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Measles Outbreak in Illinois

The current measles cluster in the Chicago area has school districts on heightened alert. Following is a short summary of preventative steps and guidance issued by the Illinois Department of Public Health. This alert is...more

OHCQ Mandates Submission of Policies on Resident Access to Medical Records

Maryland nursing homes must submit their policies and procedures for resident access to and requests for medical records to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Office of Health Care Quality (OHCQ) by...more

Action Required: Reporting Deadline for Physician Group Practice Is December 31, 2014

Earlier this year, Connecticut enacted P.A. 14 - 168, which requires hospitals, hospital systems, and physician group practices composed of 30 or more physicians to report to the attorney general and the Department of Public...more

New York Environmental Commissioner Will Issue an Order Early Next Year Banning “Fracking,” Under a Moratorium Since 2008

In a much-anticipated report, the New York State Department of Health has concluded that high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) should be banned statewide. In a nutshell, the Department found that there was insufficient...more

New York Bans Hydraulic Fracturing

The ban comes in light of a report from the New York State Department of Health claiming there is insufficient information to understand the health risks....more

Medical Marijuana Roundtable: Top Ten Takeaways

Minnesota recently became the latest state to permit the limited use of medical marijuana for treating certain health conditions. In early October, the Department of Health issued proposed regulations to implement the new...more

Pa. Dept. of Health Establishes Website (stayinformed.pa.gov) for Highmark – UPMC Information

The Pa. Departments of Health and Insurance have established a website in an attempt to provide ongoing information and guidance regarding the termination of the Highmark...more

Health Care: DSRIP Still a Moving Target as Application Deadline Nears - An Update on Key Developments (12/14)

As the date to submit final applications to participate in the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP) approaches, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) continues to roll out new information, revised...more

Proposed Regulations in New York for ACO Certification Reflect Medicare Shared Savings Program Influence

The New York State Department of Health (“NYSDOH”) published proposed regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) in October that establish standards for the issuance of certificates of authority to Accountable Care...more

Health Law Wire: November 2014 - Capital Facilities Restructuring Program (CFRP) Application Conference Highlights.

DOH and DASNY held the initial applicant’s conference today on the CFRP application process and provided highlights on the State’s proposed bonding of up to $1.2 billion in funding for projects furthering DSRIP goals. The RFA...more

New Jersey Physicians—Final Opportunity to Register a Surgical Practice

In early November 2014, the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) sent a letter to every physician licensed by the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners (BME) regarding New Jersey’s statutory requirement that every surgical...more

New York Announces Revisions to the Certificate-of-Need Process

The New York State Department of Health (“NYSDOH”) recently released proposed revisions to its certificate-of-need (“CON”) process. The regulations aim to streamline the administrative process for hospitals, nursing homes,...more

NYS Department of Health Proposes Changes to Certificate of Need Process

On October 15, 2014, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) released proposed changes that will simplify the certificate of need (CON) process. Specifically, the Department is proposing to require prior notice,...more

The New York State Department of Health Releases Long-Awaited Proposed Regulations Authorizing the Formation of ACOs

The long-awaited proposed regulations authorizing the formation of accountable care organizations (“ACOs”) in New York are finally here. Interested parties may comment on the proposal until December 1, 2014. The regulations...more

New Washington Rule Clarifies Authority to Issue Penalties Against TPAs

The Washington State Department of Health has promulgated a new rule clarifying the Department's authority to issue civil penalties against health carriers and third-party administrators. This rule, which is outside the...more

News from the Health Law Gurus™ - May 2014

Massachusetts to Start from Scratch with Health Insurance Website — Massachusetts plans to abandon its health insurance exchange website in favor of starting over from scratch, according to a New York Times report....more

Vermont Senate OKs Chemicals Bill

On May 5, 2014, the Vermont Senate gave final approval to a bill that would ramp up regulatory scrutiny of the chemicals found in children’s products. The bill, S.239, gives the Vermont Department of Health the authority to...more

New York Court Strikes Down Regulations Limiting Executive Compensation and Administrative Expenses

A New York court has held that the State’s regulatory limits on executive compensation and administrative expenses for entities that receive state funds unconstitutionally exceed proper regulatory authority. The regulations,...more

Hexavalent Chromium: Is the Maximum Contaminant Level a Done Deal?

The California Department of Public Health Submits Its Final Regulation Package on Hexavalent Chromium: Is the Maximum Contaminant Level a Done Deal?...more

Looking At The Past To Predict The Future Of HIPAA/HITECH Enforcement

2013 was a busy year for the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”). On January 17, 2013, HHS issued its Final Omnibus Rule, substantially modifying the Privacy, Security and Enforcement Rules promulgated by the...more

Changes Ahead for Laboratories Doing Business in Pennsylvania

New legislation enacted last month will change the way many laboratories do business in Pennsylvania. Senate Bill 1042 (SB 1042), which amends Pennsylvania’s Clinical Laboratory Act (the Act), now prohibits several practices...more

New York State Publishes Draft Certificate of Public Advantage Regulations

The New York Department of Health recently published a proposed regulation that lays out the rules governing the issuance of certificates of public advantage for health care collaborations within the state....more

Well, Well, Well…Employee Wellness Program Rules Update

The Departments of Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services jointly issued final regulations on June 3, 2013 addressing wellness programs under the Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”) and the HIPAA non-discrimination rules. ...more

Leaked New York Department of Health Report: Hydraulic Fracturing Can Be Safely Conducted

A previously confidential New York state agency report analyzing the human health impact of high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) operations released to a limited number of media outlets last Thursday concludes that HVHF...more

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