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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

In 2018 Strategic Policy Roadmap, FDA Unveils Plans for 2018 Addiction, Drug Competition and Innovation Efforts

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On January 11, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its 2018 Strategic Policy Roadmap, which sheds light on the agency’s key focus areas for the year. This Roadmap builds on some of the FDA’s existing work,...more

Manatt on Health: What’s Ahead in 2018

Congress returned from recess with a large agenda for the new year. The federal government is only funded through January 19 and the next funding bill is expected to carry with it longer-term extensions of the Children’s...more

Tennessee Government Update

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The 210th General Assembly of the State of Tennessee reconvened on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, for the second year of the two-year session and the first year in their new legislative offices at the Cordell Hull Building. It is...more

“Risk Management Lessons From an Opioid Trial”

The use of opioid medications to treat pain is at a watershed moment in the United States. Over the past three decades, opioids have become a standard and effective component of pain management for many practitioners. They...more

Burr Alert: Part IV: White Collar Courier: Delivering News and Providing Guidance in White Collar Matters

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In part one of this series, I detailed how the U.S. Department of Justice has focused its attention on the aggressive investigation and prosecution of “pill mill” cases. See “Part One: DOJ Devotes Resources, Vows to Come...more

Opioid prescribing and potential liability will impact providers in Ohio and across the nation in 2018

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

Over the last year, Ohio has enacted and implemented numerous prescribing restrictions on opioid drugs for the management of acute pain in response to the nationwide opioid crisis and the proliferation of prescription...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

Comment Deadline Approaches for CMS’s Proposed Changes to Medicare Advantage and Part D Programs for CY 2019 – Part 3: Part D Drug...

by Epstein Becker & Green on

On November 28, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a proposed rule titled “Medicare Program; Contract Year 2019 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage, Medicare Cost Plan,...more

Insurance Coverage for Opioid Litigation Costs

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Pharmaceutical companies at risk of opioid-related litigation should consider whether they are covered by their insurance policy. Liability insurance coverage may be available for defense costs under Comprehensive General...more

Risk, Reward and Pain: Doctor Lessons from An Opioid Trial

Nope. No opioids here. Opioid medications continue to be in the news, as demonstrated by the recent nationwide state attorneys-general investigation. This situation only demands more attention from physicians and other...more

Education Newsletter: Volume 2 Number 1

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ARIZONA - Chandler, Arizona - In August and September reports came to light of victims of alleged hazing and sexual assault at Hamilton High School. The reported incidents were shocking. Assaults occurred between...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

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Consumer Protection- Washington Attorney General Amends Lawsuit Against Cable and Internet Provider, Alleges More Deceptive Conduct- Washington AG Bob Ferguson amended his lawsuit against cable and internet service...more

New HIPAA Guidance On Disclosure Of PHI Related To Opioid Abuse And Mental Health

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In our most recent post, the Top 5 Common HIPAA Mistakes to Avoid in 2018, we noted that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has recently published guidance on disclosing protected...more

Opioid Lawsuits | The Fight Against Prescription Pain-Killers

by The Brown Firm on

Addiction to Opioid Narcotic Drugs Spreads Throughout the Nation - Thousands of Americans have been touched by the nationwide crisis of opioid addiction. Opioids are powerful prescription medications intended to give pain...more

Stethoscopes, Handcuffs and Pain

When does managing pain become a crime? And, what can a healthcare provider do to stay out of trouble in these days of the “opioid epidemic”, new federal legislation and the criminal prosecution of doctors?...more

DOT Tackles the Opioid Crisis: Agency Issues Guidance on Regulations Adding Semi-Synthetic Opioids to Testing Panel

by Littler on

Effective January 1, 2018, employers with employees subject to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s drug-testing regulations will face new and broader testing obligations based on a Final Rule issued in November 2017....more

MDL Litigation: Class and Complex Cases to Watch in 2018

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The Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation (“MDL Panel” or “Panel”) has transferred 97 putative class actions relating to the Equifax data breach to the Northern District of Georgia, where Equifax is headquartered. Judge...more

Health Care Newsletter - December 2017

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

The Statutory Privilege against Disclosure of Mental Health Records and the Opioid Crisis - The current opioid epidemic has been declared the deadliest drug crisis in American history. According to the NIH National...more

OIG December 2017 Work Plan Update

by Baker Ober Health Law on

The OIG added six items to its Work Plan with the December 2017 update, as listed in the chart below. Interestingly, three of the new items relate to Medicaid, and two relate to the opioid epidemic. Medicare Advantage...more

Telehealth In 2017: What Changed And What's Ahead

As the U.S. shifts from a fee-for-service (FFS) system to a value-based system, health care information technology will become an increasingly important component in fostering patient engagement, coordinating care, increasing...more

You Should Know - December 2017

2017 Year of Big Reversals in Fight for Civil Justice - Normally at this time we highlight the year’s greatest victories for civil justice. Like forcing automakers to admit that they sold vehicles with exploding airbags...more

Health Care E-Note - December 2017

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In Part One of his White Collar Courier series, Adam Overstreet detailed how the U.S. Department of Justice has focused its attention on the aggressive investigation and prosecution of “pill mill” cases. In Part Two, he...more

K&L Gates Triage: 2017 Updates to the OIG’s Active Work Plan Items & Related Audit Experience

by K&L Gates LLP on

In this episode, Hilary Bowman summarizes recent updates to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) 2017 Work Plan. Specifically, she discusses OIG’s plans to investigate and audit...more

Health Update - December 2017

Part 1: Megatrends Reinventing How Patients Think - Editor’s Note: In a recent webinar for PharmaVOICE, Manatt Health revealed the megatrends reinventing the life sciences industry—and how they relate to new thinking by...more

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