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UK publishes paper on Brexit and medicines regulation

by Hogan Lovells on

On the same day as the European Council voted to move the European Medicines Agency (EMA) from London to Amsterdam, the UK Parliament issued a briefing paper on Brexit and medicines regulation. ...more

HHS Secretary Nominee Azar to Face Senate HELP Committee after Thanksgiving

by Reed Smith on

President Trump has nominated Alex Azar to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, which would fill the vacancy created when Tom Price, MD resigned the post in September. Mr. Azar, an attorney who previously served in...more

Hospitals & Physician Organizations Summary Report - November 2017

by Benesch on

Uncertainty and pressures continue to mount for healthcare providers, creating a new operating environment – Uncertainty around Medicaid and other programs, the shift to value-based care, margin pressures, the need to search...more

Medicaid Forecast: Slower Enrollment Growth and Higher Spending Growth for FY 2017 – 2018: Results from a 50-State Medicaid Budget...

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On October 19, Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Management Associates hosted a joint briefing to release their 17th Annual 50-State Medicaid Budget Survey for state fiscal years (FY) 2017 and 2018. The survey highlights...more

Legislative Session Primer: Governor Holcomb's Agenda and Study Committee Recommendations

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The legislative season will officially get underway on Tuesday, November 21 when the Indiana General Assembly convenes at the Statehouse for its annual Organization Day. Two newly elected state representatives will be sworn...more

Proposed Tax Reform Legislation Would Increase Financing Costs for Issuers of Tax-Exempt Bonds

by Miller Canfield on

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed its Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “House Bill”), and while much of the national media has focused on its impact on corporate and individual tax rates and deductions, the bill also...more

The 340B Drug Pricing Program: New CMS Final Rule Draws a Motion for Preliminary Injunction from Hospital Groups

On November 13, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final rule, “Medicare Program: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting...more

Beltway Buzz - November, 2017 #3

Tax Bill or Health Bill? It’s Two Bills in One! Caught in a legislative black hole, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) cannot escape efforts to eradicate it—or at least large chunks of it. ...more

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap - It was back to business as usual this week in Harrisburg, as the Senate returned for three days of voting session. While not in session, the House of Representatives was also busy, holding some public...more

CHIP Reauthorization Stalls in Congress, Increasing Fiscal Pressure on States

by Baker Donelson on

Reauthorization of federal funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has stalled in Congress due to partisan disagreements over fiscal offsets. The delay in the extension of federal funding has put...more

With December Deadlines Approaching, Congress Considers Another Continuing Resolution

by Baker Donelson on

With less than a month remaining before the December 8 deadline for adopting an appropriations deal and the December 15 deadline to lift the debt ceiling, it is increasingly likely that Congress will once again pass a...more

Affordable Care Act Initially Fades from Spotlight; Reemerges in Senate Republicans' Latest Tax Proposal

by Baker Donelson on

After dominating the agenda for most of 2017, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) seemed to take a backseat at first as Republicans shifted their focus to enacting tax legislation. The initial momentum behind the bipartisan...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- Democrat Justin Nelson Launches Campaign for Texas Attorney General- Democrat Justin Nelson declared his candidacy for Texas AG seeking to unseat incumbent Republican AG Ken Paxton, who is running for...more

Obamacare Fight Spurs Executive Actions and Legislative Proposal

by Burr & Forman on

The last 30 days have seen efforts by both the executive and legislative branches to improve conditions in the health care insurance markets with the goal of making health insurance more accessible and affordable. Please...more

House and Senate Tax Reform Bills May End Fringe Benefits Frequently Used to Satisfy Wage Parity Act Requirements

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

On November 9, 2017, the House Ways and Means Committee approved H.R. 1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”, which is anticipated to go before the House for a vote later this week. The same day, Senate Finance Committee Chairman...more

ACA Risk Corridors Update: Trump Administration Releases 2016 Amounts, Paving the Way for Litigation Over Amounts Owed

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On November 13, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its Risk Corridors payment and charge amounts for the 2016 benefit year. This event is significant in that it both acknowledges and quantifies...more

Potential Impact of House Tax Reform Bill on Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Organizations

On November 2, 2017, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled their tax reform bill (the “Bill”), entitled the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” The Bill proposes significant changes to the current U.S. federal income...more

Tax-Exempt Hospitals & Other Tax-Exempt Healthcare Organizations Not Immune from Federal Tax Reform

As federal tax reform efforts proceed rapidly in both chambers of Congress, tax-exempt hospitals and other tax-exempt healthcare organizations are facing major potential changes. New tax burdens on tax-exempt organizations...more

Congressional Tax Bills Threaten Tax-Exempt Bonds for Non-Profit Hospitals

by Miller Canfield on

As the Senate continues to work to modify the House version of a sweeping tax reform bill, non-profit hospitals face having to pay higher interest rates to borrow if certain types of tax-exempt bonds are eliminated. The...more

Senate, House Tax Reform Bills at Odds on Tax Exempt Bonds for Nonprofit Organizations, Including Health Care

by Polsinelli on

On November 9, the Senate released the Joint Committee on Taxation, Description of the Chairman’s Mark of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” which summarizes the Senate’s version of a “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” bill (the “Senate...more

President’s Opioid Commission Issues Final Recommendations: Implications for Health Care Stakeholders

by K&L Gates LLP on

In late October, President Trump declared the nation’s opioid addiction crisis a public health emergency. Less than a week later, the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis (the “Commission”)...more

Appeals Court Strikes Down Emergency Stay in Generator Case

Florida’s First District Court of Appeal issued a response to Florida Argentum’s motion filed last week and determined that an “automatic stay” of the Division of Administrative Hearings’ Final Order invalidating Emergency...more

Bill 27: Expansion of the Conflicts of Interest Act to Public Agencies

by Field Law on

Bill 27 passed first reading in the Alberta Legislature on November 8, 2017. If passed, the legislation will amend the Conflicts of Interest Act (the "Act"), and expand its coverage to include public agencies, boards and...more

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

It’s all about tax reform in Congress. This week, the House will be working on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and advancing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which will go before the House Rules Committee on...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

The year-end schedules of the Senate HELP and Finance committees just became more clogged, as the two panels will lead the review of President Trump’s nominee to be Health & Human Services (HHS) secretary. Trump announced...more

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