Many physicians recently received a notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) notifying them of the opportunity to register with the CMS “Open Payments” system and review financial data reported about them by drug and device manufacturers under the federal Physician Payments Sunshine Act (“Sunshine Act”).
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has agreed to permit Pennsylvania to expand its Medicaid program under the federal Affordable Care Act to cover low income adults whose incomes exceed the federal poverty level.
Recently, a craniofacial distraction implant by DePuy Orthopaedics was recalled. This device, called the Craniomaxillofacial (CMF) Distraction System, “is a modular family of internal distraction devices that are used to gradually lengthen the mandible body and ramus” and indicated as “a bone stabilizer and lengthening (and/or transport) device for correction of congenital deficiencies or posttraumatic defects of the mandibular body and ramus, where gradual bone distraction is required,” for children less than one year old.
Obama Administration Files Proposed Rules On ACA Preventative Services Coverage–Seeks Input On Logistics
The Obama Administration has filed an Interim Final Rule seeking input on the logistics of obtaining an accommodation and in defining eligible organizations with respect to coverage for preventative services under the ACA.
Not So Happy Meals? New York City Council Moves to Ban Free Toys Offered with Certain Food and Beverage Products
The New York City Council introduced a bill last week that would prohibit restaurants from offering free toys or other giveaways aimed at children in connection with certain meals and food and beverage products.
Hospitals, remarkably, are one of the most hazardous places to work. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, hospital workers have an estimated rate of 8.3 assaults per 10,000 workers compared to an estimated 2 assaults per 10,000 workers in the overall work environment.
Today, New York health regulators proposed revised rules that would allow health care providers to merge or cooperate with one another without being subject to federal or state antitrust scrutiny.
The rising costs of health care in the United States are no secret to doctors, patients, or pharmacists. Lifesaving drugs, procedures, and equipment continue to place a high cost burden on consumers and their insurers.
In the wake of the Hobby Lobby ruling with respect to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage mandate, the Administration (which already has taken steps to fund contraception for employees affected by their employers’ exemption) is attempting also to deal with the issue by a recently-published DHHS regulation setting forth the procedures that “religious” employers might follow to gain exemption from having to provide contraceptive coverage in their sponsored health plans. The proposed rule covers both religious not-for-profits and closely held religious for-profits.