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CMS Issues Updated Open Payments FAQs

USA - April 13 2022 CMS recently issued updated Open Payments Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). The FAQs are revised periodically to reflect the most up to date program…

Biden administration announces efforts to combat “Long COVID”

USA - April 12 2022 On April 8, 2022, President Biden issued a memorandum ordering his executive departments to take steps to combat the long term effects of COVID-19…

HRSA asks for comment on provider relief fund and ARP rural reporting requirements

USA - April 8 2022 In a notice published on April 7, 2022, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the division of HHS that manages the distribution…

Provider relief fund reporting: HRSA to recoup funds from providers who didn’t meet deadlines

USA - April 4 2022 The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through its Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) office, is taking action to recoup…

OIG blesses digital health substance use disorder treatment program paid for by providers and suppliers

USA - March 29 2022 The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) recently issued a favorable advisory opinion to a digital health…

OSHA reopens comments on COVID-19 Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standard

USA - March 28 2022 The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) has reopened the comment period on its June 2021 interim final rule establishing an…

Lithium Mining Around the Salton Sea: The Case for a “Win-Win” Outcome for Energy and the Environment

USA - March 25 2022 Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries increasingly power electric vehicles and a wide range of consumer electronics, and are a critical component of…

OIG approves arrangement encouraging device study enrollment for economically disadvantaged Medicare beneficiaries

USA - March 24 2022 In a March 11 advisory opinion the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General ("OIG") permitted a medical device…

Understanding the Scope of the SEC’s Proposed Scope 3 Emissions Reporting Mandate

USA - March 24 2022 On March 21, 2022, the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved and released a proposed rulemaking package (the “Proposed Rule”) that…

AdvaMed announces revisions to code of ethics for interactions with health care professionals

USA - March 22 2022 On March 18, 2022, the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) - the world’s largest trade organization representing medical technology…