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 ›
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 ›
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
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.
The fallout from the seemingly endless W-2 phishing scams continues to be felt. Read More ›
It’s already a stressful time of year, but for those vying for a license to convert marijuana plants into edibles, patches and oils, things have been thrust into overdrive. Read More ›
Under the Obama administration, the Department of Justice (DOJ) placed a low priority on pursuing charges against individuals and entities complying with state-sanctioned medical marijuana programs. However, under President Trump and his appointee, Attorney General Jeff Sessions... Read More ›
On November 13, 2017, the Kentucky Department of Medicaid Services (DMS) filed amendments to nearly every regulation in 907 KAR Chapter 17, which governs Kentucky’s Medicaid Managed Care program. 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.