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Nearly three months following House passage of a legislative proposal related to America’s opioid epidemic, the Senate overwhelmingly cleared its own comprehensive, bipartisan package to address the crisis.  On Monday, September 17, senators replaced the House-passed text with a substitute amendment and approved The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 (H.R. 6) by a vote of 99-1. The bill, authored by Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN), resulted from more than 70 pieces of legislation recommended by members of five different committees: Banking, Housing, and Urban Development; Commerce; Finance; HELP; and Judiciary. More on Senate Opioid Package Here >
Sheppard Mullin Law Firm LogoThe Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, as modified by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (collectively, “HIPAA”) mandates privacy and security safeguards for information about an individual’s health status, care, or payment for care. Individuals, organizations, and agencies that meet the definition of a “covered entity” or “business associate” under HIPAA must comply with its requirements.
On June 1, 2018, in Director of the Office for Civil Rights v. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Health and Human Services, Departmental Appeals Board (Docket No. C-17-854; Decision No. CR5111), Steven T. Kessel, Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”), issued a ruling against the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (“MD Anderson”) for HIPAA violations.   More on Hybrid Entities Here >
On September 11, 2018, the American Hospital Association (AHA) and several other hospital system and hospital association stakeholders1; (Plaintiffs) filed a lawsuit (Complaint) against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) alleging that HHS violated the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) by delaying implementation of a 2017 regulation (Final Rule) addressing certain statutory provisions relating to the 340B program. The Complaint asked the court to find that HHS violated the APA and order the Secretary to make the Final Rule effective within 30 days after judgment.  More on Hospital 340B Litigation
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