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21st Century Cures: A Closer Look

On December 7, 2016, the US Congress enacted the 21st Century Cures Act, substantial legislation intended to accelerate “discovery, development and delivery” of medical therapies by encouraging biomedical research investment,...more

Notes on Day 4 of the JPMorgan Healthcare Conference

Some interesting presentations on the last day of the JPMorgan Healthcare Conference that concentrated on common themes – the increasing importance of ancillary business line to bolster core business revenue and of filling in...more

The Joint Commission Bans Text Messaging for Patient Care Orders

The Joint Commission, which accredits hospitals and other health care organizations, recently announced it will not permit hospitals and other health care organizations to use secure text messaging platforms to transmit...more

Patient Records Requests: What You Need to Know [Video]

Our guest on Healthcare Matters is Richard J. Rymond, an attorney at Reminger Co., LPA, who specializes in in medical, dental and other forms of professional, commercial and general liability. He is the Dental Liability...more

Looking Forward/Looking Backward – Day 1 Notes from the JPMorgan Healthcare Conference

A large amount of wind, much discussion about the U.S healthcare, and the public getting soaked again – if you were thinking about Washington, DC and the new Congress, you’re 3,000 miles away from the action. This is the week...more

EMA on optimising the development of advanced therapies

On 16 December 2016, the European Medicines Agency (“EMA”), along with the European Biopharmaceutical Enterprises (“EBE”) organised the fifth annual regulatory conference concerning the optimisation of the development of...more

CT Hospitals Have New Patient Disclosure Requirements Beginning in 2017

Beginning January 28, 2017, Connecticut hospitals must start notifying patients who schedule certain non-emergency diagnoses or procedures of their right to request related cost and quality information. This new requirement...more

Ten Things to Know About the CMS Long-Term Care Requirements Final Rule

Deadlines are looming to come into compliance with sweeping changes to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements for long-term care facilities (LTC) participating in Medicare and Medicaid. The CMS final...more

Update: Arkansas (Again!) Medical Board Approves Telemedicine Rules

The Arkansas State Medical Board on Thursday voted unanimously to pass Regulation 38 establishing key definitions for telemedicine practice in the State. The new regulation imposes specific Board of Medicine requirements for...more

The Learned Intermediary Rule in Consumer Protection Claims

We recently posted about a new California decision that was notable, in part, because it applied the learned intermediary rule to often-asserted (and equally often abused) California consumer protection statutes. See Andren...more

New OkPOLST form designed to improve end-of-life and crisis care

Beginning Friday, August 26, 2016, Oklahomans have another tool available to them for use in planning end-of-life care and treatment. It’s called an OkPOLST, which stands for Oklahoma Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining...more

Missouri Governor Signs New Telemedicine Law

Missouri’s governor signed into law SB 579 (the “Act”), on June 8, 2016, establishing new telemedicine practice standards, including explicitly allowing a valid physician-patient relationship to be established via...more

Brief Reprieve Before Hospitals Must Provide Medicare Patients with “Observation” Notices

Hospitals now have additional time before they must meet federal requirements to provide written notice to Medicare patients who are receiving observation services. Congress passed the Notice of Observation Treatment and...more

OIG Approves Hospice Payments to Nursing Facility for Dual Eligible Patients Under Medicaid Demonstration Project

On July 20, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a favorable Advisory Opinion (16-08) [PDF] regarding payments from a hospice to a nursing facility in which a dual...more

Two-Midnight Rule Update

Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on August 19, 2013, the two-midnight rule provided that an inpatient admission generally would only be payable under Medicare Part A if: (1) the admitting practitioner had an expectation,...more

No More Surprises: Florida Ends Certain Medical Balance Billing

"Surprise medical billing" occurs when a patient receives care at a facility and receives treatment from a provider, such as an anesthesiologist or radiologist, who is not contracted with the patient’s health insurance plan....more

Tenth Circuit Rebukes CMS for Applying Wrong Regulations in Overpayment Action

The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit shot down CMS’s overpayment recoupment related to physical therapy and skilled nursing services, citing multiple errors in CMS’s appeal briefing and concluding that “an...more

Advertising Law - June 2016

First Circuit Affirms Ruling Against Jerk.com - In a victory for the Federal Trade Commission, the First Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a Commission ruling that website Jerk.com, a self-described reputation management...more

FDA Issues Guidance on Expanded Access

The Agency improves the process for access to investigational drugs and biologics for patients who lack other options. On June 2, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) announced that it finalized three...more

Policy Perspectives Dominate The Discussion As The Medical Marijuana Task Force Looks To The Experts For Answers

Another marathon evening session of the Ohio House of Representatives’ Medical Marijuana Task Force (“Task Force”) was held on Thursday, March 10, 2016, as the Task Force heard testimony past 11 p.m. Chairman Kirk Schuring...more

Also in The News - Health Headlines - February 2016 #2

ALSO IN THE NEWS: CMS Extends Deadline for Hardship Exception Applications – On February 26, 2016, CMS updated its online instructions for submitting a hardship exception application to reflect that hardship exception...more

Local Government Officials And Patient Advocates Alike Line Up To Offer Proponent Testimony At The First Evening Session Of The...

The first evening session of the Ohio House of Representatives’ Medical Marijuana Task Force (“Task Force”) didn’t conclude until after 10.30 p.m., but the testimony was provocative and the questions illuminating. While our...more

FDA Public Workshop on Patient, Medical Professional Perspectives on Receiving Genetic Test Results (March 2)

On March 2, 2016, the FDA is hosting a public workshop on “Patient and Medical Professional Perspectives on the Return of Genetic Test Results.” FDA is convening the workshop to discuss the specific information...more

Traveling for Medical Care — The Increasing Popularity of Medical Tourism

Medical tourism is the term used to describe the movement of patients across international borders in pursuit of medical care and treatment. While in the United States the term is usually associated with Americans leaving the...more

FDA data underscores why patients need to ask tough questions about care

The epidemic of overtreatment is hardly new, and it often stems from physicians’ tendency to order excessive tests. But now Uncle Sam is getting ready to step in even more, prompted in part by disturbing data that detailed...more

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