M.C. Escher and Erwin Schrodinger Walk into a Bar … or Are They Walking Out? and How Can the CBO Be Sure?

The pundits and political partisans apparently stopped reading before the heading on page 9 of the CBO’s June 26 report on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) Discussion Draft, “Uncertainty Surrounding the Estimates,” which the CBO conceded to be “inherently inexact,” given the complexity of possible reactions to BCRA passage.  View Full Post
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Supreme Court Dismisses Leave to Appeal Regarding Notice Requirements Under Section 5 of the PM(NOC) Regulations

As we reported, Janssen Inc. et al. filed an application for leave to appeal with the Supreme Court of Canada on December 9, 2016 with respect to the Federal Court of Appeal’s decision addressing a generic manufacturer’s notice obligations when obtaining a notice of compliance (NOC) by way of a cross-referenced drug submission. View Full Post
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What’s CHIP Got to Do with It?

Children in United States receive their health insurance from multiple sources: the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Medicaid, employer-sponsored insurance, or a qualified health plan on the Marketplace. This creates a fragmented system of coverage for children and families, particularly for low- and moderate-income families, who often have children and parents enrolled in across separate coverage sources. View Full Post
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Capitol Hill Update: Affordable Care Act Repeal On the Ropes?

The Senate bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act is currently being poured over by Senate Republicans and their staff, but the early prognosis for a vote this week is not good. Senate leadership had set a goal of voting on this legislation – known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) – before the Fourth of July recess, which means by this Friday. View Full Post
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Senate Republicans Unveil Health Care Reform Bill; CMS Proposes Updates to the Quality Payment Program

By | Health Law Pulse | June 26, 2017
On June 22, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled the draft Senate health care reform bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. Earlier today, Senate Republican leadership released a new discussion draft. As of this afternoon, Republican leadership reportedly has firm commitments from less than the 50 Senators needed to approve the legislation for final passage (with Vice President Pence breaking any 50/50 deadlock) due to concerns by both conservative and moderate Senate Republicans. View Full Post
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U.S. Senate Republican Leadership Releases New Draft of Health Care Reform Legislation

By | Health Law Pulse | June 26, 2017
Earlier this afternoon U.S. Senate Republican leadership released a new discussion draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017.  Senate Republican leadership released the first version of the draft legislation last Thursday, June 22.  This new discussion draft includes a provision to encourage individuals to maintain continuous health care coverage.  View Full Post
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Second NYPD Officer Infected in Harlem

A second police officer at the 23rd Precinct in East Harlem has contracted Legionnaires’ disease, NYPD officials have confirmed. “The officer did not require any hospitalization and is being treated with medication,” the department said in a statement. Earlier in June, an officer at the precinct was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ and hospitalized outside of Manhattan. View Full Post
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Momentum Continues in Telehealth Legislative Activity with Passage of Texas Law

By | TechHealth Perspectives | June 26, 2017
Telehealth continues to be a hot topic of state and federal legislatures. Texas, for example, recently joined the rest of the states in no longer requiring initial in-person visits before being able to provide telehealth services. The Texas legislature enacted the major telehealth bill SB 1107 on May 19, 2017, and the governor signed the bill into law shortly thereafter on May 27, 2017. View Full Post
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