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California Health Care Legislative Update

USA - June 15 2021 Not surprisingly, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, California legislators proposed hundreds of health-related bills in 2021. For those who are…

HHS Issues Buprenorphine Practice Guidelines as Study Confirms Access Barriers

USA - June 9 2021 One of the spillover effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the increase in opioid-related deaths. These deaths overwhelmingly affect working-class…

FDA’s Unapproved Drugs Initiative Revived, with Gusto!

USA - June 7 2021 Although we’ve now entered June of 2021 and President Biden has yet to nominate someone to serve as the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, current Acting…

The Risks of HIPAA Non-Compliance Can Survive - and Even Grow - Post Closing

USA - June 3 2021 A recent settlement agreement between a clinical laboratory and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services…

Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Manufacturers Be Advised: Sunshine Act / Open Payments Enforcement is on the Rise

USA - May 27 2021 Pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers should be advised that the government is using its enforcement authority under the Open Payments…

California’s SB-642 Targets Hospitals and Management Services Organizations

USA - May 19 2021 On May 3, 2021, the California Senate Health Committee approved SB-642 “Health care: facilities: medical privileges.” The bill is currently pending in…

Biden Administration Throws Down Its First Gauntlet on 340B

USA - May 18 2021 On May 17, 2021, the Biden Administration took its first major action impacting the 340B Drug Discount Program. In a forceful statement, the…

Fourth Time’s the Charm? How COVID-19 May Spur Congress to Pass Legislation Expanding Coverage for Pharmacist Services

USA - May 12 2021 On April 22, 2021, Reps. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) and David McKinley (R-WV), along with 22 co-sponsors from both major parties, introduced H.R. 2759…

Massachusetts Public Health Council Approves Amendments to Clinic Licensure Regulations

USA - May 11 2021 On April 28, the Massachusetts Public Health Council (“PHC”) approved final proposed amendments to the clinic licensure regulations. The initial…

The American Families Plan & A Call for Drug Pricing Legislation

USA - May 10 2021 On April 28, 2021, President Biden gave his first address to Congress and announced the American Families Plan (AFP or the Act). The AFP follows the 1…