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Category: Regulatory


Opinions, Regulatory

Vermont legislators pass a drug importation law. So what?

May 18, 2018

Via: The Medical News

This week, Vermont passed a first-in-the-nation law that would facilitate the state’s importation of prescription drugs wholesale from Canada. It represents the state’s effort to tackle head-on the issue of constantly climbing drug prices. Other states, including Louisiana and Utah, […]


Regulatory

Lawmakers accuse VA of ‘malign neglect’ regarding EHR modernization efforts

May 17, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

Members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are turning up the heat on the Department of Veterans Affairs for what lawmakers describe as “malign neglect” regarding the VA’s electronic health record modernization efforts. Five senators and six members […]


Regulatory

VA telehealth rule allows providers to treat patients across state lines

May 14, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

The Department of Veterans Affairs has finalized a rule allowing telehealth providers to administer care to veterans across state lines and outside of a federal facility. Previously, VA physicians could only waive state licensing requirements and provide telehealth treatment across […]


Regulatory

To lower drug costs at home, Trump wants higher prices abroad

May 10, 2018

Via: CNBC

WASHINGTON — President Trump, poised on Friday to unveil his strategy to lower prescription drug prices, has an idea that may not be so popular abroad: Bring down costs at home by forcing higher prices in foreign countries that use […]


Regulatory

House committee passes bill to improve VA information sharing

May 9, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs voted on Tuesday to pass legislation that streamlines and consolidates the VA’s community care programs, including establishing processes to improve information sharing with non-VA providers and ensuring safe opioid prescribing practices. The VA Maintaining […]


Regulatory

VA enables veterans to access medical images online

May 1, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

The Department of Veterans Affairs has released a new feature available via its My HealtheVet portal that provides veterans with online access to their medical images and associated study reports. The VA Medical Images and Reports feature on My HealtheVet […]


Regulatory

FDA unveils working model for software precertification program

April 27, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

The Food and Drug Administration has released a draft working model for a new software precertification program for developers, with the intent of fast-tracking digital health products to market. “The goal of this program is to develop a tailored and […]


Opinions, Regulatory

Shift From Obamacare To Medicare Advantage Boosts Anthem Profits

April 25, 2018

Via: Forbes

Anthem is beginning to benefit financially from its decision to exit certain individual markets under the Affordable Care Act as the insurer focuses more on its growing Medicare Advantage business. Under chief executive Gail Boudreaux, the company plans to invest […]


Regulatory

DEA, states to share prescription drug information

April 20, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

The Drug Enforcement Administration has reached an agreement with attorneys general from 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to share prescription drug information with one another to help with criminal investigations. DEA will provide the attorneys general […]


Regulatory

Senate bill calls for data, technology to combat opioid crisis

April 18, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

Leaders of the Senate health committee on Tuesday introduced bipartisan legislation designed to help combat the nationwide opioid epidemic through the increased collection, analysis and sharing of data to track controlled substance prescribing and the effects of drug abuse. The […]


Regulatory

FDA unveils action plan to improve medical device safety

April 18, 2018

Via: medicaldevice-network.com

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has unveiled a new action plan to ensure the safety of medical devices and patient protection while also driving innovation. Titled ‘Medical Device Safety Action Plan: Protecting Patients, Promoting Public Health’, the proposal […]


Regulatory

FDA bans some pure caffeine powders and liquids that pack a potentially lethal punch

April 13, 2018

Via: CNBC

Some pure caffeine products are now unlawful, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The agency said the ban focuses on liquids and powders containing pure or highly concentrated caffeine, which are often sold in large tubs containing thousands of […]


Regulatory

Health Insurers Tout Strides In Preventive Care Amid Attacks On Medicaid

April 9, 2018

Via: Forbes

The health insurance industry Monday launched a detailed report insurers say shows successes health plans are making to increase preventive care and access to treatments after low income Americans are enrolled in a Medicaid health plan. The study is a […]


EHR & EMR, Regulatory

State Department issues Request for Information on new EHR

April 4, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

The U.S. State Department has issued a request for information for a new electronic health records system, following a failed 2015 EHR implementation with the U.S. Coast Guard. The purpose of the State Department’s RFI is to conduct market research […]


Regulatory

FDA grants accelerated approval to leukemia drug for patients with MRD-positive ALL

March 30, 2018

Via: The Medical News

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to Blincyto (blinatumomab) to treat adults and children with B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) who are in remission but still have minimal residual disease (MRD). MRD refers to the presence […]