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Bill in Texas Legislature Would Give Nurse Practitioners More Power

Bill in Texas Legislature Would Give Nurse Practitioners More Power

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A bill in the Texas House seeks to end regulations that require nurse practitioners to contract with doctors in order to treat and write prescriptions.

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Healthcare and the False Claims Act, 2016 Survey

Healthcare and the False Claims Act, 2016 Survey

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Healthcare and the False Claims Act, 2016 Survey summarizes the important laws, regulations, pronouncements, and cases of the past year, to inform healthcare providers and healthcare attorneys on this crucial statute in the healthcare industry.

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Judge Blocks $54 Billion Anthem-Cigna Health Insurance Merger

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A federal judge blocked the $54 billion merger between health insurance giants Anthem and Cigna, saying the deal would increase prices and reduce competition, according to a report by The Washington Post.

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Painful Verdicts for Johnson & Johnson

Painful Verdicts for Johnson & Johnson

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The Lanier Law Firm said these verdicts marked the second and third bellwether trials among thousands of similar lawsuits nationwide that have been consolidated in multidistrict litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

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2016 HIPAA Year in Review: Audits, Fines, and Enforcement Trends

2016 HIPAA Year in Review: Audits, Fines, and Enforcement Trends

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Compliancy Group will present a complimentary webinar examining the major breaches and fines that made 2016 the most expensive year on record for HIPAA fines and enforcement.

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Obamacare Repeal: 18 Million Lose Insurance, Premiums Soar: Report

Obamacare Repeal: 18 Million Lose Insurance, Premiums Soar: Report

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NBC News is reporting that about 18 million people would lose or drop their health insurance in the first year after Obamacare is repealed, the Congressional Budget Office reported Tuesday.

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A Chicago GC’s Journey From Mortgages to Medical Marijuana

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Charlie Bachtell, CEO and co-founder of medical marijuana company Cresco Labs, was general counsel at Chicago-based mortgage company Guaranteed Rate before he moved into the legal cannabis business, The Chicago Tribune reports.

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Trial Lawyer Jay Old Joins Texas-based Hicks Thomas LLP

Trial Lawyer Jay Old Joins Texas-based Hicks Thomas LLP

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Veteran trial lawyer Jay Old has joined commercial litigation firm Hicks Thomas LLP where he will continue to represent construction, insurance, petrochemical and health care companies as part of his client portfolio.

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Obamacare Replacement May Look Like Existing Law, Without Mandate

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The changes likely will be phased in over time, with very few, if any, immediately repealed. That will allow the new Congress time to fashion replacement parts. And those replacement parts will mostly resemble the old law, says Dallas health care lawyer Jeff Drummond of Jackson Walker LLP.

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Judge Halves Jury’s $1 Billion Punitive Damages Award in J&J Hip Implant Case

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U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade in Dallas found the jury’s punitive-damage awards to six patients were excessive and should be reduced, according to court filings.

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If Republicans Repeal Health Law, Paying For A Replacement Could Be Tough

If Republicans Repeal Health Law, Paying For A Replacement Could Be Tough

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Leading Republicans in Congress have vowed that even if they repeal most of the Affordable Care Act early in 2017, a replacement won’t hurt those now receiving benefits, reports NPR.

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Nation’s Largest Freestanding ER operator Shedding Executives

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Graham Cherrington is the second executive to leave the embattled company suddenly in recent months, following a disappointing $11.7 million loss in third quarter.

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Johnson & Johnson Hit With Over $1 Billion Verdict on Hip Implants

Johnson & Johnson Hit With Over $1 Billion Verdict on Hip Implants

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The New Jersey pharmaceutical and medical device maker and its DePuy Orthopaedics subsidiary must pay damages to six California plaintiffs who say they suffered serious chronic and painful medical problems caused by the device, reports The Dallas Morning News.

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U.S. Charges in Generic-Drug Probe to Be Filed by Year-End

U.S. Charges in Generic-Drug Probe to Be Filed by Year-End

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The antitrust investigation by the Justice Department spans more than a dozen companies and about two dozen drugs, reports Bloomberg.

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Compliance and Ethics Program Comparison: Survey Results

Compliance and Ethics Program Comparison: Survey Results

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The Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and the Health Care Compliance Association recently conducted a survey to gauge the effectiveness of compliance programs at preventing incidents from occurring.

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Hedge Fund Sues Theranos, Citing ‘Lies, Material Misstatements, and Omissions’

Hedge Fund Sues Theranos, Citing ‘Lies, Material Misstatements, and Omissions’

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Partner Fund Management, a San Francisco-based hedge fund that reportedly wrote out a $96 million check to Theranos in 2014, is now suing the blood-testing startup and its founder, Elizabeth Holmes, reports TechCrunch.

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Mylan to Pay $465 Million Over EpiPen Medicaid Rebate Dispute

Mylan to Pay $465 Million Over EpiPen Medicaid Rebate Dispute

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At issue is whether Mylan made more money on EpiPen than warranted from state Medicaid programs by having it classified as a generic product, Reuters is reporting.

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Alabama Law Firm Says It Has Received 26k Calls After Talcum Powder Verdicts

Alabama Law Firm Says It Has Received 26k Calls After Talcum Powder Verdicts

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A law firm in Montgomery, Ala., says it received nearly 26,000 phone calls from people inquiring about a possible link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer after its clients won a total of $127 million in two verdicts earlier this year, reports AL.com.

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Theranos Walks Away From Zika Test

Theranos Walks Away From Zika Test

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The move is another setback for the Palo Alto, Calif., company as it tries to recover from crippling regulatory sanctions that followed revelations by The Wall Street Journal of shortcomings in Theranos’s technology and operations.

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First State-to-State Spread of Zika Magnifies Questions of Employer Liability

First State-to-State Spread of Zika Magnifies Questions of Employer Liability

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While Zika’s dangers first appeared in Brazil, its spread to the U.S. has magnified questions about risk, including to workers whose employers want them to travel, says Justin Markel of Roberts Markel Weinberg Butler Hailey PC.

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