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Ohio Expands Prescriptive Authority for Certain Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

On May 17, the Ohio Board of Nursing (the Board) adopted a new formulary which expands the prescriptive authority for certain of Ohio’s advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Specifically, this new “exclusionary” formulary applies to Ohio’s certified nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and certified nurse midwives.  The new formulary was adopted pursuant to Ohio’s House … Continue Reading

House Ways and Means Committee Approves Revenue Provisions Relating to Proposed Repeal and Replacement of the Affordable Care Act

The House Ways and Means Committee approved legislation that would repeal the taxes enacted to fund the Affordable Care Act, and defer for five years the “Cadillac tax” on expensive health insurance policies. It also approved eliminating the penalty tax for not having health insurance, adopting a new refundable credit to help Americans pay for … Continue Reading

President Obama Signs 21st Century Cures Act Into Law

On December 13, 2016, President Barack Obama signed H.R. 34, the 21st Century Cures Act (the Act), into law. This sweeping healthcare law addresses the discovery, development and delivery of new drugs and medical treatments; it also includes substantial mental health reforms and assorted Medicare- and Medicaid-related provisions. The law is a product of the … Continue Reading

CMS Releases Final Rule Implementing Site Neutral Payment Rule for Hospital Outpatient Departments

On November 1, CMS released final rules implementing Section 603 of the Bipartisan Balanced Budget Act of 2015 (the Final Rule).  Section 603 effectively reduces Medicare compensation paid to certain off-campus hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) beginning January 1, 2017 by eliminating their eligibility for compensation under Medicare’s Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS).  The Final … Continue Reading

Ohio’s Attempt to Uncloak Health Care Pricing – The Yellow Brick Road to Cost Transparency

  Last legislative session, the Ohio General Assembly passed a measure in House Bill 52 requiring health care cost transparency for non-emergency services.  The new measure requires that most medical service providers provide in writing, prior to a service being rendered, “a good-faith estimate” of (1) the amount the provider will charge the patient’s health … Continue Reading

FDA Considers Regulating Refurbishers and Other Third Parties

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested comments on March 4 regarding definitions and possible regulations governing medical device refurbishers, reprocessors, and other third parties. Medical device manufacturers have the duty, under 21 C.F.R. Part 820, to provide instructions to third parties that may service or install their products.  However, manufacturers may not be able … Continue Reading

2014 Mid-Term Election Analysis

The results of this year’s mid-term election, while historic,  also raise considerable uncertainty regarding future legislative action.  What legislative initiatives can we expect to see from the Republican controlled Congress? Will President Obama and Congress work together or will Republican control of both houses result in continued gridlock?  What will happen to the ACA? To help answer … Continue Reading
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