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|CMS Issues Rule Proposing New Approach to Paying Clinicians for Value and Quality|
Erin Smith Aebel, Jenifer A. Belt, Ronald A. Christaldi, Kelly A. Leahy; Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP;
May 30, 2016, previously published on May 4, 2016On April 16, 2015, President Obama signed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (“MACRA”). Among other things, MACRA: 1) repealed the Sustainable Growth Rate that was applicable to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, and 2) combined parts of the Physician Quality...
|Recent Settlements and Upcoming Audits Highlight the Continuing Need to Focus on Core HIPAA Compliance Measures|
Calvin B. Cal Marshall; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
May 27, 2016, previously published on May 17, 2016Recent settlements and initiatives conducted by the Office for Civil Rights ("OCR") at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services highlight the continuing need for focus on compliance with the privacy and security requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability...
|IVC Filters Can Cause Dangerous Complications|
Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos A Professional Corporation;
May 27, 2016, previously published on May 5, 2016IVC filters are inserted into the inferior vena cava vein—the largest in the human body—in order to prevent blood clots from moving to a patient’s vital organs. When implanted and maintained properly, both permanent and retrievable filters can reduce the risk of pulmonary embolism...
|FTC Launches Interactive Tool to Assist Mobile Health Application Developers|
Mark L. Mattioli; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
May 26, 2016, previously published on May 9, 2016Adding to the guidance for mobile health application developers, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently launched a new web-based Mobile Health Application Interactive Tool. The tool is designed to aid mobile app developers in understanding various federal laws and regulations that might apply...
|The Cole-Bishop Amendment to the Agricultural Appropriations Bill Amending the Grandfather Date for "Deemed" Tobacco Products Passes House Committee - What Next?|
Azim Chowdhury, Samantha L. Dietle; Keller and Heckman LLP;
May 26, 2016, previously published on April 29, 2016On April 19, 2016, the House Appropriations Committee voted to include a bipartisan amendment, sponsored by Rep. Tom Cole (R - OK) and Rep. Sanford Bishop (D - GA), to the 2017 fiscal year Agricultural Appropriations bill that would amend the February 15, 2007 "grandfather date" for...
|Court Orders Health Canada to issue a Product Licence Application for a Natural Health Product|
Adrian J. Howard, Beverley Moore, Chantal Saunders; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
May 26, 2016, previously published on April 28, 2016The Plaintiff Winning Combination sought a Product Licence Application (PLA) for its natural health product RESOLVE, a smoking cessation aid. The Natural and Non-Prescription Health Products Directorate and its predecessor in Health Canada was said to have made two rejections: the first was a...
|Introduction to Ontario’s Community Hubs Strategic Framework and Action Plan|
Brennan M. Carroll, Webnesh Haile, Nick G. Pasquino; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
May 26, 2016, previously published on April 22, 2016 The concept of multiple organizations sharing space and resources is not a new one. Since 2015, however, the Ontario government has expressed a new dedication to fostering these collaborations as a key element of the cost-efficient and effective delivery of services to Ontario's diverse...
|New Connecticut Statute Restricts Physician Non-Compete Agreements|
Clifford R. Atlas, Edward M. Richters, Erik J. Winton; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
May 26, 2016, previously published on May 6, 2016The Connecticut General Assembly has passed a bill that establishes significant new restrictions on physician non-compete agreements in the state. The governor is expected to sign the bill (Senate Bill 351, as amended) soon.
|Decisions by Hospital Committees Can Be Reviewed by the Courts|
Kirsten Crain; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
May 26, 2016, previously published on April 28, 2016The Divisional Court has held that decisions of hospital committees can be subject to judicial review by the courts. If committee decisions are not reasonable, or if the process they follow is not procedurally fair, the courts can intervene.
|Pennsylvania Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Act|
Ashley R. Hileman, Lisa M. Schonbeck; Leech Tishman;
May 20, 2016, previously published on May 4, 2016On April 17, 2016, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed SB 3, the Medical Marijuana Act (the “Act”), into law. The Act will be effective May 17, 2016, and will have implications for employers with employees who become certified medical marijuana patients.