Health Care and Life Sciences Industry Group: Legal Updates - Q1 2019

Please find below a listing of client newsletters and legal updates published by our member firms during Q1 2019. Be advised that this compilation is not exhaustive and we would encourage you to visit the relevant member firm sites for more legal updates.

Clayton Utz (Australia)

• TGA spotlight on medical devices – consultation periods close soon (February 7, 2019)

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Canada: Alberta, Ontario Quebec)

• Up in the Air: Health Canada Considers Further Restrictions for Vaping Product Advertising (February 20, 2019)

Brigard & Urrutia (Colombia)

• New Minimum Standards of the OH&S Management System (February 27, 2019)

Romero Pineda & Asociados (El Salvador)

• Approval Of Extension Of Coverage Of ISSS for Contributors Children Up To 18 Years Old (March 7, 2019)
• Approval of Labor Stability for Workers With Chronic Illnesses (March 4, 2019)

COBALT Law Firm (Estonia)

• Latvian Competition Council worried about market power of wholesalers of pharmaceuticals (February 26, 2019)

Nishimura & Asahi (Japan)

• Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. - Acquisition of Shire plc (February 20, 2019)

Wardynski & Partners (Poland)

• Food law 2019: GMO-free labelling (February 14, 2019)

Bowmans (South Africa)

• Automation is in the Cards for Seed Certification and Plant Variety Protection in Kenya (February 19, 2019)

Tilleke & Gibbins (Thailand)

• Change in Drug Registration in Vietnam (March 21, 2019)
• Thailand Poised to Adopt Plain Packaging for Tobacco Products (March 14, 2019)
• Decree 169: New Regulations on Medical Devices in Vietnam (January 30, 2019)

Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. (USA, Arizona)

• Let’s Get Out of the Weeds; Understanding Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Laws (February 27, 2019)
• Arizona’s New Mini-COBRA Statute Has Arrived, but Is Preemption a Concern? (February 22, 2019)
• Seeing the Big Picture – How Proposed Health Reimbursement Arrangements Might Harmonize with Existing Law (February 13, 2019)
• Arizona Limits Failure to Warn Claims Against Medical Device Manufacturers (February 1, 2019)

Morrison & Foerster LLP (USA, California)

• Cannabidiol: Is CBD Legal in the United States in 2019? (March 12, 2019)
• Transforming the U.S. Healthcare Industry with Blockchain Technology (February 6, 2019)
• Planting the Seeds of Change (December 2018 - January 2019)
• California Proceeds to Finalize Its Proposition 65 Exemption for Coffee (January 14, 2019)

Murtha Cullina LLP (USA, Connecticut)

• Health Care Group News: OIG Allows Hospital to Provide Free In-Home Patient Care (March 12, 2019)
• Health Care Group News: HIPAA Enforcement In 2018 Hits All Time High (February 14, 2019)

Akerman LLP (USA, Florida)

• Proposed Florida House Legislation Advances, Requiring Reporting to the State Proposed Hospital and Group Practice Acquisitions (March 21, 2019)
• US Supreme Court to Hear FCA Statute of Limitations Case (March 12, 2019)
• The Future of Telehealth in 2019 (March 4, 2019)
• Multiple States Considering Possible Modification to Their “Certificate of Need” Laws (February 13, 2019)
• Year in Review/Year Ahead: Medicaid Expansion: An Unanswered Call in (January 29, 2019)

Alston & Bird LLP (USA, Georgia)

• Alston & Bird - "Congress Requests Industry Advice on Telehealth Legislation" (March 25, 2019)

Faegre Baker Daniels LLP (USA, Indiana and Minnesota)

• Lower Drug Prices Aren't Worth Higher Health Risks (March 4, 2019)
• Health Insurers Win Important Ruling on Payment of ACA Cost-Sharing Reductions (CSR) (March 4, 2019)
• 2019 Illegal Online Pharmacies: The Risks to Patient Health and Brand Reputation (March 1, 2019)

Armstrong Teasdale LLP (USA, Missouri)

• For Your Benefit Newsletter, February 2019 (February 2019)

Baird Holm LLP (USA, Nebraska)

• Case Law Update: The Iowa Supreme Court Bars Dentists from Recovering Denied Reimbursement Claims for Covered Services from Medicaid Patients (March 5, 2019)
• Rural Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers Can Bill for Certain Virtual Communication Services (February 5, 2019)
• Have You Seen the Compliance Resource Portal? (February 5, 2019)
• New Law Expands Kickback Liability Beyond Public Health Care Programs (February 5, 2019)

Day Pitney LLP (USA, New Jersey)

• CMS Launches HIPAA Compliance Review Program (March 29, 2019)
• Any Willing Provider Laws May Not Apply to Pharmacy Benefit Managers (March 13, 2019)
• HHS: 2018 Was All-time Record Year for HIPAA Enforcement (March 11, 2019)
• CMS Expands Immediate Jeopardy Standards (March 11, 2019)
• CMS and ONC Release Proposed Rules Regulating Electronic Health Information Blocking (February 12, 2019)
• New CMS App Helps Medicare Beneficiaries Understand Coverage (February 11, 2019)

Crowe & Dunlevy (USA, Oklahoma)

• New Law Provides Needed Clarity for Employers Regarding Medical Marijuana and Safety-Sensitive Positions (March 15, 2019)
• Docs can Recommend Medical Marijuana via Telemedicine Visits (March 8, 2019)
• Oklahoma’s Medical Marijuana Legalization Creates New Questions About Employment Law (March 6, 2019)
• 2019 Labor Issues will Involve ADA, Medical Marijuana & #MeToo (January 29, 2019)

Pepper Hamilton LLP (USA, Pennsylvania)

• PA AG: UPMC Is Prioritizing Profits Over Patients (February 13, 2019)
• OIG Advisory Opinion Has Key Takeaways for Programs Designed to Assist Needy Patients (February 11, 2019)
• HHS Proposes 'Sweeping' Changes to Pharmacy Drug Pricing (February 7, 2019)
• Freedom to Operate and the Interplay of Patient and Regulatory Exclusivity for Life Sciences (Part II) (February 4, 2019)
• Employers May Have to Accommodate Medical Marijuana Users Under Some State Laws (February 5, 2019)
• IP Due Dilligence in the Life Sciences: Key Considerations for 2019(Part I) (February 1, 2019)

Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C. (USA, Rhode Island)

• Marijuana in the Workplace (March 26, 2019)

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC (USA, Tennessee)

• OIG Blesses Hospital Program Seeking to Reduce Inpatient Admissions through Provision of Free, In-Home Care (March 11, 2019)
• Tennessee Nursing Home Chain Reaches “Largest Worthless Services Resolution in Tennessee’s History” (March 6, 2019)
• Electronic Health Records Company Pays High Price for Software Shortcomings (March 5, 2019)
• Supreme Court Asked to Review Pleading Standard and Constitutionality of FCA (February 22, 2019)
• Looser Restrictions on HRAs on the Horizon (February 4, 2019)
• Bass, Berry & Sims Releases Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Review (January 30, 2019)

Baker Botts L.L.P. (USA, Texas)

• Medicare's Hospice Rules Could Make Your Doctor a Criminal (March 21, 2019)

Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC (USA, West Virginia)

• Back at Square One: The Questionable Status of Employer Wellness Plans (March 13, 2019)

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP (USA, Wisconsin)

• Three Legal Tips To Successfully Launch a CBD Product (February 5, 2019)

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