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An executive summary of political, legal and regulatory issues that may impact your business, prepared by Polsinelli Shughart Health Care legal and Public Policy professionals.


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Update for January 24, 2013


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OMB Directs Department Heads to Prepare for Sequestration

Officials at the Office and Management and Budget instructed federal agencies last week to identify how they plan to cut back on spending if sequestration goes into effect on March 1. OMB stressed the importance of minimizing the impact of the cuts on core missions and being alert for issues that could jeopardize life, safety or health. [More ...]


HHS Finalizes Omnibus HIPAA Rule, Enhances Privacy Requirements

HHS on January 17 finalized an omnibus HIPAA rule that is intended to improve patient privacy protections and safeguard consumer health data. [More ...]


SCOTUS Says Equitable Tolling Not a Factor in DSH Case

The Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous decision on Tuesday that disproportionate share hospitals (DSH) could not appeal Provider Reimbursement Review Board (PRRB) decisions more than a decade after the decision was issued, even if the government had used faulty information to calculate payments. [More ...]


Report Shows Increased Interest in Orphan Drug Development

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) released a report that found that drug manufacturers are increasing research and development into rare or "orphan" disorders – those diseases that affect 200,000 or fewer. [More ...]


Business Leaders Push for Entitlement Reform

The Business Roundtable has issued a proposal to reform Medicare and Social Security. [More ...]


Grassley, Klobuchar Vow to Take on Pay-for-Delay Issue

Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) announced a plan to reintroduce legislation to curb pay-for-delay drug patent settlements, following the release of a Federal Trade Commission report that found the number of such settlements peaked in fiscal year 2012. [More ...]


AMA Announces $10 Million for Innovative Ideas in Training for the Future

The American Medical Association announced a new initiative that will provide $10 million in funding for projects that change how future physicians are trained. [More ...]


JAMA Features Studies on Reducing Hospital Readmissions

The January 23 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association includes several reports and editorials on reducing unnecessary hospital readmissions. [More ...]


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