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Italy approves new provisions on informed consent and advance decision of medical treatments – Why it matters for clinical trials...

by Hogan Lovells on

On December 14th, 2017, the Italian Senate passed a long-awaited bill (DDL no 2801) governing the informed consent to medical treatments, which also allows individuals to express their wishes on medical treatments in the...more

New California Laws for Nonprofit Health Care: What Facilities Need to Know

by Polsinelli on

Nonprofit health care facilities should evaluate what upcoming California law changes mean for their businesses. The new laws, which impact required notices and approvals from the state Attorney General’s office, take effect...more

Drug Free Workplaces in the Medical Marijuana Era

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

To date, twenty-nine states have legalized medical marijuana. As laws permitting medical marijuana use go into effect across the county, many employers are left wondering how these laws will impact their drug-free workplace...more

Proposed Law Would Criminalize Failures to Report Data Breaches

A draft bill recently introduced in the U.S. Senate serves as a good reminder that compliance with data breach reporting requirements is critical. This bill follows significant, high-profile data breaches by Uber and Equifax,...more

Medicaid Expansion May Reduce Medical Divorce Rates

Medical divorce is a term coined some years ago to describe a divorce obtained for medical reasons. More specifically, according to an article by George Diepenbrock, researchers defined “medical divorce” as “an instance where...more

Bill Requires Public Disclosure of Medical Marijuana Practitioners

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

As we previously discussed in Medical Marijuana 103: Patient and Practitioner Regulations in New York State, practitioners in New York must be registered with the New York State Department of Health (“DOH”) in order to...more

What's New In Washington - December 2017

December is often the busiest time in Washington, and this year is no different as Congress races toward the holiday finish line. There is still a multitude of problems to solve before members can head back to their...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – December 2017 #2

This week, Republican efforts to pass a tax reform package is likely to come to a head with the clock running out on 2017. The Conference Committee will meet on Wednesday in hopes of putting the finishing touches on a bill...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 1, Issue 38

by Clark Hill PLC on

One Shutdown Averted, Countdown Begins Again: With the government funded through December 22, House and Senate leadership are shifting their focus on how to structure a long-term spending deal that would include an increase...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

Lawmakers last week approved a stopgap budget bill to keep the government open until Dec. 22, creating a pre-Christmas showdown over a host of spending decisions and key healthcare priorities. Republican leaders on Capitol...more

News from Second & State

Back from this weekend’s Pennsylvania Society festivities, the House of Representatives were back to work on Monday morning, convening for their second to last session week of the year. On Monday, the House Appropriations...more

American Indian Law and Policy: 10 Things You Need to Know - December 2017

Congress returned from the Thanksgiving holiday with an intense workload that must be completed by the end of the year. Tax reform remains a focus, and the Republican-controlled Congress is still committed to getting a final...more

Tax-Exempt Healthcare Organizations Brace for Impact as Senate Tax Reform Bill Passes

Update. We described in a previous blog post major changes that tax-exempt hospitals and other tax-exempt organizations in the healthcare industry face in the tax reform proposals working their way through Congress. In the...more

Recent Congressional Actions Bring Drug Pricing Debate Back Into National Spotlight

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In late October, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) introduced the Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2017 (S. 2011; H.R. 4138), which would allow the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – December 2017

Following weekend passage of the Senate tax bill, we return this week with Congress needing to pass a government-spending bill. While it’s widely expected that this will be a two-week continuing resolution (CR), giving...more

GOP Tax Legislation Poses Challenges to the Health Care Industry

by Epstein Becker & Green on

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have both passed their tax reform bills and will now confer toward creating a unified bill that both chambers can support, and that President Trump will sign. The two bills differ...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

Congressional Republicans face a Friday deadline to approve a stopgap budget bill to avert a government shutdown, delaying until later this month key decisions on healthcare priorities like renewing children’s insurance and...more

Tax bill will have big health care effects, none of them good

It may take days, weeks, years, or even a decade to fully determine what the Republicans in Washington have done to the nation’s health care with the U.S. Senate’s middle-of-the-night approval of more than $1 trillion in...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 1, Issue 37

by Clark Hill PLC on

House Majority Leader McCarthy informed members on Thursday that they should be ready to vote this evening on a motion to go to conference with the Senate on tax legislation, despite the House not scheduled to be in session....more

President Trump Once Again Attempts To Dismantle The Affordable Care Act

by Fisher Phillips on

After multiple failed attempts by Congress to reform the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Trump announced several weeks ago that the federal government would stop making subsidy payments to insurers who sell coverage...more

Massachusetts Proposed Legislation to Curb Health Care Costs by Regulating Hospital Reimbursement Rates

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In a previous blog post, we began to dissect the new Massachusetts State Senate bill, “An Act Furthering Health Empowerment and Affordability by Leveraging Transformative Health Care,” and focused on a provision that would...more

HHS Nominee Alex Azar Testifies Before Senate HELP

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) Committee held the first hearing on the confirmation for Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) nominee Alex Azar on Wednesday, November 29. Notably, only the...more

Congressional Hearings Focus on Health Policy Issues

by Reed Smith on

A number of Congressional panels have scheduled or held recent hearings on health policy issues, including the following: On November 30, 2017, the House Energy & Commerce Committee is holding a hearing on implementation...more

House Approves IPAB Repeal Legislation

by Reed Smith on

The House of Representatives has voted 307 – 111 to approve HR 849, Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act, to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). Under the ACA, the IPAB must submit Medicare spending...more

President Signs Metabolic Syndrome Support Legislation, Emergency Medication Act

by Reed Smith on

President Trump has signed into law S 920, the National Clinical Care Commission Act, which establishes a national clinical care commission to improve coordination of federal programs that support care for people with complex...more

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