Health Law Matters

West Virginia Continues Cultivation of Medical Cannabis Rules

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The West Virginia Medical Cannabis Advisory Board (“Advisory Board”) met on February 6, 2018, to review and consider comments made to proposed rules governing growers, processors, dispensaries, participating physicians and patients wishing to participate in the medical cannabis program. Read More ›

Direct Primary Care - New Delivery Model Gains Traction

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"Direct Primary Care,” or DPC, is a patient care delivery model gaining attention and some degree of utilization by physicians, particularly in the eastern part of the United States. Read More ›

Ohio Hospitals: Are You Ready for Medical Marijuana?

Physician recommended medical marijuana

Physicians interested in recommending medical marijuana are already completing the two hours of continuing medical education credit necessary before applying for a Certificate to Recommend from the State of Ohio. Read More ›

eNLC Means More Nurses Practicing Telehealth Across State Lines

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Down goes a jurisdictional barrier to telehealth: Nurses interested in expanding their practice can now practice via telehealth in multiple states under the Enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact (eNLC) multistate license. Read More ›

New Medicare Bundle Promotes Care Coordination to Achieve Increased Quality, Lower Spending

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The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) announced January 10 a new, voluntary bundled payment model, Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced). Read More ›

Health Care Models of the Future (Hint: They Include Nurse Practitioners!) and, 5 Tips for Hiring Nurse Practitioners

Nurse Practitioners (NP)

CVS Health announced plans to buy Aetna last month in a $69 billion deal that the New York Times boasted “may reshape the Health Industry.” Read More ›

Trump Administration Encourages States to Implement Medicaid Work Requirements

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On the day President Trump was inaugurated, he nominated Seema Verma, a healthcare consultant from Mike Pence’s home state of Indiana, to serve as the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Read More ›

Green Grass in the Bluegrass: Kentucky’s Medical Marijuana Law

Medical Marijuana in Kentucky

To Kentucky, the grass must have literally been greener on the other side. After Kentucky lawmakers watched their neighbors in Ohio and West Virginia enact medical marijuana laws, they introduced a 65-page bill at the Kentucky statehouse Thursday morning to legalize medical marijuana. Read More ›

Dramatic Shift in Federal Enforcement Priorities Related to Legalized Marijuana Use

Medicinal Marijuana

In November of 2017, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) would abide by the Rohrabacher–Blumenauer Amendment which has been interpreted as prohibiting the use of federal dollars to prosecute marijuana-industry participants in specific states that have legalized medical marijuana. Read More ›

Repeal of Obamacare’s Individual Mandate – Significant, or Not?

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The individual mandate (i.e., that every American must have health insurance coverage or pay a penalty tax) has long been deemed the crux of Obamacare, or the glue that holds it all together. Read More ›

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Alex S. Fisher is a senior associate with an emphasis in health care related boards, including the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners and the Tennessee Board of Nursing. Alex is also currently a faculty member at the Vanderbilt Center for Professional Health.

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