Health Law Matters

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 ›

Comments Requested in New West Virginia Medical Cannabis Rules

West Virginia Medical Cannabis Regions

On December 14, 2017, the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Advisory Board announced: (1) the results of informal surveys to gauge patient need and physician interest in participation in the new medical cannabis program scheduled to be rolled out July 1, 2019; and (2) proposed rules to govern the implementation of medical cannabis programs in West Virginia. Read More ›

Kentucky Supreme Court rules for employers on maximum prices for prescription drugs under Kentucky workers’ comp and against them on employee choice of pharmacy

Prescription Drug Pricing

The Supreme Court of Kentucky held in an opinion issued August 24, 2017 that Kentucky’s regulation regarding prescription drug pricing under Kentucky’s workers’ compensation system does not require, or even suggest, that published so-called “Average Wholesale Price” (AWP) figures set by drug manufacturers should be used to determine the maximum price a pharmacy may charge. Read More ›

Kentucky Federal District Court Allows Claims in Data Breach Class Action to Proceed: Implications for Healthcare Providers.

Health Care Data Privacy

The fallout from the seemingly endless W-2 phishing scams continues to be felt. Read More ›

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Brian F. Higgins is an associate in FBT's regulated business group with a focus on health care, and he has a history as corporate counsel to Medpace, Inc., a pharmaceutical clinical research organization.

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