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Health Care : Helpful Hints – March 2018

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Alabama Data Breach Notification Act - On March 1, 2018, the Alabama Senate voted for passage of Senate Bill 318,the Alabama Data Breach Notification Act, by a vote of 24-0. The bill is now being considered by the Alabama...more

You Should Know - March 2018

The Opioid Crisis: America Fights Back! The use and abuse of prescription painkillers has reached record levels in the United States. Another record? Pharmaceutical company profits. As the death toll from opioid overdose...more

Is the Opioid Problem Worse Than You Think?

Suffering of Addiction CDC Issues Report That Says Overdoses Are Rising in US The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s March 2018 issue of Vital Signs addresses the opioid epidemic in America and cites statistics that...more

2018 Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar Highlights

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

On February 23, 2018, the Miles & Stockbridge Labor, Employment, Benefits & Immigration practice group presented its annual Hot Topics in Employment Law seminar to an audience of nearly three hundred clients and members of...more

Better Healthcare Newsletter from Patrick Malone - March 2018

No way around it: Pain, which accompanies so many diseases and injuries, demands attention. But recent attempts to ease chronic pain with powerful prescription narcotics have gone wrong, horribly so. Big Pharma’s...more

Ohio Board of Pharmacy releases proposed rules on pain management and office-based opioid treatment clinics

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy recently issued a number of proposed rule sets for public comment. Notably included were new rules on the operation of office-based opioid treatment (OBOT) clinics and rules governing the...more

The Truth About Opioid Addiction — Big Pharma Exposed

U.S. Attorney General Creates Task force To Address Epidemic - The opioid crisis in America exists because both the illegal and prescription forms of the drug are highly addictive and commonly abused....more

Canada: SCC in Stewart v. Elk Valley, Upholds Employer's 'No Free Accident' Alcohol and Drug Policy

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On June 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada released a landmark decision in Stewart v Elk Valley Coal Corp. (2017 SCC 30), reinforcing the right of employers to take proactive risk mitigation and management measures through...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - February 2018

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According to the Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report, as of the February 10, 2018 week’s end, influenza activity remained elevated across the United States. The 2017-2018 flu season has been intense – so much so that...more

K&L Gates Triage: Opioid Epidemic: Recent HIPAA Guidance – What Does It Mean?

by K&L Gates LLP on

In the second episode of our series on the national opioid crisis, Gina Bertolini discusses the overlay of recent guidance concerning privacy laws such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and...more

Top Developments in Canadian Employment Law in 2017

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With 2017 in our rear-view mirror and with 2018 now upon us, it is time to reflect on the top developments in Canadian employment law in 2017. The following cases represent a cross-section of the most significant employment...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – February 2018 #3

This week, Congress is back in session and will continue its role in addressing the opioid epidemic. While fighting the epidemic is going to be a top priority in Congress this work period, a renewed push for gun control and...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

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CONGRESS RECONVENES WITH FOCUS ON OPIOID LEGISLATION - Congress reconvenes today after a weeklong recess, and a House subcommittee is scheduled to begin a series of hearings focusing on bipartisan efforts to combat the opioid...more

Opioid Fraud and Abuse as a Compliance Risk Area

by Ruder Ware on

The opioid epidemic is different than other drug related social problems because, in many cases, addiction to opioids starts in the medical office or in the pharmacy; in most cases through the treatment of legitimate physical...more

Opioid Litigation Landslide – Are Physicians And Hospitals The Next Targets?

by Dickinson Wright on

Our nation is beset by an opioid epidemic that is colossal in scope and devastating in effect. The human and economic toll of this plague is stunning. Every day, more than 100 Americans die from an opioid overdose....more

Senate report assails Big Pharma for payments to patient groups for opioid-friendly messaging

A U.S. Senate Committee has ripped Big Pharma for making millions of dollars in pernicious payments to patient advocacy groups, so they could legitimize and assist in promoting powerful prescription painkillers, a practice...more

House Subcommittees Discuss The Impacts Of Opioids In The Workplace

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Today the House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pension and the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a joint hearing on how the opioid epidemic is affecting workplaces and communities. Members heard about...more

Big Pharma firm, under fire in drug abuse epidemic, scales back opioid’s hype

Purdue Pharma, which built a multi-billion-dollar family empire, in part, by overcoming doctors’ resistance to prescribing powerful painkillers like its own powerhouse OxyContin, has decided to curb its quarter-century of...more

2018 Benefits Grab Bag - Tax Reform, Bipartisan Budget Act and Other Items

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Even though the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made some changes to how the Internal Revenue Service (the “Service”) is to adjust retirement plan contribution limits late last year, the Service confirmed that the limits on retirement...more

House Committees To Hold Joint Hearing On Drugs At Work

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

The impact of drug use on workplace safety has been an increasingly difficult challenge for employers. This week, two congressional subcommittees will explore the issue....more

CMS Considers 7-Day Limit on Initial Opioid Prescriptions under Part D

In a Draft Call Letter issued February 1, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it is considering a number of new strategies to address opioid overutilization within the Medicare Part D...more

OIG January 2018 Work Plan Update

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The OIG added six new items to its Work Plan with the January 2018 update, as listed in the chart below. Consistent with prior Work Plan missives, the OIG continues to focus its efforts on reducing prescription opioid misuse....more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Petition Submitted for Citizen Initiative to Add New Tax to Fund Homecare Services - On January 26, the Maine People's Alliance (MPA) submitted a petition to the Secretary of State's office that, if certified, would put a...more

Opioid Epidemic Spurs Increase in Drug Testing, Risks for Employers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Department of Transportation (DOT) recently added four drugs at the heart of the nation's opioid epidemic to its drug testing panels: hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone and oxymorphone—the central ingredients in such...more

Corporate E-Note - January 2018

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In an article published in the current issue of IndustryToday, Birmingham attorney Miya Moore expands on the need for manufacturers to engage in disaster preparedness to ensure business continuity. Many manufacturers are...more

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