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|Registration Begins for American Telemedicine Association’s New Accreditation of Online Medical Services|
Ellen L. Janos, Sarah Beth Smith; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
February 19, 2015, previously published on December 19, 2014The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) is now accepting limited registrations for organizations that wish to gain ATA’s seal of approval for online medical services. Registration for the newAccreditation Program for Online Patient Consultations (Accreditation Program) opened on December...
|Medical Marijuana: Constitutional Amendment Language Filed with the Department of State for the Voting Ballot in 2016|
Sarah Logan Mancebo; GrayRobinson, P.A.;
February 18, 2015, previously published on January 13, 2015Proponents of the November 2014 constitutional ballot that would have legalized euphoric medical marijuana to treat certain debilitating medical conditions are making a second attempt to legalize medical marijuana in Florida.
|Hydraulic Fracturing Ban in
Daniel Garcia, Michael J. Hammond; Leech Tishman;
February 18, 2015, previously published on December 21, 2014Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York announced last week that his administration is implementing a regulation permanently banning hydraulic fracturing throughout the state due to health concerns. This action effectively ends a temporary moratorium on the practice that has been in place since 2008. New...
|Trouble with Tylenol®: Even common OTC Medication Should Be Taken With Care|
Carmen S. Scott; Motley Rice;
February 18, 2015, previously published on December 19, 2014When the risk of severe, potentially deadly skin reactions is found in association with one of the most widely used over-the-counter medications, you would think that warning the public would be a priority. But a year and a half after publishing an initial consumer update on the risk, the FDA is...
|ACA Cadillac Tax: Essential Issue for 2015 Labor Contract Negotiations|
Scott M. Wich; Clifton Budd & DeMaria, LLP;
February 18, 2015As the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) continues to be rolled out, a costly mandate looms on the not-so-distant horizon. Beginning in 2018, the so-called “Cadillac tax” will be implemented for high-value health plans. Despite the significance of the tax, many employers remain...
|Health Care E-lert -- Proposed Telemedicine Bill Filed in the Senate|
February 18, 2015On January 22, 2015, two Senators filed a telemedicine bill that could help expand telemedicine in Florida. The proposed bill provides hope to telemedicine supporters that a bill may pass in 2015. Lawmakers considered several proposed bills in 2014; however, they were unable to reach agreement and...
|Health Care Arbitration|
Sara Donnersbach; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.;
February 18, 2015, previously published on January 22, 2015In a recent wrongful death action claiming negligence by a nursing home, the 8th District Court of Appeals found that the trial court erred in staying the action and assigning the dispute to arbitration, reasoning that the decedent's mother had apparent authority to bind the decedent to a contract...
|ITC Issues Final Determination And Remedial Orders In Certain Sleep-Disordered Breathing Treatment Systems (337-TA-890)|
Eric W. Schweibenz; Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.;
February 18, 2015, previously published on December 30, 2014On December 23, 2014, the International Trade Commission (the "Commission") issued a notice determining that a Section 337 violation has occurred in Certain Sleep-Disordered Breathing Treatment Systems and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-890). The Commission also issued a limited...
|CMS’s Proposed Changes to the MSSP Aim to Grow Two-Sided Risk Models and Modify Processes for Evaluating and Facilitating Care Coordination|
Lauren M. Moldawer, M. Daria Niewenhous, Andrew Shin, Stephanie Willis; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
February 18, 2015, previously published on December 9, 2014The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published long-awaited changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). The official version of the proposed rule (the Proposed Rule), released December 8th, 2014, makes numerous technical changes, but also provides more insight into...
|Rite Aid Pharmacy Chain Settles Whistleblower Case with the United States Government|
Sarah Logan Mancebo; GrayRobinson, P.A.;
February 18, 2015, previously published on December 9, 2014Rite Aid Corporation (“Rite Aid”) paid the United States government nearly $3 million to settle claims alleging it violated the False Claims Act between 2008 and 2010 for knowingly and improperly exerting undue influence on the decisions of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. According...