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2018 Legislative Session –A Sampling of Health Related Bills Filed

The 2018 Florida Legislative Session began its 60 day trek to completion on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Both House and Senate will be debating various health related bills which may be of interest to healthcare providers in...more

Trump Administration Unveils Its First Bundled Payment Initiative — BPCI Advanced

by Reed Smith on

The Trump Administration has rolled out its first CMS Innovation Center Medicare bundled payment initiative, the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced). Under the new voluntary model, CMS will test...more

ACA Litigation Update: Will More Insurers File CSR Lawsuits in 2018?

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On October 12, 2017, the Trump administration announced that it would immediately stop making cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidy payments under Section 1402 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). CSRs allowed — and in fact...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

New Tax Overhaul and Government Funding Measures: What's in It for Health Care?

by Baker Ober Health Law on

In the week before Christmas, Congress approved and President Trump signed into law the final Republican tax overhaul bill. While primarily focused on individual and business tax cuts and reform, the new tax bill taking...more

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

The shutdown countdown feels more real this time. Congress now has four days to hash out a spending deal that avoids a government shutdown. A deal could include any number of legislative priorities. DACA talks were...more

Finance Committee Advances HHS Secretary Nominee Azar

by Reed Smith on

On January 17, 2018, the Senate Finance Committee voted to advance the nomination of Alex Azar to be Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) by a vote of 15-12. The nomination now moves to the full Senate....more

Trump Administration: 2017 Recap and 2018 Outlook

On January 20, 2017, businessman Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States following a contentious and unconventional 2016 presidential election. Republicans also successfully maintained control...more

Four-Term Governor Jerry Brown: One Last Budget

This week, California Governor Jerry Brown, beginning the final year of his unprecedented four terms as governor, unveiled his 16th and last state budget proposal, which projects a $6.1 billion surplus, mostly a result of...more

2018 California Public Agency Laws – Part III - Cannabis, LAFCO Law and a Round Up of Other New Laws Impacting Public Agencies

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Legislature was busy in 2017, which means plenty of laws passed in Sacramento that will impact public agencies. In this three-part series, Best Best & Krieger LLP gives a comprehensive summary of the new laws...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

House Republicans will gather tonight for a GOP-only meeting to plot strategy on passing a stopgap budget bill, but a breakdown among key senators on separate immigration legislation has elevated the risk of a government...more

2018 New York Legislative Session Preview

by Dentons on

New York State legislators made their annual return to Albany for the start of the 2018 legislative session with no shortage of issues to deal with. The state is facing its first major budget crunch since Governor Andrew...more

General Report from the Iowa Statehouse

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

This week the second session of the 87th Iowa General Assembly convened and is scheduled to last 100 days. However, the Republicans, which are the majority party in both chambers, made it clear that they are aiming to adjourn...more

Rather Than Ending Medical Expense Deduction, Final Tax Bill Expands It

Included in the new tax bill, signed by President Trump on December 22, is a provision that could provide some temporary relief for families with high medical expenses....more

Tax Reform: What Does the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Mean for the Healthcare Industry?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Act”) was signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 22, 2017. The Act changes many provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, from individual and business provisions, to...more

Azar’s Nomination Hearing Highlights Medicare Negotiation of Part B Drug Prices

On January 9th, the Senate Committee on Finance conducted its nomination hearing of Alex Michael Azar II, President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services. Under President George W. Bush, Mr. Azar served...more

2017 Tax Reform and Its Effects on Healthcare

by Dickinson Wright on

Over the past decade, the Healthcare Industry has been accustom to being center stage in political debates, but while medical providers and facilities did not have a prominent role in the latest political drama, the far...more

2018 Georgia Legislative Session Preview

by Dentons on

After clearing the cobwebs from the General Assembly's levers of power, Georgia lawmakers arriving in Atlanta today will find no shortage of thorny propositions awaiting them: budget priorities, rural development and...more

Issue 117: DOL Issues Proposed Rules On Association Health Plans

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

This is the one hundred and seventeenth issue in our series of alerts for employers on selected topics on health care reform. This series of Health Care Reform Management Alerts is designed to provide an in-depth analysis...more

Vermont Legislative Update 1-5-18 - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team

The merger between the Department of Labor and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development as proposed by the Scott Administration is off the table, but work that was spawned by consideration of the idea has gathered...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

With less than two weeks before another deadline to avert a government shutdown, Republican leaders on Capitol Hill say they’re cautiously optimistic about crafting a budget agreement that also would include several key...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

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Second Regular Session of the 128th Legislature Convenes - On January 3, 2018, the Second Regular Session of the 128th Maine Legislature convened to begin its review of more than 400 bills. Some of the larger issues facing...more

[Event] 4th Annual West Coast Ambulatory Surgery Center Seminar - March 7th, Los Angeles, CA

by Nossaman LLP on

Please join Nossaman LLP and the California Ambulatory Surgery Association (CASA) on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 for the 4th Annual West Coast Ambulatory Surgery Center Seminar in Los Angeles. During this one-day program,...more

Department of Labor Issues Proposed Rules Expanding Access to Association Health Plans

On October 12, 2017 President Trump issued an Executive Order concerning a number of health plan market initiatives. One of the items included in the Executive Order was a directive to the Secretary of Labor to issue proposed...more

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