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Senate Overwhelmingly Clears Bipartisan Opioid Package

Nearly three months following House passage of a legislative proposal related to America’s opioid epidemic, the Senate overwhelmingly cleared its own comprehensive, bipartisan package to address the crisis. On Monday, September 17, senators replaced the House-passed text with a substitute amendment and approved The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 (H.R. 6) by a vote … Continue Reading

FCC COMMENCES INQUIRY ON ESTABLISHING $100-MILLION TELEHEALTH PILOT PROGRAM

FCC COMMENCES INQUIRY ON ESTABLISHING $100M TELEHEALTH PILOT PROGRAM On August 2, 2018, The Federal Communications Commission has unanimously approved a Notice of Inquiry (“NOI”) to establish a $100-million  telehealth pilot program. FCC seeks to identify how the agency can “help advance and support the movement in telehealth towards connected care everywhere and improve access … Continue Reading

Squire Patton Boggs Attorneys Publish Practical Law Practice Note on State Legalized Marijuana Businesses and Access to the Bankruptcy Code

The June 13, 2018 publication of Practical Law features a Practice Note co-written by Squire Patton Boggs attorneys Mark A. Salzberg, Elliot M. Smith, John E. Wyand and Sarah H. Stec titled “State Legalized Marijuana Businesses and Access to the Bankruptcy Code”. The Practice Note discusses the federal statutory scheme governing marijuana, its tension with … Continue Reading

PROPOSAL TO INCREASE RURAL HEALTH CARE FUNDING RECEIVES MAJORITY SUPPORT AT FCC

PROPOSAL TO INCREASE RURAL HEALTH CARE FUNDING RECEIVES MAJORITY SUPPORT AT FCC Majority Of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Supports 40%+ Annual Increase In Rural Health Care Program Funding – Following on a proposal to review annual funding for the FCC’s Rural Health Care Program (RHCP), which currently provides $400 million in annual subsidies for telecommunications … Continue Reading

Right to Try Investigational Drugs Signed Into Law

Right to Try Investigational Drugs Signed Into Law On May 30, 2018, S. 204, the Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2017 (Pub. L. No. 115-176, “Right to Try Act”) was signed into law. The Right to Try Act amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act … Continue Reading

House Energy and Commerce Committee Clears Opioid-Related Measures

On Thursday, May 17, the House Energy and Commerce Committee (E&C) cleared 32 additional opioid-related measures during its second markup on the issue. In total, E&C has now advanced 57 bills to combat the opioid overdose crisis. While most measures were easily approved on a bipartisan basis, committee members disagreed over a number of bills … Continue Reading

The New Federal Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices

On Friday, May 11, 2018, President Trump vowed to fix “the injustice of high drug prices” by announcing the “Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices” (the Blueprint) to address the following challenges: Excessively high drug prices Seniors and government programs overpaying for drugs High out-of-pocket costs for consumers Lack of transparency in drug pricing Free-riding by … Continue Reading

Analysis of President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Request – Healthcare Impact

The Trump Administration submitted its annual budget request to Congress on February 12, 2018, formally spurring the development of Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 federal spending bills. In light of its release, recently confirmed U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement: “The President’s budget makes investments and reforms … Continue Reading

National Institutes of Health Extends Effective Date of sIRB Policy

Recently, the National Institutes of Health (“NIH”) extended the effective date of its policy on the use of the single Institutional Review Board (“IRB” or “sIRB” if a single IRB) to January 25, 2018. NIH created the sIRB policy to establish the expectation that a sIRB be used in the ethical review of multi-site, domestic, … 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

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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