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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

Two-Midnight Rule Update: CMS Proposes to Eliminate .2% Payment Reduction By Increasing FY 2017 IPPS Rates

Today, CMS submitted to the Federal Register (for publication on April 27th) its annual notice of proposed IPPS rates and policy changes for federal fiscal year (“FY”) 2017.  Today’s notice contains a proposal to eliminate permanently the .2% payment reduction that CMS had implemented in FY 2014 to offset a projected net increase in IPPS … 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

Healthcare Facilities Face New Rules for Disposing Pharmaceuticals

On August 31, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Administrator signed the proposed Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals rule outlining management and disposal standards for hazardous waste pharmaceuticals that are generated specifically by healthcare facilities. Additionally, this rule “clarif[ies] the regulation of the reverse distribution mechanism used by healthcare facilities for the management of … 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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