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The FDA's Menu-Labeling Rule

Many restaurants will soon be required to list the calorie count of the food they sell.  JUNE 25, 2015
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The FDA's Sentinel Initiative

The Food and Drug Administration has launched a new system to assess the safety of prescription drugs after they are approved for sale.  JUNE 4, 2015
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Antibiotic Resistance

Because of overuse and misuse, some antibiotics are losing effectiveness against highly resistant bacteria.  MAY 21, 2015
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Medicaid Primary Care Parity

For 2013 and 2014, the federal government raised payment rates to Medicaid primary care providers. Only some states plan to extend the rate increase.  MAY 11, 2015
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Right-to-Try Laws (Updated)

EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier brief was published March 5, 2015.

Some states have passed legislation intended to expand access to experimental treatments for patients with serious or life-threatening conditions.  APRIL 9, 2015
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Right-to-Try Laws

EDITOR'S NOTE: An updated brief was published April 9, 2015.

Some states have passed legislation intended to expand access to experimental treatments for patients with serious or life-threatening conditions.  MARCH 5, 2015
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Risk Corridors (Updated)

EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier brief was published June 26, 2014.

An amendment to the 2015 federal budget continuing appropriation raises a question: Will insurers receive their full 2014 risk corridor payments?  FEBRUARY 19, 2015
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The Two-Midnight Rule

Hospitals are paid differently for treating inpatients versus outpatients. With a new rule, CMS has tried to clarify when it is appropriate to admit someone as an inpatient.  JANUARY 22, 2015
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