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Pennsylvania House of Representatives Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

KatieBrant717 - March 31, 2016

On March 16, 2016, Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives passed a measure that would legalize medical marijuana in certain forms. The vote was 149-43, with all voting Democrats…

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Kindred Healthcare Inc. To Pay $125 Million to Settle Allegations of False Claims

KatieBrant717 - February 9, 2016

Kindred Healthcare Inc. (Kindred), the largest skilled therapy provider in the nation, has agreed to pay $125 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims…


FDA’s Agenda for 2016: Biggest Issues on Agency’s Calendar for the New Year

KatieBrant717 - January 13, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has great influence on a vast array of issues impacting the medical industry in the U.S. The decisions it makes in…


Head of the DOJ’s Antitrust Division Raises Concerns About Two Proposed Mega-Mergers Between Leading Health Insurers

KatieBrant717 - November 20, 2015

Assistant Attorney General, Bill Baer, head of the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Antitrust Division, recently spoke at a Yale Law School conference about competition in the health…

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HIPAA Basics For Licensed Health Care Professionals: Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules

KatieBrant717 - November 16, 2015

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) fact sheet for health care professionals and organizations. The…

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Florida Board of Medicine Declares Arizona Homeopathic Doctor “Very, Very Dangerous”

KatieBrant717 - October 26, 2015

  A doctor practicing homeopathic medicine was accused of administering a lethal dose of an unapproved drug to a toddler in Arizona.  She was required to appear before the…

Health Reform

Contract Renewal May Result in Loss of Business for Florida Hospital

KatieBrant717 - September 28, 2015

Adventist Health System, parent company to Florida Hospital, renewed its contract with Florida Blue in May of this year. The contract renewal includes the termination (effective October…

Health Reform

Broward Health Agrees to Pay Almost $70M to Settle False Claims Act Allegations – Whistleblower Could Receive More Than $12M

KatieBrant717 - September 25, 2015

  On September 15, 2015, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Broward Health, an operator of more than 50 health care facilities in South Florida, agreed…

Health Reform

Pill-Mill Crackdown Hurting Patients With Legitimate Pain

KatieBrant717 - September 23, 2015

  Florida has been plagued for years with the reputation of being the "pill mill capital of the country." Lawmakers needed to do something about prescription painkiller…