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New Jersey Finalizes New Rule to Set a “Gift Ban” to Cap Physician-Pharma Relationships

On December 22, 2017, the New Jersey Attorney General finalized new rules governing physician interactions with pharmaceutical companies. Titled "Limitations on and Obligations Associated with Prescriber Acceptance of Compensation From Pharmaceutical Manufacturers," the Rule sets a $10,000 yearly cap on the amount, through contracts and payments, that a prescriber may accept from manufacturers in a calendar year for "bona fide services." Additionally, the Rule subjects physicians to a cap on...

Nursing Homes Now Forced to Comply with New Phase of CMS Final Rule Participation Requirements

On November 28, 2017, the second phase of a three-part implementation of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) Final Rule went into effect, revising certain participation requirements for Long Term Care (LTC) facilities. The original CMS Final Rule that became effective in November 2016 had already marked a major change to participation and survey requirements for skilled nursing facilities (SNF) and nursing facilities (NF).  This second phase only...

Iowa Board of Pharmacy Implements New Requirements for Non-Resident Pharmacies Seeking Registration

On January 1, 2018, new rules recently approved by the Iowa Board of Pharmacy (Board) will become enforceable, affecting nonresident pharmacies that are licensed, or seeking to become licensed, with the state. In particular, the State will now require that every nonresident pharmacy seeking to deliver, dispense, or distribute prescription drugs or devices to an ultimate user in Iowa, must ensure that its Pharmacist-in-Charge (PIC) is registered with the state....

NY Hospital Management Company Settles for $4 Million for Alleged FCA Violations Arising from Failure to Document Physician Arrangements in Writing

On September 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that MediSys Health Network Inc. (MediSys), a New York management company that owns and operates Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and Flushing Hospital and Medical Center, agreed to pay $4 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by engaging in improper financial relationships with referring physicians. The underlying lawsuit was filed by Dr. Satish Deshpande...

ACP Releases Revised Guidelines for the Prescribing of Opioids for Chronic Back Pain

On Monday February 13th, the American College of Physicians (ACP) published updated clinical guidelines relating to chronic low back pain, revising its previous recommendations to suggest that practitioners opt for noninvasive treatments rather than a defaulting to the use of medication as a first line of therapy. The ACP conducted various trials and reviews targeting adults with acute, subacute or chronic low back pain and  recommended generally that clinicians should...