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Mandatory Flu Vaccine Policies: Dealing With Employees Who Refuse the Shot

Flu season is coming, and healthcare (and other) organizations may be asking whether they should have mandatory flu vaccine policies. If an employer decides to implement a mandatory program, the next question is how to...more

Pinpointing cancer’s cause: a costly, complex, maddening challenge

What exactly causes cancer? That may be, recent news reports indicate: - a question that’s heading into the billion-dollar range for a Big Pharma firm; - a painful conundrum for a Major League Baseball...more

Opioid Epidemic Declared a National Emergency; Proposed Law Calls for Mandatory E-Prescribing of Controlled Substances to Curb...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Today, in a move that is widely supported by those in both political parties and across the country, President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency. Doing so will allow for additional resources to be used...more

Antidotes for America’s Addiction Crisis

Opioid addiction and abuse has exploded into a national epidemic. Every three weeks, America faces a death toll equivalent to the September 11th attacks due to drug overdoses, 75 percent of which are from opioid use. ...more

Big Tobacco, preying on poor and uneducated, also hikes health inequities

Although most Americans finally may be breaking out of cigarette smoking’s killer grip, Big Tobacco keeps inflicting terrible harm on some of the nation’s most vulnerable—the poor, uneducated, and those who live in rural...more

Trump Administration Releases Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Proposal

by Baker Donelson on

On Tuesday, May 23, the White House released the President's fiscal year 2018 (FY18) budget, launching a contentious and consequential debate that is expected to last through the end of the fiscal year and possibly beyond....more

Trump Administration FY 2018 Budget and Healthcare Programs

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Trump Administration released on May 23, 2017, its full Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget request, titled "A New Foundation for American Greatness." President Donald Trump's request builds off of the administration's March 16...more

FY 2018 President’s Budget May Signal Challenges for Health Programs on the Horizon

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Eric Zimmerman, along with McDermott+Consulting Vice Presidents Adaeze Enekwechi and Piper Su, wrote this +Insights publication detailing the possible effects of the Trump Administration's 2018 budget on health programs and...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - April 2017

by DLA Piper on

Six consumer groups ask major food companies to oppose regulatory reform bill. On April 11, a coalition of six consumer organizations sent a letter to 11 major food manufacturers, retailers and restaurant chains, calling upon...more

Appellate Practice News: Connecticut Supreme Court Considers Schools' Duty Of Care To Students Participating In Travel Abroad...

by Murtha Cullina on

Argument Recap: Munn v. The Hotchkiss School, SC 19525 - The Connecticut Supreme Court heard oral argument this term in Munn v. The Hotchkiss School to decide whether Connecticut public policy supports imposing a duty...more

Opioids: A Prescription for Liability

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

As a result of a change in prescribing guidelines in the 1990s, the U.S. saw a dramatic increase in the long-term use of opioids for chronic non-cancer pain. The prevailing view in the medical community at that time was that...more

FDA Approves Medtronic Melody TPV For Implantation in Failed Pulmonary Heart Valves

by Knobbe Martens on

Medtronic recently announced that its Melody® Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve (TPV) is the first transcatheter pulmonary valve to receive FDA approval for implantation in patients with failed surgical bioprosthetic pulmonary...more

Health-Related Programs Face Deep Cuts In President Trump’s “Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again”

On March 16, 2017, President Trump Administration released his first budget outline for the 2018 fiscal year (FY 2018). In an effort to “shrink the role of government,” the $1.1 trillion budget proposal calls for a $54...more

CDC Study Finds Mesothelioma Death Rates Higher Than Projections

by Selman Breitman LLP on

On March 3, 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a study assessing malignant mesothelioma mortality rates in the United States between the years 1999-2015. The Study – apparently the first of...more

Public health, preventive care programs may take billion-dollar hit

When it comes to the nation’s health, the Trump Administration and the GOP-dominated Congress seem determined to prove they know how to do penny-wise and pound-foolish. They’re amply demonstrating this with proposed slashes...more

CDC Issues New Guidance For Use of EPA-Registered Disifectants in Environmental Control of Candida auris for U.S. Healthcare...

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On February 17, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance revising its recommendation regarding controlling Candida auris (C....more

EPA, CDC and CPSC Investigating Potential Health Effects of Recycled Tire Crumb Used on Playing Fields and Playgrounds

Public concern is increasing over the safety of recycled rubber tire crumb used as infill for synthetic turf fields and playgrounds. There are currently between 12,000 and 13,000 synthetic turf fields in the United States,...more

Uncertainty rises about leadership in nation’s top health posts

Although attention has focused on the GOP-promised repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, other big changes also are afoot in the federal government that will have significant effects on health care in this...more

CDC Issues Final Quarantine Rule to Strengthen Control of Communicable Diseases

by Reed Smith on

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a final rule to strengthen the federal government’s ability to prevent the introduction, transmission, and spread of communicable diseases into the United States...more

Bacteria Found in Cardiac Patients Linked to Heater-Cooler Machine

Heater-Cooler Machine Spreads Germs in Sterile Areas - The medical device sounds well-intended enough: a heater-cooler machine used during heart surgery to control a patient’s body temperature. Doctors employ them in the...more

Five Essential Websites for International Travel

by Planet Depos, LLC on

Preparing for international travel can be intimidating. This need not be, however, with proper organization and accurate information. Read on to discover five websites with the information you need to know before booking...more

Here Are 5 Mistakes To Avoid If You Have Been Bitten By A Dog

Although a dog is regarded as man’s best friend, it can sometimes turn against him. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, a whopping 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year....more

Tidal Waves? Music Streaming Service Faces Lactation Break Challenge

While many employers are focused on efforts by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to implement and enforce its revised white collar overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers should not overlook...more

Washington, D.C. Update – October 2016

by Baker Donelson on

In a rush to leave Washington and head home to campaign for reelection, members of Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) avoiding a shutdown and extending federal government operations through December 9. In an effort...more

Zika Concerns Highlight Need for Employer Planning

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

As temperatures in the Northeast cool, and the mosquito population disappears until spring, the Zika virus may no longer be on the minds of those who live and work in Pennsylvania. Given that cases of Zika continue to be...more

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