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CMS Issues FY 2016 IPPS and LTCH Final Rule

On July 31, 2015, CMS issued its final rule to update the fiscal year (FY) 2016 Medicare payment policies and rates under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment…more
| Health

WTO Agreement Reached on Tariff-Cutting Deal for Information Technology Products

On July 24, members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced that they had reached a tentative deal to expand duty-free treatment under the Information Technology Agreement (“ITA”). The ITA, originally reached in 1996, is…more
| International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

International Food Law Gazette - July 2015

King & Spalding is pleased to provide this first edition of the International Food Law Gazette, a publication of our Food & Beverage Group. For decades, King & Spalding has closely advised leading food, beverage and dietary…more
| Agriculture, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade, Products Liability

Also In The News - Health Headlines - July 2015 #4

The Joint Commission Revises Nursing Care Center Requirements, Laboratory Requirements, and Outpatient Record Review Requirements for CAHs – On July 9, 2015, the Joint Commission announced revised requirements, effective January…more
| Health

House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee Hosts Hearing on Hospital Payment Issues

On July 22, 2015, the U.S. House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee heard testimony from Mark Miller, Ph.D., executive director of Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). Dr. Miller’s testimony highlighted recent trends in…more
| Health

CMS Announces Hospices Invited to Participate in the Medicare Care Choices Model

On July 20, 2015, CMS announced the hospices invited to participate in the Medicare Care Choices Model. Under current Medicare rules, a Medicare beneficiary must forgo curative treatments to receive palliative care provided by…more
| Health

U.S. Senate Proposes Bill Requiring Warrants Prior To Use Of Drones By Federal Law Enforcement

Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Dean Heller (R-Nevada) have introduced a bill that would require a warrant prior to the use by any federal entity—including federal law enforcement—of a “mobile aerial-view device.” Such…more
| Constitutional Law, Privacy, Transportation

California Bill Requiring Mobile, Cloud Search Warrants Advances

On July 14, 2015, the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“Cal-ECPA”) unanimously passed the California State Assembly’s public safety committee. The bill would forbid warrantless cellular “stingrays” as well as…more
| Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

GAO Releases Report on Improving Eligibility Verification of Providers and Suppliers

On July 21, 2015, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “Additional Actions Needed to Improve Eligibility Verification of Providers and Suppliers” examining the implementation of four of CMS’s…more
| Government Contracting, Health

Also In The News - Health Headlines - July 2015 #3

New Five-Star Rating System Released for Home Health Agencies – On July 16, 2015, CMS released a new five-star rating system for home health agencies, applying the new quality measure to over 9,000 agencies based on whether…more
| Health

Senate Finance Committee Approves Energy Tax Provisions—LNG Is A Winner

On July 21, the Senate Finance Committee approved by a vote of 23 to 3 a bipartisan tax bill to renew for two years more than 50 expiring and expired tax provisions known as “tax extenders.” The provisions that are being…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Taxation

Also In The News - Health Headlines - July 2015 #2

CMS and AMA Announce Efforts to Help Providers Get Ready for ICD-10 – On July 6, 2015, CMS and AMA announced efforts to continue to assist providers to get ready for the upcoming October 1 switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding for…more
| Health

GAO Report Concludes Prescribing Incentives Exist at 340B Hospitals

According to a report released July 6, 2015 by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), hospitals that qualify to participate in the 340B Drug Pricing Program by virtue of their serving a disproportionate share of low-income…more
| Health

Russian Government Considering Delaying Data Localization Law

A controversial data localization law in Russia that would require businesses to perform data storage and processing with servers located on Russian soil is set to go into effect on September 1, 2015, after an amendment passed…more
| Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Employers to Focus on Conducting TB Risk Assessments Following New OSHA Directive

On July 13, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an enforcement directive, Enforcement Procedures and Scheduling for Occupational Exposure to Tuberculosis (CPL 02-02-078) (2015 Directive), which…more
| Health, Labor & Employment Law
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