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Window On Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 10

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Outlook for This Week in the Nation's Capital - Omnibus. While negotiations on the Omnibus appropriations bill are said to be almost completed with the possibility of it being on the House floor next week, there are still a...more

Life Sciences. Major Russian legal changes in the second half of 2017

by Dentons on

Major Russian legal changes - 1. The Russian government has introduced a risk-oriented approach for scheduled inspections in the healthcare industry - (RF Government Resolution No. 907 on Amendments to the Regulation on...more

Rx to save patients money: Lift Big Pharma ‘gag orders’ on pharmacists

Big Pharma’s notorious middle-men, aka prescription benefit managers or PBMs, are coming under yet more fire — this time over so-called gag orders that they impose on pharmacists they work with, preventing these front-line...more

Advancing Access to Precision Medicine Act - A Bipartisan Bill

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On February 15, 2018, representatives Eric Swalwell (CA-15), John Shimkus (IL-15), Scott Peters (CA-52), Erik Paulson (MN-03), and Juan Vargas (CA-51), introduced the Advancing Access to Precision Medicine Act (H.R....more

Vermont Legislative Update 03-02-2018 - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team

When it returns on March 13, the Vermont Senate is expected to consider S.197, a bill that creates strict liability for damage to property and human health for the release of many harmful substance into the environment, and...more

South Dakota Passes Automatic Substitution Law for Interchangeable Biosimilars

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South Dakota passed a law that allows pharmacists to automatically substitute a biosimilar for a prescribed biological product. According to the new law, which was signed by South Dakota’s governor on February 12, 2018, the...more

Congress Proposes Change to Ryan Haight Act to Allow Telemedicine Prescribing of Controlled Substances

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

It seems the efforts of telemedicine advocates to change federal law and allow greater prescribing of controlled substances are no longer falling on deaf ears. Congress just released a pair of draft discussion bills to amend...more

Benesch DSO - February 2018 Recap

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Heartland Dental Expands to Washington - Heartland Dental, the largest dental support organization in the country, recently gained its first supported dental office in Washington. This expands the DSO’s nationwide...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – February 2018 #3

This week, Congress is back in session and will continue its role in addressing the opioid epidemic. While fighting the epidemic is going to be a top priority in Congress this work period, a renewed push for gun control and...more

New Therapeutic Goods legislation: what you need to know

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The Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2017 Measures No.1) Bill 2017 and the Therapeutic Goods (Charges) Amendment Bill 2017 passed through both Houses on 15 February 2018. The bills have yet to receive Royal Assent....more

Window on Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 7

by Clark Hill PLC on

Outlook for This Week in the Nation's Capital - FY18 Appropriations Wrap-up. House Appropriators are trying to finish drafting the FY18 Omnibus Appropriations bill by March 14 in order to give Congress enough time to pass...more

Trump Administration Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Budget and Healthcare Programs

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Trump Administration on Feb. 12 released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget request, titled "An American Budget." Unlike last year's budget, which was released in late May, the release of this budget conforms to the typical...more

Top 5 Ways Telehealth Will Change Under the New Federal Funding Bill

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The telemedicine industry has been abuzz upon learning that provider-friendly legislation was included in the new federal Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law by the President on February 9, 2018. But telehealth...more

2019 White House and HHS Budgets Released: Key Changes to Drug Pricing and Reimbursement Proposed

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On February 12, 2018, the White House Office of Management and Budget released an overview of the president's Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Budget (the Budget), which makes, among many others, several proposals regarding drug pricing...more

Senator Collins to Propose Legislation to Lower Drug Costs

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After a committee hearing on the price of rheumatoid arthritis drugs last week, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) announced that she is working on a bill designed to lower drug costs. According to Bloomberg Law, the aim of the...more

White House Unveils Proposal on Drug Pricing

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Feb. 9, 2018, the Trump Administration released a 30-page report analyzing domestic and global factors influencing drug pricing. The report by the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) is expected to inform the HHS' Fiscal...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – February 2018 #2

We closed last week with a budget deal that addressed nearly every health care stakeholder issue. With 2017 finally over, we begin 2018 with the next budget. This week the Administration will release its FY 2019 budget and...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 6

by Clark Hill PLC on

Outlook for This Week in the Nation's Capital - FY18 Appropriations Work Already Underway. Since the passage of the bipartisan budget deal this past Friday, House and Senate Appropriations Committees have already begun...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Petition Submitted for Citizen Initiative to Add New Tax to Fund Homecare Services - On January 26, the Maine People's Alliance (MPA) submitted a petition to the Secretary of State's office that, if certified, would put a...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 5

by Clark Hill PLC on

Another Shutdown? Congress needs to pass another short-term spending bill by Friday in order to keep the government open, but some House Republicans are against the plan for a fifth continuing resolution that would fund the...more

As Congress Struggles With ACA Repeal, Trump Administration Moves Forward With Regulatory Reform

The Trump administration and Republican-led Congress spent substantial time and political capital in 2017 on efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and enact sweeping Medicaid reform. By the end of the...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 4

by Clark Hill PLC on

Another Continuing Resolution. Or Two? Within days of passing the CR to reopen the government, multiple Members of Congress expressed the possibility of needing another CR to fund the government after February 8. ...more

Ten Things To Know About Maryland’s Proposed Telehealth Rules

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Maryland Board of Physicians evaluated, then tabled for further consideration, a set of new telehealth rules designed to expand the opportunities for hospitals and providers to deliver virtual care services in Baltimore...more

Medicare 340B Drug Payment Policy Survives Legal Challenge; Hospitals Say, It's Not Over

by Baker Ober Health Law on

A federal court has handed CMS an initial legal victory enabling drastic cuts in Medicare Part B payment to take effect for separately payable drugs and biologicals purchased by hospitals under the 340B Drug Discount Program...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 1

by Clark Hill PLC on

Another short-term continuing resolution is all but guaranteed as the current continuing resolution will expire later this month and budget talks last week did not result in a deal or hint at one in the near future. As the...more

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