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CMS Continues to Focus Medicare Plans on Preventing Opioid Abuse

As we highlighted earlier this month, CMS released both the Contract Year 2019 Final Rules for Medicare Advantage and Part D (Final Rules) and the 2019 Call Letter. These documents are not typically released at the same time,...more

Alston & Bird Healthcare Week in Review

by Alston & Bird on

Alston & Bird’s Week in Review provides a synopsis of the latest news in health care regulations, notices, and guidance; federal legislation and Congressional committee action; reports, studies, and analyses; and other health...more

Head of FDA Calls on Doctors, Internet-Service Providers To Join Opioid Fight

Painkillers Prescribed Haphazardly While Online Sales Soar - One of the reasons the nation’s opioid crisis has spun out of control could be the fact that doctors are not trained universally in the field of pain management....more

Health Care Enforcement Quarterly Roundup - April 2018

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Over the past 18 months, we have closely monitored the Trump administration’s approach to health care enforcement issues, with a particular focus on whether prosecution of the False Claims Act (FCA) remains a priority under...more

Minnesota Legislative Update: Opioid Crisis Top of Mind as Third Committee Deadline Nears

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The Minnesota Legislature, returning from Easter/Passover break, turned its attention to assembling omnibus supplemental budgets. With the third committee deadline approaching, the Legislature has one week to assemble these...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

HOUSE PANEL TO QUESTION GOTTLIEB ON FDA BUDGET - Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb will testify Tuesday before a House appropriations subcommittee on his agency’s fiscal 2019 budget – which...more

Organizations Making a Difference in Safety and Management: BevCap - Part I

by Fisher Phillips on

I wish that time permitted us to write more often about the good work done by various groups to improve workplace safety and management. Notable examples include AGC –National and numerous state AGC-Chapters, the National...more

Big Pharma Feels the Pain of Opioid Litigation

by Sands Anderson PC on

Few would dispute that the opioid epidemic is of crisis proportion. In 2016, there were more than 63,600 drug overdose deaths in the United States from opioid pain medicines, including hydrocodone (Vicodin & Lortab),...more

This Week in Congress: April 2018 #2

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The House and Senate convene today at noon and 3 p.m., respectively. House - Bills Under Consideration. April 17 is Tax Day, and the House has lined up a series of votes on bills related to IRS reform. Most of these...more

Star Ratings and Future Measurement Concepts in the CY 2019 Final Call Letter

Medicare Part C and Part D Star Ratings are used by CMS to measure the quality of and reflect the experiences of beneficiaries in Medicare Advantage (“MA”) and Prescription Drug Plans (“PDPs”). Below is a summary of CMS’...more

Can Surgeon General Advisory Affect Opioid Overdoses?

Jerome Adams Calls on Communities To ‘Be Prepared’ and ‘Save A Life’ The opioid epidemic in America is so out of hand that the U.S. surgeon general’s office has issued an advisory: “Be prepared. Get naloxone. Save a life.”...more

A Renewed Focus: 2018-19 New York State Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Budget Highlights

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Since the beginning of the administration of Governor Andrew Cuomo, there has been a strong emphasis on reform of the acute, primary, and long term care systems, and, particularly with the recent focus on the opioid crisis,...more

Top 5 DOT Policy Fixes For 2018

There have been many significant regulatory changes at the U.S. Department of Transportation, as well as issues at the state level that affect employers of workers who are subject to DOT requirements. In 2015, the most...more

Changes for Telemedicine Policies in New Proposed Opioid Legislation

by Baker Donelson on

Key committees in Congress continue to work toward legislative responses to the opioid abuse problem. Several of the proposals under consideration include changes to telemedicine policies. Given broad interest in the opioid...more

Collection and destruction of controlled substances recovered from hospital patients and visitors

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

The national opioid crisis has led politicians and law enforcement to increase their focus on the regulation of controlled substances. Hospitals and other facilities should ensure that they are compliant with DEA rules on not...more

Window On Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 14

by Clark Hill PLC on

Outlook for This Week in the Nation's Capital Congress Returns Today. Congress comes back to Washington today after a two-week recess period for the Easter and Passover holidays and is scheduled to have a busy week....more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

CONGRESS RECONVENES, WITH A FOCUS ON OPIOIDS - Lawmakers return today to Capitol Hill after a two-week recess, and multiple committees in both the House and Senate are poised to examine the opioid crisis and potential...more

Opioid Crisis Proposals and Funding

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Opioid Funding Overview - In 2016, through the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and the 21st Century Cures Act, Congress authorized roughly $1.4 billion in spending to combat the opioid crisis....more

The three-day rule for treating acute withdrawal symptoms

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

Generally, federal law requires practitioners to obtain a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) registration or a waiver from the DEA registration to use narcotics to treat opioid addiction. ...more

Responding to the Opioid Crisis and More:  2018-19 New York State Behavioral Health Budget Highlights

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Several provisions in the recently adopted 2018-19 New York State Budget (the “Enacted Budget”) are intended to address the ongoing opioid crisis. As discussed in a prior post, some were focused on pharmaceutical...more

Certification requirements for Ohio OTPs

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

Health care providers who address and treat addiction are frontline responders to the crisis that sees opioid overdose deaths rising across the country....more

New HHS Advisors Appointed to Develop Strategy on Drug Pricing, Opioid Policy

by Reed Smith on

HHS Secretary Alex Azar has appointed two advisors to help advance Department strategy to address prescription drug pricing and the opioid crisis. Daniel M. Best, the new Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Drug Pricing...more

The alarming cost of opiates in the workplace and what you can do about it

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

The direct and indirect costs associated with employees’ use of drugs, including opiates, are alarming. According to the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, impaired workers are...more

Prescriber rules for opioids

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On March 30, 2017, Ohio Governor John Kasich issued a policy statement imposing new limits on prescribing opiates, which became effective August 31, 2017. ...more

Liability risks at every port along the opiate stream

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

Legal liability associated with the ever-evolving opiate epidemic is continually changing and expanding. Initially, the focus was on internet pharmacies for their dispensing activities....more

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