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Showing 30 posts by Brian F. Higgins.

Ohio, Let’s Talk About C-B-D, Let’s Talk About Hemp Baby

It’s official — with Governor DeWine’s signature, Senate Bill 57 legalized hemp-derived products like cannabidiol (CBD) oil in the state of Ohio. With this law, Ohio catches up to several other states and the federal government in making products from this type of cannabis plant legal to sell and use without a recommendation from a physician and without purchase from a licensed medical marijuana dispensary.  Read More ›

Long-Term Care Facilities – Update Your Residential Agreements with Binding Arbitration Provision

According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) final rule, effective September 16, 2019, long-term care (LTC) facilities can try to cut down on the cost of litigation by implementing a pre-dispute arbitration agreement with residents. Read More ›

Information Blocking and the API Standard: Proposed Rules Look to Shake-up Data in the Healthcare Industry

Patient receiving a CT scan

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released separate but connected proposed rules governing interoperability, information blocking, and the use of application programming interfaces (APIs) in the healthcare industry. Read More ›

Growing Products Liability Claims Against the Marijuana Industry

Marijuana products liability claims are inevitable. As the marijuana industry increases in size, and more states eventually legalize its use for medical or recreational purposes, it will become a target of litigation. Although only a small number of cases have been filed, manufacturers, retailers, and others along the marijuana supply chain need to prepare for the inevitable increase in claims against the industry, specifically those arising out of products liability.  Read More ›

Physician Alert: Patient Informed Consent for Medical Marijuana Treatments

State laws vary considerably in terms of the professional obligations they place on physicians obtaining a patient’s informed consent for the use of medical marijuana. Ohio, for example, requires a physician to document in the medical record the patient’s consent (or legal representative’s consent if the patient is a minor) to medical marijuana treatment prior to completing a recommendation. Ohio Administrative Code 4731-32-03. Read More ›

Hemp and CBD Sales Bill Cultivated in Ohio

Hemp and CBD Sales Bill Cultivated in Ohio

Hemp is not marijuana – let us start there. This is a critical distinction the Ohio legislature has learned through the lobbying efforts of our firm’s government relations subsidiary, CivicPoint LLC. CivicPoint has helped inform state lawmakers and advance a bill to legalize hemp and hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) products. Read More ›

Medical Marijuana and the Terminally Ill: How Ohio Hospice Programs Can Learn to Cope with “Dope”

With nearly 20,000 registered Ohioans with medical marijuana recommendations, it is inevitable that Ohio Hospice program leaders will need to make a decision on medical marijuana as soon as possible. Read More ›

New Medical Marijuana Developments Show Green Wave Cresting Across the Country

New developments in D.C. this past month suggest the federal government’s stringent position on medical marijuana continues to erode. Additionally, the last bastion of states yet to legalize medical marijuana might be coming around to the idea, as evidenced by two new bills introduced in Kentucky and Tennessee to initiate medical marijuana programs. Read More ›

EKRA’s Interaction with the Anti-Kickback Statute: Just What the Government Intended

Medical Kickbacks

Labs, clinical treatment facilities, and recovery homes BEWARE! If you are currently using marketers/distributors/sales personnel to market your services, you will need to evaluate your agreements with these people immediately. Read More ›

Recommending Physicians Get Ready: Ohio BOP Announces Launch of Patient & Caregiver Registry for Ohio Medical Marijuana Program

Ohio Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Don’t criticizeeeeeee it” – the State Board of Pharmacy, that is, because the State Board of Pharmacy did its job, announcing today that the “Patient and Caregiver Registry” for the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program has been activated, just before dispensary products are expected to be available to patients. Read More ›

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Thomas D. Anthony is the former chair of FBT's Health Care Industry Team. He focuses on counseling health care entities on corporate transactions, regulatory compliance and joint ventures.

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