Category Archives: Health Law

Senate Committee Calls for Sunshine Act/Open Payments Enforcement

The Senate Finance Committee recently called for federal agencies to begin investigating physician owned distributors’ (PODs) alleged noncompliance with the U.S. Physician Payment Sunshine Act (Sunshine Act, or Open Payments). The letter is addressed to the head of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). If acted upon, the OIG/CMS investigations could change the landscape of the Sunshine Act in an important way: any resulting public enforcement would most likely be a first. How the Sunshine Act Applies to PODs The Sunshine Act requires applicable manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) to annually disclose payments or transfers of value to covered recipients (physicians and teaching hospitals), as well as to disclose ownership or investment interests held by U.S. physicians or their immediate family members (with an exception for publicly traded companies). PODs, which….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Beat the High Cost of Health Insurance (Palladium Times)

(ARA) – Anyone who has shopped for or is currently paying for health insurance knows that consumers are paying more than ever before for their policies. But the numbers are staggering... To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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FDA Considers Patient Decision Aids for Cosmetic Surgery Devices

I was delighted to see this speaker, this afternoon, encourage the FDA to endorse the use of patient decision aids. Even better, she is developing a process for certifying PDAs as a way to improve the effectiveness of informed consent in breast implant surgery... To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity Deal Tracker: Primus Capital Invests in Harmony Healthcare IT

Primus Capital has made a growth investment in Harmony Healthcare IT (HHIT), according to a news release. HHIT, based in South Bend, Ind., is a provider of data extraction, migration and archival solutions. Primus Capital, founded in 1984 and with offices in Cleveland and Atlanta, is a growth-oriented private equity firm focused on investing in healthcare and other sectors. The investment will be used to further support HHIT’s flagship product, HealthData Archiver, and other services, according to the release. Financial terms were not disclosed... To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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"Marijuana Legalization: Dealing with the Black Market"

The title of this post is the title of a presentation to be made by one of my students in my Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform seminar this coming week. Here is part of his explanation of his topic and links to some background reading: Summary: I will be looking…<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MarijuanaLaw/~4/-Z4jHvb5feQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>.. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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