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|Student Health Insurance Subsidies Catch Another Break|
Patricia A. Moran; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
November 14, 2016, previously published on November 1, 2016On October 21, 2016, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury (collectively, the Departments) issued a FAQ providing indefinite relief for employers who subsidize student health insurance coverage.
|CCB Rules No Jurisdiction Where Patient Declared Brain Dead|
Daphne Jarvis, Anna L. Marrison; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
November 9, 2016, previously published on November 1, 2016Every so often, we are consulted with respect to whether or not a medical team must keep a patient connected to life support at the insistence of a family, even where that patient meets the criteria for a neurological determination of death. We have consistently advised that the team may...
|CMS Releases Final CY 2017 Hospital Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgery Center Payment Rule|
Kelly A. Leahy; Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP;
November 3, 2016, previously published on November 2, 2016On November 1, 2016 CMS released its Final Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (“OPPS”)/Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Rule with Comment Period (“Final Rule”) which, among other things, addresses site-neutral payments for hospital-based outpatient departments...
|2016 Update: What Health Care Providers Need to Know Regarding Medical Marijuana in Florida|
Erin Smith Aebel, Rachel B. Goodman, Jessica Smith West; Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP;
November 3, 2016, previously published on October 18, 2016Florida has enacted laws permitting Florida licensed physicians to order medical marijuana, in the limited forms of low-THC cannabis and medical cannabis (hereinafter collectively referred to as “medical marijuana”), for their patients in compliance with state laws and regulations.
|Shut up and Save Yourself From Yourself!|
Ray Edward Richards; Richards & Associates, PLLC;
October 28, 2016, previously published on Winter 2013Useful advice for when one is approached by law enforcement.
|Reminder to Health Care Providers: Are your ACA Section 1557 Notices and Taglines Up?|
Isabelle Bibet-Kalinyak, Rick L. Hindmand; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
October 28, 2016, previously published on October 19, 2016Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in certain health programs and activities. As a reminder, under the final rule codifying Section 1557, all covered entities were required to comply with detailed...
|New California State Regulations for Cannabis Manufacturers and "Specialty Cottage" Farmers|
Neal Gidvani, Rachel K. Gillette, Joshua B. Goldstein, Lance Rogers, Phillip Silvestri; Greenspoon Marder;
October 25, 2016, previously published on October 3, 2016On Thursday, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law three bills affecting the state’s medical cannabis laws. The most significant of which will remove criminal penalties for cannabis manufacturers under Health & Safety Code § 11379.6, commonly referred to as the “meth house...
|Moving on From “Natural,” FDA Seeks Comments on What It Means to Be a “Healthy” Food|
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
October 20, 2016, previously published on October 13, 2016As it signaled it would be doing earlier this year, FDA has initiated a public process to redefine the implied nutrient content claim “healthy” when it is used on food labels and labeling. In addition, while the process is underway, the Agency intends to exercise enforcement discretion...
|Ontario Reintroduces Patients First Act, 2016 with Important Changes|
Meghan Lindo, Lydia Wakulowsky; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
October 20, 2016, previously published on October 13, 2016On October 6, 2016, the Ontario Legislature reintroduced the Patients First Act, 2016 as Bill 41. Bill 41 is very similar to its predecessor, Bill 210, which was introduced in June 2016, but makes some important changes to the previous bill.
|Homeopathic Products Under Renewed Scrutiny Following FDA’s Consumer Warnings|
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
October 20, 2016, previously published on October 17, 2016Last week, following up on a more general warning issued on September 30, FDA alerted the public that it had received at least 10 reports of baby deaths associated with the use of homeopathic teething products, as well as over 400 other adverse event reports over the past six years (since a 2010...