RECENT HEALTH LAW NEWS


Pharma Companies Sue to Block Drug Price Disclosure Rule
June 17, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Pharmaceuticals
Three of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the U.S. filed suit on June 14 against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), claiming that HHS doesn’t have the power to compel companies to include list prices of prescription drugs in television advertisements. HHS’s new rule is set to take effect on July 9. …
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Insys Settles Kickback Case, Files for Bankruptcy
June 12, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | False Claims Act | Fraud and Abuse | Litigation | Pharmaceuticals
The U.S. Department of Justice announced on June 5 that Arizona-based opioid manufacturer Insys Therapeutics agreed to pay $225 million to settle civil and criminal kickback charges. Last month, Insys’s founder and former CEO John Kapoor was found guilty on federal racketeering charges arising out of a bribery scheme that rewarded the company’s sales managers …
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CMS Issues RFI to Reduce Paperwork
June 11, 2019 | Cassandra Rivais DiNova | Electronic Health Records | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid
On June 6, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Request for Information (RFI) regarding its Patients over Paperwork Initiative. CMS is seeking public input on ways to reduce administrative and regulatory burdens on healthcare providers, with an overall goal of reducing healthcare costs and increasing the time providers spend with their …
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Medical Practitioners Call for Change to Massachusetts Marijuana Regulations
June 10, 2019 | Mark J. Wagner Jr. | Cannabis | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy
More than 40 physicians, clinicians and researchers from Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital and other institutions issued a 16-page Statement of Concern to Massachusetts lawmakers requesting that the Commonwealth’s Cannabis Control Commission suspend processing new business licenses and conduct a public health assessment of its “Social Equity Program.” These practitioners are criticizing the inadequacy …
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Supreme Court Sides with Hospitals on Change in Medicare DSH Payments
June 6, 2019 | Margarita Christoforou | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Litigation | Medicare and Medicaid
In a 7-1 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 3 that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) may not adjust the rates it pays hospitals for serving low-income patients without first giving them an opportunity to comment on the changes. The Medicare Act requires public notice and a 60-day comment period …
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CMS Issues Final Rule to Improve PACE Program for Frail and Elderly
June 5, 2019 | Ada Kozicz | Employer/Employee | Home Health | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Pharmaceuticals
On May 28, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule to improve and modernize the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). The rule is the first major change to the program since 2006. CMS expects that the changes will help incorporate current best practices in the care rendered …
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Rivkin Radler Lawyers Edit HIPAA Chapter of Treatise
May 30, 2019 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | Cybersecurity | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Legislation and Public Policy
Rivkin Radler’s Eric Fader and Margarita Christoforou edited the “Health Care Privacy and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996” chapter in the June 2019 edition of the Thomson Reuters Data Security and Privacy Law treatise. Eric has edited this chapter of the treatise since its 2014 edition. New material in this year’s …
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Data Breach Leads to $1 Million in Settlements for IN Company
May 28, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Cybersecurity | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Litigation
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on May 23 that Medical Informatics Engineering, Incorporated (MIE), an Indiana-based online electronic health records company, had agreed to pay HHS’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) $100,000 to settle HIPAA violations. MIE’s April 23 Resolution Agreement with HHS also provided for the company to enter …
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NYS Senate Bill Would Expand Medical Marijuana Program
May 21, 2019 | Cassandra Rivais DiNova | Mark J. Wagner Jr. | Cannabis | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Pharmaceuticals
On May 10, a new bill was introduced into the New York Senate to expand the state’s medical marijuana program. The overall goal of the bill is to reduce the burdens on patients seeking access to medical marijuana. The current version of the applicable statute requires that a medical condition be designated as “serious” in …
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New Rule Requires Drug Price Disclosure in TV Ads
May 15, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Pharmaceuticals
On May 8, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a final rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requiring pharmaceutical companies to disclose the list prices of prescription drugs in television advertisements. The rule will apply to all drugs covered by Medicare or Medicaid that cost at least $35 per …
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