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CMS Memorandum Requires Legionella Risk Reduction in Healthcare Facilities

by Holland & Knight LLP on

According to a recent review of Legionnaires' disease outbreaks, 34 percent were associated with long-term care facilities and hospitals. Patients at risk of contracting Legionnaires' disease include smokers, those with...more

Is a Hospital Liable for Staph Infections in Patients?

by Howard Ankin on

A hospital may be held liable for staph infections in patients if there are implications of negligence and medical malpractice. Since hospital staph infections are contracted by patients in numerous ways, negligence or...more

Further Opportunity to Extend Development Orders and Building Permits

by Bilzin Sumberg on

On August 4, 2017, Governor Scott extended the previously declared State of Emergency issued for the Zika Virus for the seventh time, affording holders of permits and development orders an expanded opportunity to toll the...more

FDA Offers Guidance on Streamlined Development of Treatments for Rare Bacterial Infections

by Knobbe Martens on

On August 1, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released its draft guidance titled Antibacterial Therapies for Patients With an Unmet Medical Need for the Treatment of Serious Bacterial Diseases, detailing proposals...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Issues Decision in Munn v. Hotchkiss

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On Friday, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued its long-awaited ruling in Munn v. Hotchkiss School, the case involving a private school student who contracted tick-borne encephalitis on a school-sponsored trip to China. In...more

Oportunidad adicional para extender órdenes de desarrollo y permisos de construcción

by Bilzin Sumberg on

El gobernador Scott extendió recientemente el estado de emergencia declarado en respuesta al virus del Zika, por lo que quienes cuenten con permisos u órdenes de desarrollo urbano tendrán una oportunidad aún mayor de...more

Additional Opportunity to Extend Development Orders & Building Permits

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Governor Scott recently expanded the previously declared State of Emergency issued for the Zika Virus, allowing holders of permits and development orders an even greater opportunity to toll the period remaining to exercise...more

China: Landmark Ruling on HIV Employment Discrimination

by Morgan Lewis on

A court in China finds that it is unlawful for an employer to banish an employee from the workplace due to his or her status as an infectious disease carrier....more

New CRISPR Technology May Be a Breakthrough for Low-Cost Disease Diagnostics

by Knobbe Martens on

An MIT group consisting of the CRISPR pioneer Feng Zhang and 18 of his colleagues recently published a paper in Science demonstrating a new platform for using CRISPR technology as a diagnostic tool for detecting nucleic...more

Texas Seeks to Round ‘Em Up – Zika Fears Spread

by Zelle LLP on

Texas Department of State Health Services (“DSHS”) Commissioner Dr. John Hellerstedt was quoted in an April 7, 2017 news release saying “Zika remains a significant health risk to pregnant women and their babies, and it’s only...more

Health Care E-Note - April 2017

by Burr & Forman on

An often overlooked and under publicized provision of the False Claims Act (“FCA”) is the retaliatory discharge prohibition. This is probably because retaliatory discharge claims do not grab headlines by winning multimillion...more

Additional Opportunity for Increased Extension of Building Permits and Development Orders

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Due to Governor Scott’s recent expansion of the State of Emergency issued for the Zika Virus, holders of permits and development orders have another opportunity to toll the period remaining to exercise rights under the permit...more

Health-Related Programs Face Deep Cuts In President Trump’s “Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again”

On March 16, 2017, President Trump Administration released his first budget outline for the 2018 fiscal year (FY 2018). In an effort to “shrink the role of government,” the $1.1 trillion budget proposal calls for a $54...more

Oportunidad de extender permisos y órdenes de desarrollo urbano durante casi 16 meses

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Quienes cuenten con permisos u órdenes de desarrollo urbano tienen la oportunidad de suspender el período restante para ejercer derechos en virtud del permiso u orden durante casi 16 meses. La Sección 252.363 de los Estatutos...more

WTO Appellate Body Report: Russia – Pigs (EU)

by White & Case LLP on

Decision: The WTO Appellate Body has affirmed that the Russian Federation violated its WTO obligations by imposing an EU-wide ban on live pigs and pork products, in breach of the WTO Agreement on the Application of...more

Health Alert (Australia) February 20, 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 10 February 2017 - Govier v Unitingcare Community [2017] QCA 12 - EMPLOYMENT LAW – LIABILITY AT COMMON LAW FOR INJURY –...more

ONC and OCR Issue Joint Fact Sheet on Use of PHI for Public Health Activities

Whenever fact sheets or other guidance is issued by either the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) or the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), it helps gain insight into the thinking of the...more

The 21st Century Cures Act: FDA Reforms Aim to Spur Innovation in the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Health Research Sectors

On December 13, 2016, President Obama signed into law the 21st Century Cures Act (Act), one of the most important pieces of health care and life sciences legislation in several decades. The Act is intended to spur the rapid...more

Takeaways from the Admiralty Law Institute-Maritime Law Association 50-Year Reunion

Last week, 425 admiralty and maritime lawyers, law professors, U.S. Coast Guard officers, law students, and maritime industry professionals descended on New Orleans for the Golden Rules: Tulane Admiralty Law Institute and...more

Requiring A Flu Shot Over Religious Objections: Risky Business

by Akerman LLP - Health Law Rx on

It’s flu season and many employers, particularly those in healthcare, want to require employees to be vaccinated to minimize the spread of illness. But what happens when an employee refuses on religious grounds?...more

Zika Concerns Highlight Need for Employer Planning

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

As temperatures in the Northeast cool, and the mosquito population disappears until spring, the Zika virus may no longer be on the minds of those who live and work in Pennsylvania. Given that cases of Zika continue to be...more

Zika Virus: What Do Employers Need to Know?

by K&L Gates LLP on

The spread of the Zika virus across South and Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean as well as locally acquired infections in parts of the United States, raises various issues for employers. On January 22, 2016, the...more

EPA IG's Concerns About Oversight of Hospital Disinfectants Reinforces Need for Robust Infection Control Programs

On September 19, 2016, the Inspector General (IG) for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the latest in a long line of reports identifying flaws in EPA’s process for ensuring the efficacy of hospital-grade,...more

Don’t Let Zika Bug Your Employees

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

If you are reading this from one of the 3,141 counties in the continental United States that has not yet been affected by the Zika virus, do not turn away. There is valuable information here for employers, even if you do not...more

The Employment Law Authority - July/August 2016

On June 27, 2016, in National Federation of Independent Business et al. v. Perez, et al., the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas (Lubbock Division) granted Plaintiffs’ Motion for a Preliminary ...more

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