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HTMLHealth Care Congressional Outlook for the June Work Period
Eli Greenspan, Alexander Hecht, Rodney Whitlock; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 23, 2016, previously published on June 6, 2016
The next six weeks are shaping up to be the final work period before the summer recess, with both chambers scheduled to leave DC by July 15th for party conventions followed by the August recess. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), appropriations, and Puerto Rico will take up the...

 

HTMLIllinois Joins the Fray: Strengthens its Laws Around Data Breach Notification and Data Security
Michael Katz, Cynthia J. Larose, Julia M. Siripurapu; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 22, 2016, previously published on June 14, 2016
Sophisticated phishing scams and muscular hacking efforts continue to compromise personal and sensitive information held by insurers, hospital systems, and businesses large and small. In response, many states have strengthened their data breach notification and have enacted data security laws to...

 

HTMLOTC Drug Regulatory Paradigm Open to Stakeholder Feedback Until July 10
Joanne S. Hawana; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 22, 2016, previously published on June 14, 2016
Continuing a discussion that began in 2014, on June 10, 2016 FDA hosted a public meeting on the potential development of a user fee program for OTC (over-the-counter, or nonprescription) drug products marketed pursuant to the Agency’s monograph system. Agency leader Dr. Janet Woodcock wrote...

 

HTMLLegislation to Reduce Consumer Cost-Sharing Takes a Back Burner in the Drug Pricing Debate
Carrie A. Roll; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 22, 2016, previously published on June 9, 2016
As discussed in our recent post, states have turned up the heat on drug companies through both legislation and voter initiatives that would require drug companies to disclose their pricing mechanisms for certain high-cost drugs. Prior to this recent slate of drug pricing legislation and initiatives...

 

HTMLThe Department of Labor’s 2016 Final Fiduciary and Conflict of Interest Regulations: The Principal Transactions Exemption
Alden J. Bianchi, Steve Ganis; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 22, 2016, previously published on June 13, 2016
This post continues our examination of the Department of Labor’s suite of final fiduciary and conflict of interest regulations. Our prior posts discussed the newly expanded definition of “investment advice fiduciary” and the “best interest contract” (or BIC) exemption....

 

HTMLAs Affordable Care Act Enforcement Looms, Some Lessons Learned From Massachusetts
Patricia A. Moran; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 22, 2016, previously published on June 8, 2016
As the ACA audit era approaches, many employers are wondering: what will happen? What sorts of documentation will the IRS request? What industries will be targeted? And what can employers do to prepare? In this post, I discuss what employers might expect based on my experience with audits under the...

 

HTMLDOJ and NC File Antitrust Suit Challenging Anti-Steering Restrictions in Payor Contracts
Dionne C. Lomax, Bruce D. Sokler; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 21, 2016, previously published on June 10, 2016
A popular weapon used to contain health care expenditures is the creation by payors and employers of tiered provider networks, which by differentiated co-pays attempt to steer insureds to less expensive choices. In connection with such networks, providers will often provide better pricing in order...

 

HTMLSupreme Court Makes It Harder for Willful Infringers to Escape Punishment
Sandra J. Badin, Richard G. Gervase, Michael T. Renaud, James Wodarski; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 21, 2016, previously published on June 14, 2016
The Supreme Court has made it easier for patent owners to prove willful infringement and entitlement to enhanced damages. In a unanimous opinion issued yesterday in a pair of cases decided together, Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc. and Stryker Corporation v. Zimmer, Inc., the Court...

 

HTMLGet Ready for those HIPAA Audits - New Audit Protocol (and a Mintz Tool!)
Dianne J. Bourque, Jordan T. Cohen, Cynthia J. Larose; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 21, 2016, previously published on April 20, 2016
At long last, the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has released a revamped audit protocol that now addresses the requirements of the 2013 Omnibus Final Rule. OCR will be using the audit protocol for its impending Phase 2 audits of covered entities and business...

 

HTMLSenate Appropriations Bill Targets FDA Rulemaking Agenda
Joanne S. Hawana, Sam Rothbloom; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 21, 2016, previously published on June 8, 2016
The Senate Appropriations Committee is looking to tinker with the Food and Drug Administration’s rulemaking agenda through its fiscal year 2017 funding bill for the Department of Agriculture and FDA (S. 2956). Passed unanimously by the committee last month, the bill would give FDA marching...

 


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