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OIG Work Plan – October 2017 Update

by Baker Ober Health Law on

The OIG added five new items to its Work Plan with its October 2017 monthly update. This is a decrease from the nine new items added to the Work Plan with the September 2017 update. (For more information on last month's Work...more

Texas Medical Board Proposes New Rules on Heals of Relaxed Telemedicine Laws

by Baker Ober Health Law on

The Texas Medical Board recently proposed changes to its telemedicine regulations (22 Tex. Admin. Code §§ 174.1 – 174.12) to follow the amendments to Section 111 of the Texas Occupations Code governing the practice of...more

Shortage of Relief: Recent Disasters Highlight Multifaceted Drug Shortage Problem

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Nearly a month after Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico, roughly 80 percent of the U.S. territory is still without electrical power. • The island is home to multiple drug manufacturing facilities that are directly...more

Reaping the Jurisdictional Whirlwind

by Reed Smith on

Literally for decades plaintiffs in mass torts have employed the business model of flooding jurisdictions seen as friendly to them with more solicited plaintiffs than any court system can possibly handle. They have employed...more

Health Reform Rollercoaster

by Winstead PC on

When POTUS signed the most recent executive order related to health care reform, it was only a small incremental step to direct the agencies to loosen some rules on health reform that will eventually impact the coverage...more

Alabama CON Report

I. SHPDA Administrative Report - Contested Case AL2017-018, Huntsville Senior Services, LLC d/b/a Regency Remembrances, Huntsville, AL: Proposes to add thirty-two (32) specialty care assisted living beds to an existing...more

The Opioid Crisis: Declaring a National Emergency and the Effect on Remote Prescribing through Telemedicine

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On July 31, 2017, President Donald Trump’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis recommended that he declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency. In August 2017 and again on October 16, 2017, the...more

K&L Gates Triage: Using Drones in Medicine

by K&L Gates LLP on

Unmanned aircraft, commonly known as “drones,” are gaining traction as a tool used by many industries today, including health care. Researchers are currently studying potential applications for drones in delivering medical...more

Enforcing Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements Post-Kindred

Just five months ago, the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on a nursing home arbitration dispute in Kindred Nursing Centers v. Clark. It held that the Kentucky supreme court’s rationale for not enforcing the arbitration...more

Executive Order on Association Health Plans Could Benefit Employers

by Barley Snyder on

Stymied by the lack of congressional progress toward repealing, replacing or reforming the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Trump has in recent days issued a number of directives affecting various aspects of the law....more

AGG Food and Drug Newsletter - October 2017

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP's Food and Drug Newsletter is a monthly update of legal and regulatory issues that affect the FDA-regulated community, including regular updates on legislative initiatives from AGG’s Washington, DC...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- Republican Frank White Announces Bid for Florida Attorney General- Republican state Representative Frank White announced his candidacy in the open 2018 race for Florida AG. He is also the general counsel...more

Worth Another Look: The Human Services Code

The first and only “code bill” to reach the Governor’s desk this fiscal year is H.B. 59 (Moul, R-Adams), the Human Services Code bill. Although the Governor has until October 28 to sign the bill into law, he previously stated...more

NYS DOH Issues Medical Marijuana Emergency Regulations

by Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC on

On October 5, 2017, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) issued emergency regulations with respect to its medical marijuana program. Specifically, nursing homes, adult care facilities, and certain residential...more

FDA Approves Companion Dx for PD-1 Inhibitor

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

According to the American Cancer Society (“ACS”), lung cancer (both small cell and non-small cell) is the second most common cancer in both men and women (not counting skin cancer). About 14% of all new cancers are lung...more

Building a Health App? Part 5: Contracting for Health App Construction

As you take your health app from innovative idea to reality, you will be engaging in a development project that will likely entail the procurement of technology, services and perhaps even content from third parties. For...more

PTAB Declines Request to Review Method of Treating Lymphoma Claim

A Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) panel declined to institute an inter partes review (IPR) of a claim directed to a method for treating low grade B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The challenged method required patients to...more

[Webinar] Long Term Care Employment Issues That Arise in Medical Malpractice Litigation - November 15th, 12:30pm ET

by LeClairRyan on

The long term care industry is highly labor intensive with numerous employment issues that can affect success of malpractice litigation. Join attorneys Nancy Reynolds and Brian Inamine for this complimentary, live one-hour...more

BC Healthcare Restructuring Update: R CSR’s O-U-T? Less U.S. Gov’t $$ = More 11s . . . ?

by Bryan Cave on

Ok, if your attention span is anything like ours, all this wonky stuff about the ins and outs of the Affordable Care Act (or “ObamaCare,” as most of us know it) causes your eyes to glaze over and makes your mind wander to...more

Understanding FDA Guidance On Connected Medical Devices

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In the coming years, we expect to see an explosion in the number of interoperable medical devices. These are connected medical devices that have the ability to connect to different technologies and devices, even from other...more

Pro Te: Solutio - Vol. 10 No. 3 – Summer 2017

by Butler Snow LLP on

Every summer vacation (or, at least, the ability to take the weekend off!) should include a good read. Whether your preference runs toward a memoir with words of wisdom, a review of new technical advancements, issues of...more

CMS Publishes RADV Medical Reviewer Guidance

by Dentons on

In the Medicare Advantage (MA) context, "risk adjustment" is the process by which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reimburses Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs) based on demographic factors and the...more

Compulsory Licensing of Biopharmaceutical Inventions

Very few topics in international intellectual property have been as controversial as compulsory licenses. While the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) sets minimum standards for...more

Florida Nursing Home Tragedy Causes Rethinking of Disaster Preparedness

The recent tragedy in which 12 Florida nursing home residents died when the facility lost power during Hurricane Irma is causing government officials to rethink disaster planning....more

Uncle Sam should be wary in partnering with Big Pharma on cancer treatments

Is Uncle Sam launching a way to speed and improve cancer treatments so they get to patients sooner—or is Big Pharma about to fleece taxpayers, yet again? The National Institutes of Health should carefully consider its just...more

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