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Health Care Update - July 2014 #3

In This Issue: - First Guidance following Hobby Lobby released - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Other Congressional and State...more

Health Care Update - July 2014

In This Issue: - E&C continues to push for bipartisan efforts to improve drug pipeline - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Other Health Care...more

What You Should Know Before You Grill — FDA Finds Meat Contaminated With Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

The National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) tracks and assesses the presence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the nation’s foods and food-producing animals. The government department partners with the...more

USCIS Issues Policy Alert on Validity of Medical Examinations (Form I-693)

On Friday, May 30, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reversed a longstanding policy of extending the validity of the physician endorsement on the Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record...more

E-Cigarettes Light Up Controversy Among Employers

First marketed internationally in 2002, battery-powered e-cigarettes are exploding stateside and may soon shake up many employers who need to decide whether or not to allow e-cigarettes in the workplace. Sales in the United...more

Feds Report On Chinese Drywall Brings Both Vindication And Deep Frustration To Florida Homeowners

Feds Report On Chinese Drywall Brings Both Vindication And Deep Frustration To Florida Homeowners. A report from the CDC confirms what thousands of Floridans suffering financial distress and medical problems have known for...more

White House Issues Guidance for Preventing Sexual Assault on Campus

The White House is urging colleges and universities to take a more proactive approach to protecting students from sexual assault and recently announced new actions and guidelines in the first report of the White House Task...more

CDC: Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Linked to Foster Farms Chicken

It has been one year since an outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg was first identified and linked to Foster Farms raw chicken and since then the numbers of individuals affected keeps growing. Last month, an additional 43 people...more

Health Care Update

In This Issue: - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Other Congressional and State Initiatives - Other Health Care News - Upcoming Hearings and...more

Is the Irreversible Truly Unforeseeable?: The Law of Suicide

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of suicide deaths in 2010 was 38,364, making it the tenth leading cause of death in America. For younger demographics, the numbers are even more...more

Reducing Antibiotic Use in Hospitals to Reduce Antibiotic Resistance

A federal report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that extensive prescribing of antibiotics is at least partially responsible for the development of C. diff (Clostridium difficile), an...more

HHS Rule Grants Patients Direct Access to Lab Test Results

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently published a Final Rule granting patients and their personal representatives access to the patient’s completed laboratory test reports directly from the lab...more

HHS OIG 2014 Work Plan Highlights Grants Management and Allowable Cost Initiatives

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) released its Fiscal Year 2014 Work Plan (“2014 Plan”) on January 31, 2014. The OIG releases a work plan annually to identify new and...more

Three Reasons to See a Doctor Quickly After Sustaining a Head Injury in a Florida Vehicle Accident

The brain controls almost every function in the body, so any head injury should be taken seriously. However, many people whose injuries appear minor just take a pill for the headache and move on without even considering...more

Flu Remedy: Can an Employee Get FMLA Leave for the Flu?

With flu season at its peak and certain strains of the flu requiring longer recovery periods, workplaces are experiencing a spike in the frequency and duration of flu-related absences. The Centers for Disease Control and...more

Health Care Reform Update -- January 21, 2014

In this issue: Implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; and Hearings and Mark-Ups Scheduled. Excerpt from Implementation of the...more

Dust In The Wind – A "Silent Epidemic" Rises In The Southwest

Statisticians call it a correlation when two sets of data are strongly linked. Last Friday, the governor of California declared a state of emergency arising from the persistent drought that resulted in 2013 being the driest...more

Food Contamination: Who Is Minding Our Food Providers?

One of the alarming aspects of the recent government shutdown was the feeling that no one was watching our food supply. Even with oversight in place, foodborne illnesses, also known as food poisoning, sicken one out of every...more

CDC Releases Food Allergy Guidelines For Schools

Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new recommended guidelines to schools on how to serve students with food allergies. The Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools and...more

President Expected To Sign Epi-Pen School Food Allergies Bill

As reported by the Washington Post, President Obama is expected to sign a bill into law encouraging states to require schools to take greater efforts to protect students with food allergies. The bipartisan bill was proposed...more

Healthcare Update, No. 4, November 2013: 'Tis The Season: Employers And The Flu

This flu season may be one of the worst in years, but the experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cannot monitor its severity and scope because of the federal government shutdown. Unofficial flu...more

Obesity as a Disability Under the ADA: Is it More Likely Now Than Before?

In July, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a new policy that officially labels obesity as a disease, “requiring a range of medical interventions to advance obesity treatment and prevention.” According to the...more

New Football Helmet Warning Labels Beg the Question – Do you really want to get your head in the game?

Football helmet companies make attempts to avoid future athletes’ injuries and lawsuits: The topic of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in sports has recently become a very pressing issue. Most notably, the occurrence of...more

Feds Warn Medical, Dental, and Nursing Schools about Unlawful Discrimination against Students and Applicants with Hepatitis B

Three federal agencies recently publicized a joint agency letter that was sent to schools of medicine, dentistry, and nursing and other health-related schools about what the agencies perceive as potential discrimination...more

Current Developments in U.S. Food Regulation

The issue of food regulation, while not novel, has received increasing media and legislative attention. In 2013, an entire issue of Natural Resources & Environment will be devoted to the topic of food law and regulation. In...more

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