law Changes by the New Trump Administration

With the inauguration behind us, what changes do we expect the Trump Administration to make to labor and employment laws? The following is a top ten list of those expected changes, as recently discussed during a webinar that...more

Despite Uncertain Future of ACA, OIG Issues Final Rule Revising Permissive Exclusion Authority

On January 12, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a final rule expanding its permissive exclusion authority while also codifying certain statutory changes made...more

Healthcare Companies Call On Trump To Promote Value-Added Healthcare

Over 100 health care companies – including providers, insurers, biopharmaceutical companies, professional associations and consumer groups – joined to write the Trump administration to urge him to “continue focusing on...more

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

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

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

Three weeks into President Trump’s administration, the Senate on Friday narrowly approved Tom Price as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), elevating the former orthopedic surgeon as Trump’s...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - February 2017

THE #1 FIDUCIARY DUTY ISSUE OF 2017 - Positioning boards to exercise heightened engagement within the current “climate of uncertainty” is possibly the most important health system governance challenge of 2017. To...more

Achieving Health Care Efficiencies through Consolidation and Alternative Models: Irreconcilable Differences?

While debate rages on Capitol Hill over “repeal and replace,” only limited attention has been directed toward reforming the current “fee for service” model. Indeed, both the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) and proposals for its...more

President Trump’s First Official Action regarding the Affordable Care Act

President Trump issued the “Executive Order Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal” on January 20, 2017, one of his very first actions upon taking the oath of office...more

Blog: Price Confirmed For HHS Secretary, Other Key Agency And Department Positions Next To Be Filled

Around 2 a.m., the Senate voted along party lines to confirm Representative Tom Price to become Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. The vote was 52-47 with no Democrats voting in favor. With repeated...more

Floundering GOP gets its ACA repeal-replace architect and tries ‘repairs’

Republicans jammed through their health policy guru in the middle of the night, and they and their new HHS Secretary are still trying to figure out what to do with the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Insurance markets are...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - February 2017

The Agency of Transportation has submitted a proposal to the House Transportation Committee that would allow the agency to seek damages from a utility that fails to move or adjust a utility line that is in a state or local...more

340B Update: Trump Administration Withdraws Omnibus Guidance, Delays Final Rule on 340B Drug Pricing and CMPs

The new administration has had an immediate impact on the federal 340B Drug Discount Program (“340B Program”) with two significant developments in the first days since President Trump took office: (1) the withdrawal of the...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap - This week’s headliner was, of course, Gov. Wolf’s third budget address. Wolf proposed a budget with a modest increase in spending for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, and focused on education, helping seniors,...more

340B Program Omnibus Guidance Withdrawn

The Federal Office for Management and Budget has withdrawn the proposed omnibus guidance for the 340B Drug Pricing Program (previously referred to as the “Mega-Regs”), creating further uncertainty in the 340B Program. The...more

Transition Update, ACA Repeal and Replace, and Look Ahead

On January 24, 2017, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on the nomination of Dr. Tom Price (R-GA) to be Secretary of HHS. The Committee has scheduled a vote for today, January 30, on his nomination. ...more

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