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CMS’s "Fresh Look” at Space Sharing Looks All Too Familiar.”

Hold the presses – CMS’s long-awaited guidance on shared space arrangements between hospitals and other entities is here. But it appears that the new guidance wasn’t worth the wait. If you are a hospital or other health care entity who has been standing by in hopeful anticipation of CMS’s “fresh look” at shared space arrangements, you will be sorely disappointed.  Read More ›

With CBD Legal, is THC in the Workplace A-OK?

The 2018 Farm Bill’s legalization of hemp set the stage for a resurgence in hemp production and the proliferation of hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) products. What’s more, numerous states have introduced or passed bills legalizing medical marijuana, despite marijuana’s classification as a Schedule 1 substance under federal law. 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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

New Tax Bill Threatens Important Tax-Exempt Bond Provisions

Private Activity Bonds (PABs) tax bill exploration

Although it is still very early in the tax reform process, provisions in the House tax bill proposing the elimination of advance refunding and private activity bonds (PABs) are cause for alarm within the municipal bond market. Read More ›

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