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Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Energy and Commerce Holds Two-Day Hearing on SGR Replacement…CDC Report Finds Providers Making Progress on Lowering Rates of Hospital Infections…Montana Governor Introduces Plan for Medicaid Expansion....more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. - Prepacked caramel apples tied to four deaths from listeria. Listeria from...more

Africa Update - January 2014 #2

Leading the News: West Africa Ebola Outbreak - On January 8th, the United Nations (U.N.) World Health Organization (WHO) announced the most advanced Ebola vaccine candidate will enter Phase III clinical trials...more

Health Care Update - January 2015

In This Issue: - SGR Already Strong Focus of 114th Congress: - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Congressional Initiatives - Other Health...more

Fighting The Flu - Don't Forget To Wash Your Hands!

You can’t open the newspaper, turn on the television, or visit a website without seeing some alarming statistic about the flu. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu is already “widespread”...more

Infectious? Please, Just Go Home!

The world can be a scary place. There are risks that you can control, like whether or not you take up bungee jumping or alligator wrestling, and risks you can’t control, such as whether or not someone runs a red light or if...more

Top 10 Considerations for Employers Addressing Ebola and Other Dangerous Contagious Diseases in the Workplace

Until July 2014, the Ebola virus contained in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone presented no real risk to Americans on American soil. Since that time, just over a dozen patients have been treated...more

Another Listeria Outbreak Reminds Food Industry to Revisit Insurance Program

On December 19, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that U.S. consumers not eat any commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples and that retailers not sell or serve them as they...more

Africa Update - December 2014 #3

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from...more

Pedestrian Accidents: Safety Tips

Being hit by a car while walking down the street or across a crosswalk is a terrifying experience, and unfortunately, one that is not all that uncommon in the San Fernando Valley. Indeed, the Center for Disease Control shares...more

No Smoking = No Vaping?

The days of lighting up at the office are making a comeback in some workplaces, thanks to the growing popularity of electronic cigarettes. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2013, one in five adult smokers...more

Responding to West-African Employees who Travel to Ebola-Affected Countries - Employee Rights vs. Public Health Concerns

Buried near the end of articles in the New York Times and The Washington Post about the first United States Ebola patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, was the observation that the quarantine being imposed on Mr. Duncan’s fiancée, her...more

Are Health Insurance Premiums Affected by Healthcare-Associated Infections?

According to a recent report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 in 25 hospital patients have at least one Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI). In 2011, an estimated 722,000 patients...more

Health Care Update - November 2014 #3

In This Issue: - 21st Century Cures Remains Top Bi-Partisan Priority for 2015 - Senate Passes Critical Access Hospital Direct Supervision Bill - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other...more

Ebola Preparedness

How should an employer respond when it learns that an employee is planning a trip to West Africa to visit family? What if other employees refuse to come to work because they fear that the returning employee may have been...more

Combatting Ebola in the Workplace – and “Fearbola” Too!

For the first time in weeks, online news reports have been relatively Ebola free. This week, the last Ebola patient in the U.S. was declared Ebola free and released from the New York hospital where he had been quarantined....more

Health Care Providers Responding to Ebola: HHS Issues Guidance Reminding Covered Entities that HIPAA Allows the Sharing of PHI in...

The Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) has issued guidance to remind HIPAA-covered entities of the ways in which they are permitted under HIPAA to share protected health information...more

Ebola: best practices for US employers – 6 questions to ask

The 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest one of its type in history and the first in West Africa. A severe and often fatal disease in humans, Ebola symptoms include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea,...more

To Keep or Not Keep Your Employees Safe in the Face of Ebola: Is That Even a Question?

For employers, dealing with the Ebola "crisis" is not as theoretical as it has been made out to be. There are already a number of laws, regulations, and guidance in place to help pave the path for employers. This country has...more

Global Employers: How Are You Managing Workplace Concerns About Ebola?

While the world moves quickly to contain the Ebola virus, businesses across the globe are scrambling to figure out how best to manage workplace concerns and protect their employees. But as employers develop their Ebola...more

Ebola May Be Bad Enough, But There Is OSHA, Too

Although most hospitals likely will never encounter a true case of Ebola, that does not mean they are immune to its harms. With nurses and other clinicians clamoring for adequate workplace protections, hospitals must decide...more

Beyond the CDC Guidelines – Additional Preparations for Ebola Virus

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has continually been issuing new guidelines for Ebola screening and treatment. Several states have differed with the CDC to require stricter procedures.[1] The incongruity and media...more

Business Litigation Alert: "Protecting Employees from Ebola"

Now that the Ebola virus has made its way to the United States, there is understandable concern about contracting it. Obviously hospitals have a clear responsibility to protect their employees, but what about non-healthcare...more

CDC Issues Additional Guidance to Healthcare Employers Regarding Protection of Workers from Ebola Virus

Recently, Miller & Martin Workplace Safety Practice Group provided information regarding the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) launch of its new web page designed to assist employers with their...more

Is Your Facility Ready for Ebola?

Polsinelli presents Crisis Management: a multi-part series (culminating in a webinar on 11.20.2014) on what companies must know to stay ahead of external interruption that risks serious impact to their business concerns....more

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