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Worth Another Look: Children of the Opioid Epidemic

In January of 2017, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) published a list of the top 10 issues that will be before state legislatures across the nation this year. While we’re just over a quarter of the way...more

Fame, reputation and a med school dean’s secret life

Although smaller community hospitals may provide treatments that are as good and as safe, Americans flock to academic medical centers for specialized care and complex procedures. They’re lured to the big, pricey institutions...more

Tennessee Employers Subject to New Obligations to Report Healthcare Practitioners' Confirmed Drug (but not Alcohol) Tests and Test...

by Littler on

A new Tennessee law, effective July 1, 2017, imposes new reporting requirements on healthcare practitioner (HCP) employers. Under the new reporting law, in certain circumstances, HCP employers must "promptly" report to the...more

Medical Board of California Circulates Opioid Prescriber Guidance

by Nossaman LLP on

Recently, the Medical Board of California circulated an open letter, known as a Prescriber Guidance Letter to all practitioners in California who prescribe opiates. The letter was authored by a statewide workgroup on...more

Giving Telemedicine More Room to Breathe: Recent and Pending State and Federal Actions in the World of Online Prescribing

On October 18, 2008, the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act of 2008 (the “Haight Act”) came into law as the federal government’s first attempt to address the public health risks associated with online...more

Connecticut Enacts Legislation Intended to Curb Opioid Drug Abuse

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

On June 30, 2017, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law An Act Preventing Prescription Opioid Diversion and Abuse (Public Act No. 17-131). This legislation addresses opioid drug abuse in Connecticut by...more

Connecticut Enacts Legislation Intended to Curb Opioid Drug Abuse

On June 30, 2017, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law An Act Preventing Prescription Opioid Diversion and Abuse (Public Act No. 17-131). This legislation addresses opioid drug abuse in Connecticut by...more

Recent Mental Health Parity Guidance — A Good Reminder to Review Your Health Plan for Compliance

by Snell & Wilmer on

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (“MHPAEA”) generally requires that the financial requirements and treatment limitations that apply to mental health and substance use disorder (“MH/SUD”) benefits...more

Health Alert (Australia) 27 June 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 22 June 2017 - Dorris Maharaj v Northern Health [2017] FWC 2997 - Application for relief from unfair dismissal – dismissal harsh,...more

NJ Gov. Chris Christie Seeks to Ease HIPAA Restrictions in Cases of Opioid Overdose

Last week, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie told reporters that he is in talks with representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Justice about easing HIPAA restrictions in...more

Here Comes the Rain: Employers Offering Mental Health Benefits Should Prepare for More Scrutiny

Employers can expect some challenging information requests about the mental health and substance abuse benefits offered to employees and their dependents through group health plans, if a draft form released by federal...more

Health Care Reform Weekly Roundup – Issue 5

The Senate’s health care reform bill was released today, and we will report on that separately. In the meantime, below are key health care reform developments from the week of June 12th....more

“But Officer, He Came Out of Nowhere!”

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

Lots of wrecks happen because drivers, staring at what’s directly in front of them, are unaware of dangers coming from other directions. This is an ACA blog, so right now we’re staring at the ACA changes being proposed by the...more

Drug Companies – Peddlers of opiates?

Opioids put nearly 1.3 million people in the hospital in one year. Yet another example of the devastating effects of Fentanyl and other opiate abuse in our country. We have had a front row seat to this epidemic in Palm...more

NJ Gov. Chris Christie Seeks to Ease HIPAA Restrictions in Cases of Opioid Overdose

Last week, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie told reporters that he is in talks with representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Justice about easing HIPAA restrictions in...more

QBB Review: What employers should know—but often don’t—about employee substance abuse

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Many employers believe that alcohol and substance abusers are primarily unemployed or unemployable. Data shows the opposite. Indeed, one study estimates that 90 percent of alcoholics and 74 percent of drug addicts are...more

Better Healthcare Newsletter from Patrick Malone - May 2017

Americans are the planet’s leading consumers of medications, a prime driver of our steadily rising and already astronomical medical costs. Expert concerns grow by the day that we’re pill crazy, and our excesses may be doing...more

Legislative Solutions: 2017 Virginia Legislative Recap

by Williams Mullen on

The following is a summary of key legislation impacting the health care industry in Virginia. Reforming or Repealing Virginia’s Certificate of Public Need Program - The study of the COPN process continues -...more

Calling for Ideas—CMS Releases Final 2018 Medicare Advantage and Part D Rate Announcement and Call Letter

by Hogan Lovells on

On 3 April 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D Rate Announcement and Call Letter (Call Letter) for calendar year 2018. The Call Letter is part of...more

Manatt on Medicaid: Monthly Expansion Recap, March 2017 #2

Arkansas - Governor Proposes Changes to Medicaid Expansion Waiver as House Passes Bill to Cap Expansion Enrollment - Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) released a proposal to amend the State's Medicaid expansion waiver by...more

Medicaid's Growing Role for SUD Services in Montana

Editor's Note: Montana's 2016 expansion of Medicaid provides an important opportunity to strengthen the state's substance use disorder (SUD) prevention and treatment system. In a new report for the Montana Healthcare...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - March 2017 #4

States react to the failure of the AHCA; the HHS Inspector General launches an investigation into the Trump Administration's suspension of Marketplace enrollment outreach efforts; and the Kansas Legislature sends a Medicaid...more

Medicaid’s Role in the Delivery and Payment of Substance Use Disorder Services in Montana

The State of Montana is grappling with a serious and growing public health problem in substance use disorders (SUDs)—including alcoholism, methamphetamine use and opioid abuse and overdose—as well as the related, profound...more

Federal Enforcement Focuses on Drug Treatment Clinics

by Burr & Forman on

Like pain clinics and pharmacies, practitioners treating substance use disorder appear to be a target for federal enforcers. Under President Trump’s administration and Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, law enforcement...more

Substance Use Disorder Treatment Providers: Time for a Compliance Check

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

On January 18, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration ("SAMHSA"), an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, issued a Final Rule amending the Confidentiality of Alcohol and...more

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