California sees opportunities in personalized medicine. Earlier this month, Governor Brown announced the creation of a two year initiative – California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine to “begin building infrastructure and assembling resources necessary to advance precision medicine-orientated data, tools and applications.”
The highly pathogenic avian influenza virus that was first identified in the US in December 2014, has spread from wild birds and backyard flocks to chicken and turkey commercial flocks in Arkansas, California, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming, as reported by USDA.
StartUp Health, a New York-based accelerator, and Rock Health, a San Francisco-based accelerator and seed fund, each recently released its independent 2015 first quarter report on venture funding and transactional data of the digital health sector.
A new report released by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics shows that U.S. spending on pharmaceuticals increased in 2014 by 13.1 percent, reaching $373.9 billion. This is the highest increase since 2001 when drug spending growth reached 17 percent.
On April 21, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the availability of a draft guidance for industry and FDA staff entitled, “Acceptance of Medical Device Clinical Data from Studies Conducted Outside the United States.”
Yesterday the HHS OIG, in collaboration with the Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors, the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), and the Health Care Compliance Association, released a guidance document entitled Practical Guidance for Health Care Governing Boards on Compliance Oversight (the Guidance).
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a proposed rule, on April 10, 2015, addressing the application of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (“MHPAEA”) to the Medicaid and CHIP programs.
The LA Times reported on March 18, 2015, that one of California’s biggest health insurers, Blue Shield of California, had lost its tax-exempt status.
Governor Rick Scott has stated that he will take legal action against the Federal Government for the government’s attempt to strong arm Florida to implement the Medicaid expansion program pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”), more commonly known as Obamacare.