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SAMHSA Issues Final Rule Modernizing Confidentiality Requirements for Patients Receiving Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Last month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”) released a Final Rule updating the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient...more

Health Alert (Australia) February 20, 2017

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 10 February 2017 - Govier v Unitingcare Community [2017] QCA 12 - EMPLOYMENT LAW – LIABILITY AT COMMON LAW FOR INJURY –...more

What's "Hidden" in the 21st Century Cures Act for Health Care Entities

The 21st Century Cures Act (Cures) was signed into law December 13, 2016. While the primary focus of the 996-page Act centered on biomedical innovation, several components of Cures have significant implications for health...more

Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records - Final Rule Revising Regulations

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a final rule to update and modernize the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations effective February 17, 2017. ...more

42 C.F.R. Part 2 Final Rule Is Officially Delayed … Can Comments to HHS and OMB Fix It?

On January 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a final rule amending the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records rule at 42 C.F.R. Part 2. Yesterday, HHS delayed the...more

The Critical Role of Telemedicine in the Addiction Crisis

Telemedicine is now mainstream. Surprisingly, however, one area in which telemedicine has not been used to its fullest capability is drug addiction treatment. As you are aware, the country is in the midst of an addiction...more

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Issues Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient...

On January 13, 2017, SAMHSA issued a Final Rule updating the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations (42 C.F.R. Part 2). SAMHSA also issued a Supplemental Proposed Rule requesting comments on...more

New Hampshire Finalizes Opioid Prescribing Rules

New Hampshire is starting 2017 with stepped-up efforts to manage its oft-described opioid epidemic. Though the most recent regulations are directed at individual prescribers, and do not apply to the administration of opioids...more

HHS Modifies Drug and Alcohol Abuse Confidentiality Regulations, Proposes Additional Revisions

On January 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released a final rule (the Final Rule) modifying the federal regulations governing the...more

Health Alert (Australia) January 23, 2017

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Commonwealth. Federal Court 13 January 2017 - Selia v Commonwealth of Australia [2017] FCA 7 - ADMINISTRATIVE LAW -...more

SAMHSA Issues Final Rule for Update to Part 2

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issued its final rule updating proposed changes to the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations (also known as 42 CFR Part 2...more

EEOC Increases Scrutiny of Employer Actions Taken Against Prescription Drug Users

Prescription drug abuse has made national news in the last few years. In March 2016, President Obama noted that “prescription opioid abuse and [the] heroin epidemic claims the lives of tens of thousands of Americans each...more

DOT Creates CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, Imposing Employer Reporting and Query Obligations

On December 2, 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a final rule establishing a new “Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.” The Clearinghouse will provide a central database identifying...more

Have Yourself a Safe, Undistracted, and Accident Free Holiday

Seyfarth Synopsis: Keep your holidays happy and safe. At this time of year, with all of the joy, parties, and excitement the season brings, employers need to be especially vigilant to keep and maintain a safe workplace...more

CMS Plans “Listening Session” on Part D Drug Management Programs under CARA (Nov. 14)

CMS is hosting a November 14, 2016 “listening session” to obtain stakeholder input on implementation of section 704 of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA), Under this provision, Medicare Part D...more

The Changing Landscape of the Fight Against Opioid and Heroin Addiction and the Availability of Naloxone

In recent months, the Obama administration and many health and pharmaceutical players at the state and local levels have focused their attention on the national opioid epidemic. Based on recent findings from the National...more

Employers Better Sober Up: The EEOC Is Targeting Prescription Drug Testing Policies

While prescription drug use and abuse pose serious concerns for the health and safety of workplaces, two recent cases filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) suggest that employers need to be very...more

You Should Know - October 2016

“You Should Know” Risk and Prevention Guide - Opiate Drug Abuse, Deaths Soar Along with Drug Company Profits - In April, musician and icon Prince died in his home from an accidental overdose of the prescription...more

Worth Another Look: Joint Session on Opioid Addiction

“But in Pennsylvania, the problem is visible—in the lives lost. The families broken. The communities shaken.” – Gov. Tom Wolf to a Joint Session of the General Assembly, September 28, 2016. Gov. Tom Wolf addressed a...more

Ugly details emerge on how Big Pharma fueled painkiller scourge

New information has surfaced about Big Pharma’s relentless campaign to sell the public on prescription, opioid painkillers-powerful, addictive drugs whose wide availability and abuse now has become a killer scourge that...more

Federal Legislation Expected on Sober Living Homes

Sober living homes offer drug- and alcohol-free, cooperative living arrangements for people in the process of recovery from addiction. Rapid growth within the sector as well as increased media attention due to some recurring...more

Lessons From LochteGate: Strategies to Avoid Olympic-Sized Workplace Disqualifications

U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte’s recent alcohol-fueled encounter with Brazilian police during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games embarrassed not only his team and the International Olympic Committee but possibly the entire...more

Breaking the Expat Myth in the United Arab Emirates

With the transient nature of this country, there are a number of misconceptions about the UAE criminal law, especially among expatriates. Hassan Elhais, Legal Consultant in Dubai, Femina ME’s guest columnist, tells us about...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - August 2016 #4

HealthCare.gov plans an open enrollment pilot that will let consumers compare provider network breadth; new Medicaid enrollees reduce out-of-pocket spending on prescription drugs by nearly 60%; and Kansas’s Governor announces...more

The Marijuana Industry’s Big Win: The DEA’s Refusal to Reschedule

Earlier this year, when the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) indicated it would have an announcement regarding a now five-year-old petition to reschedule cannabis, numerous industries on the “outside looking in” were...more

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