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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

Aetna $17.2 Million Breach Settlement Brings Lessons for Handling Health Data

by Hogan Lovells on

Aetna will pay almost $17.2 million to settle a federal class action lawsuit stemming from a 2017 mailing that disclosed the HIV status of health plan members. ...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

ML Strategies Outlook: Health Care

“We’re going to have to get back next year at entitlement reform, which is how you tackle the debt and the deficit” Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House. Happy New Year!?! - 2017 was an eventful year for health care, and...more

Opioid Litigation Over Insurance Coverage – Coming to a Jurisdiction Near You

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

A very recent appellate ruling in California provides a roadmap for opioid litigation over insurance coverage that is about to ramp up all over country. In Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of Am. v. Actavis, Inc. et al, 2017 WL...more

Three Years Later, Foley Survey Reveals Positive Prognosis for Telemedicine

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

When we launched Foley’s inaugural Telemedicine and Digital Health Survey in 2014, it was apparent that health care executives weren’t ready to make telemedicine a significant focus of their business and patient strategies....more

Big Pharma BI, CBI, and Service Interruption Claims Percolating in Puerto Rico

by Zelle LLP on

As recovery and rebuilding efforts drag on in Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria’s impact on Big Pharma is radiating across the U.S., and around the globe as the dozens of drugs manufactured in Puerto Rico become scarce. Maria...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

California Enacts Bill on Drug Pricing Transparency

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On October 9, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed into law what may be the most comprehensive prescription drug pricing transparency bill in the country. The bill, SB-17, is intended to foster transparency in...more

Health Alert (Australia) 2 Oct 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Queensland 22 September 2017 - Sarvestani v State of Queensland (Metro South Hospital and Health Service) [2017] QIRC 085 -...more

Telehealth Services in Nebraska Get a Boost

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Telehealth services are now required to be covered by health plans in the Cornhusker State. Nebraska telemedicine providers, entrepreneurs, and patients can enjoy telehealth insurance coverage, joining the national majority....more

Impact of Value-Based Health Care on the Medical Device Industry: Three Takeaways From the Case for Transformation

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Introduction: The Case for Transformation - In the world of fee-for-service health care, most medical devices were sold to hospitals or other health care providers for use in the diagnosis or treatment of patients. Except...more

Specialty Pharmacy's Antitrust Claim against Humana Fails

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On August 9, District Judge Susan Wigenton (D. NJ) issued a ruling in Prime Aid Pharmacy v. Humana, Civ. No. 16-2104, granting Humana's motion to dismiss the plaintiff's Second Amended Complaint, finding that the plaintiff...more

Vermont’s New Telemedicine Law Expands Insurance Coverage, Bans Recording

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Vermont health care providers and patients can now enjoy a revamped, and significantly improved, telehealth commercial insurance coverage law. Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed S. 50 into law on June 7, 2017, expanding...more

Reimbursement Manager Pleads Guilty for Prior Authorization Process Issues

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On Monday, June 19, 2017, Elizabeth Gurrieri became the second former employee of Insys Therapeutics (Insys) to plead guilty to federal anti-kickback charges related to the drug Subsys, an expensive fentanyl-based painkiller....more

Anthem Agrees to Pay Over $100 Million to Settle Data Breach Lawsuit: Cybersecurity Trends

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One of the most notable data breaches in recent years was the one suffered by health insurer Anthem involving the personal information of nearly 80 million individuals. It looks like they are going to pay up big to make the...more

Healthcare Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – June 2017 #3

Welcome back everybody. In general, this week insurers will submit their applications for participating in the Marketplace for 2018. After this we will begin to find out where the insurance deserts are and how much rates will...more

OIG Publishes Semiannual Report to Congress

Earlier this month, the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services (“OIG”) published its Semiannual Report to Congress covering the period from October 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017. The...more

Congress Returns for June Session to Face AHCA, User Fees and More

Congress returns from its Memorial Day recess to four full weeks of legislative activity. The drama of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) now hangs over the Senate. The House will return to its regular work once they advance...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – May 2017

We are half way through May – are we having fun yet? There is a lot of activity this week in addition to ongoing talks in the Senate regarding their version of the American Health Care Act. The reauthorization of FDA User...more

“Lone Star” Joins the Rest of Nation as Texas Passes New Telemedicine Law

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On May 12, 2017, the Texas State Legislature passed SB 1107, a law expanding the use of telemedicine in the Lone Star State. The bill is now on its way to Governor Abbot’s desk where he is expected to sign it into law....more

FCA Issues to Watch: Pharmaceutical and Device Developments | INSIDE THE FCA

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The government’s FCA enforcement efforts have continued to focus on key areas concerning the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. In fact, drug and device manufacturers accounted for nearly half of the enforcement...more

Blues Defeat Antitrust Claim by Heart Monitoring Device Maker

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On April 3, Judge Eduardo Robreno, District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, granted judgment to a collection of insurer defendants in an antitrust conspiracy case brought against them by heart monitoring...more

California Advances PBM Licensing and “Transparency” Law

Last week, the California Assembly Committee on Business and Professions voted in favor of Assembly Bill 315. AB 315 seeks to amend the California Business and Professions Code: (a) to require PBMs to obtain licensure from...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – April 2017

Welcome back everybody. While the momentum around an American Health Care Act (AHCA) comeback is unclear, there’s no discounting that efforts are ongoing to reach a consensus among House Republicans with significant pressure...more

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