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Frier Levitt Adds Joel M. Greenberg, Esq. as Partner

Frier Levitt, LLC, a national boutique healthcare law firm, announced today that Joel M. Greenberg, Esq., has joined the firm as a Partner. Mr. Greenberg has extensive experience assisting physicians, medical groups, dentists, and other health care providers address the numerous business and legal issues that arise in their practices. He counsels clients in all aspects of a transaction from the initial phase of setting up an entity to establishing...

Arkansas Seeks U.S. Supreme Court Review of Eighth Circuit Ruling Striking Down MAC Law

Back on October 22, 2018, the state of Arkansas filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking them to review the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit’s decision, specifically asking the Supreme Court to consider "[w]hether the Eighth Circuit erred in holding that Arkansas's statute . . . is preempted by ERISA[.]" Most recently, on April 15, 2019, the Supreme Court invited...

The End of Chevron Deference Could Foretell the Beginning of Equal Access to Care Under Medicaid

One cannot move in legal circles without hearing at least some discussion of the SCOTUS' position on the administrative state. With a now-entrenched conservative majority and at least two or three of those justices expressing doggedly anti-regulation views, many are asking if one of the venerable pillars of the administrative state—the doctrine known as "Chevron deference"—will ultimately be abrogated by the Court. The name "Chevron deference" is derived from the...

The Growing Trend of PBM Track-And-Trace Audits

Recently, Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) have been requesting pharmacies to provide documentation in compliance with Drug Supply Chain and Security Act (DSCSA), better known as “track-and-trace." DSCSA was enacted as part of the Drug Quality and Security Act of 2013 and outlines steps for the drug chain participants to implement a system that tracks a drug at the unit-level throughout the drug supply chain. At this juncture, the United States...

The Continued Scrutiny of Opioids: What Physicians and Pharmacists Need to Know

The war on opioids continues unabated, most recently with the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force conducting another roundup. The roundup, which included the execution of search warrants, involved the charging of 60 people, including 53 medical professionals, with illegally prescribing controlled substances, which further supports the growing sentiment that the indiscriminate prescribing of opioids is the current hot-button item in medicine. The basic standard applied by authorities to individuals...