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State Telehealth Policy Trends: 2023 Year in Review

Three years following the onset of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), states across the United States continue to enact permanent changes to telehealth laws that impact how physicians and other providers can deliver care remotely. Starting in 2021, states began shifting their focus from the temporary policies implemented during COVID-19 to the assessment of […]

2023 Health Care Enforcement Trends: Spotlight on Consumer Protection, Antitrust and Fraud

In a recent speech, a senior official at the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division noted that “in U.S. antitrust enforcement and competition policy, there is no more important question than what can we do to safeguard competition in the health care industry.” Consistent with this sentiment, 2023 has witnessed an increase in investigations and enforcement […]

Understanding PBM Reform: A Guide to Congress’s Proposals to Enact Federal PBM Reform Legislation

After the enactment of the Inflation Reduction Act, which enables Medicare to negotiate the price of certain prescription drugs, Congress is again attempting to lower the cost of prescription drugs. This time—in a rare bipartisan effort—Congress is focusing on pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). PBMs are third-party “middlemen” contracted by insurance plans to manage prescription drug […]

Will the A.I. Future Be Inclusive?

Many commentators have sounded the alarm about bias in artificial intelligence and other digital technology. But what if such technology could instead be a powerful tool to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion? In her book The Equality Machine, legal and tech scholar Orly Lobel argues that digital technology holds tremendous promise—it can detect discrimination, close pay […]

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Navigating the Mainstreaming of Psychedelic Drugs in the United States

In recent years, an unprecedented level of interest in the promise of psychedelics has taken hold. In the United States, many types of psychedelics are being investigated for use in treating an array of mental health conditions. The U.S. nonprofit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) has announced promising phase 3 clinical trial results for […]

Telehealth Licensure: Emerging State Models of Physician Licensure Flexibility for Telehealth

COVID-19 greatly accelerated the adoption of telehealth, and now three years later, states are exploring new policies to expand or streamline the state licensure process for physicians while ensuring continued authority to regulate and oversee the practice of medicine. In a new webinar, American Medical Association (AMA) President Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH will moderate a panel […]

The Legal, Regulatory and Market Trends Transforming Health Care

From the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) to the overturning of Roe v. Wade to the skyrocketing growth of virtual care, multiple forces are converging to remap the health care landscape. In a new webinar, Manatt Health will draw on the deep-dive legal, policy and market analyses in its Manatt on Health premium information service to […]

Emerging Fraudulent Schemes in Health Care: A Guide to Protecting Plan and Provider Organizations

Over the past few years, there has been tightening enforcement and numerous lawsuits driven by the increasingly complex web of federal and state anti-kickback and anti-inducement statutes. In a new CLE-eligible webinar, Manatt Health will guide plans and providers through the emerging landscape of fraudulent health care schemes—and provide practical answers to the legal questions […]

Achieving Diversity in Clinical Trials: Expanding the Role of Community Hospitals

The inclusion of racial and ethnic groups in clinical trials has been a national priority for decades, but progress toward that goal has been limited. When the COVID-19 pandemic threw into stark relief the underlying inequities in health care access (and therefore in clinical trial access), Congress and the Administration were moved to action. In […]

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