Healthcare News November 2, 2012

  • House Dem writes bill tightening rules for drug compounders

    Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) is preparing to introduce a bill that would impose stricter regulations on drug compounders.

    Markey’s district includes the Framingham-based New England Compounding Center (NECC), the pharmacy operation linked to 28 meningitis deaths around the country.

    The spate of illnesses has prompted questions about the NECC and other compounders, which reprocess drugs on a large scale to meet patients’ special needs. The firms are not obligated to follow many rules that apply to drug makers, and congressional Democrats have blamed the meningitis outbreak on lax regulations. 

  • Federal court exempts Mich. company from contraception mandate

    The ruling, though narrow, is a small win for social conservatives
    who say the contraception policy violates the First Amendment.

  • Hospitals sue Obama administration for refusing Medicare payments

    The American Hospital Association (AHA) is suing the Obama administration over Medicare payments it says are owed its members.

    Four hospital systems joined the AHA in the suit, filed Thursday. The groups argue that the Department of Health and Human Service breaks the law when it demands that hospitals repay Medicare for services that could have been provided on an outpatient basis.

    “What the federal government is doing is wrong, unfair and a clear violation of federal law,” said Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the AHA, in a statement.  

  • Justice Dept. OKs new arguments in healthcare lawsuit

    The Justice Department said it does not object to a new round of legal arguments over President Obama’s healthcare law.

    In a brief filed with the Supreme Court late Wednesday, the Justice Department said the court should clear the way for a possible new hearing in the lawsuit filed by Liberty University.

    Although the Supreme Court has already ruled that the healthcare law’s individual mandate is constitutional, Liberty has asked for a new hearing because it challenged the mandate on different grounds.

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