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Testing of Jenex TherOZap™ Device Set to Begin

Luminar Media Group recently announced that, after completing development of a working prototype device, the Jenex Corporation has signed an agreement with the Techna Institute at the University Health Network to begin...more

A Spring Cheat Sheet to Congressional Health Care Policy

Welcome back, friends. While the next stretch likely won’t have the drama of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), there will be plenty happening. There are deadlines that require decisive action on behalf of stakeholders and...more

Calif. cities lift medical marijuana delivery ban: Is L.A. Next?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Under the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, enacted Jan. 1, 2016, California authorized the delivery of medical marijuana by licensed dispensaries to qualified patients but allowed municipalities to ban such...more

Health Update - April 2017

CMS Issues Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol for Stark Law Violations - On March 28, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a new voluntary self-referral disclosure protocol (SRDP) for disclosing...more

Texas Seeks to Round ‘Em Up – Zika Fears Spread

by Zelle LLP on

Texas Department of State Health Services (“DSHS”) Commissioner Dr. John Hellerstedt was quoted in an April 7, 2017 news release saying “Zika remains a significant health risk to pregnant women and their babies, and it’s only...more

How Will the Trump Administration Impact Healthcare Litigation?

Editor's Note: In a dramatic conclusion to the heated debate surrounding the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the bill was withdrawn after it became clear that House leadership did not have enough votes to pass it. There is...more

The DOJ's Case Against North Carolina Anti-Steering Agreements Permitted to Proceed

The Department of Justice's (DOJ) case against Carolinas Healthcare System's (CHS) anti-steering contract clauses has survived initial attempts by CHS to dismiss the case. Despite the reversal of the DOJ's win in the American...more

Sandoz’s Biosimilars Rituximab and Etanercept are Recommended for Approval in Europe

by Goodwin on

On Friday, April 21, 2017, Sandoz announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has recommended the approval of Sandoz’s biosimilars rituximab and etanercept in Europe. If approved, rituximab may be...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - April 2017

by Burr & Forman on

Attention employers! What’s your LGBTQ IQ? Nashville Partner Stephen Price invites you to reassess your workplace policies in this article for the Association of Corporate Counsel. Please see full E-Note below for...more

Economists’ Rx for MDs’ legal wellbeing? Practice better medicine

In the battles between lawyers and doctors over malpractice lawsuits filed by patients harmed while seeking medical services, it may be worth heeding economists’ prescription for caregivers: Physicians, heal thy selves....more

.Health: What You Need to Know About the Internet’s Newest Domain Name

by Carlton Fields on

On May 8, the new .health Internet top-level domain opens up to members of the health care industry and will be awarded on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Below is what your organization needs to know about “.health.”...more

Health Care E-Note - April 2017

by Burr & Forman on

An often overlooked and under publicized provision of the False Claims Act (“FCA”) is the retaliatory discharge prohibition. This is probably because retaliatory discharge claims do not grab headlines by winning multimillion...more

We Cured the Breach of Contract! Oh No, You Didn’t

by BakerHostetler on

A recent decision from a North Carolina federal court raises interesting lessons for providers surrounding contractual cure and damages provisions. Cone Health entered into a contract with Conifer Physician Services for the...more

Failure to Implement Business Associate Agreement Results in $31,000 Settlement For Health Care Provider

by Saul Ewing LLP on

On April 20, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that Children’s Digestive Health (CDH) agreed to pay HHS $31,000 for its failure to have a business associate...more

Market Stabilization Rule: Assessing the Trump Administration's First ACA Market-Related Regulation

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On April 13, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized its Marketplace Stabilization Rule. This is the first Trump administration regulation that applies to the health insurance markets remade by...more

The Center for Children’s Digestive Health Settles with OCR for $31,000

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has announced that it entered into a settlement with The Center for Children’s Digestive Health (CCDH) for $31,000.  CCDH is a small for-profit health care provider with seven locations in...more

CMS Signals Potentially Big Changes Ahead for Medicare SNF Payment Policy

by Reed Smith on

Using unusually blunt language, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recently noted that it “is increasingly frustrated with the lack of statutory or regulatory action” to lower Medicare skilled nursing facility...more

Pennsylvania Department of Health Issues New Physician Regulations for Medical Marijuana

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As first posted on our sister blog, “In The Weeds” (Fox Rothschild’s Cannabis Law Blog), the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued its long-awaited proposed temporary regulations regarding physicians on April 11, 2017. ...more

CMS request for information presents rare opportunity for medicare stakeholder engagement

by Hogan Lovells on

On 14 April 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective...more

An Opportunity to Shape Compliance with GDPR

by Hogan Lovells on

A close observer of the GDPR will have noticed that, in several places, individual EU Member States can implement derogations from the GDPR requirements. Of course, as a regulation under EU law there is less scope for local...more

HIPAA and the Cloud’s Shared Responsibility Models

by Snell & Wilmer on

Cloud-based service providers (CSPs), like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, offer online access to shared computing resources. As such, they have developed a “shared responsibility model” for how CSPs and companies...more

St. Jude Medical On Hot Seat for Cybersecurity Flaws in Home Monitoring System

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning letter to St. Jude Medical, alleging that it failed to properly investigate issues with the batteries in its defibrillator implants and for failing to fix the...more

Darwinian Insurance

by BakerHostetler on

This case demonstrates the need for providers to know and follow the notification provisions set forth in their insurance policies in order to avoid an inadvertent loss of coverage. Once again, the terms of a hospital’s...more

Do State Med Mal Caps Apply to EMTALA Cases?

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

State limitations on medical malpractice recoveries seem to be under almost daily attack. The latest serious threat comes from Louisiana, where a federal district court has authorized an interlocutory appeal of his ruling...more

New York Institutes New Medicaid Drug Price Control Measures

by King & Spalding on

State Budget Includes Medicaid Drug Expenditure Cap - On April 20, 2017, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law certain cost-control measures that attempt to cap the state’s Medicaid drug spending, making New York...more

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