The July issue of Health Care News reports on heavy-handed efforts by the Department of Health and Human Services to force the ouster of Forest Laboratories CEO Howard Solomon--the first time the federal government has used an arcane provision of the law permitting it to exclude individuals or entities who commit certain crimes from dealing with the federal government. While Forest Labs had entered into a plea agreement with the feds in a case concerning its marketing of antidepressant drugs, Solomon was never charged or implicated in the proceedings in any way.
Also in this issue:
- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has proposed a fundamental reform of the state’s Medicaid system to help address his state’s budget deficit.
- A new law in Florida demands expert witnesses be approved by the state before taking the stand in a medical malpractice case.
- Restaurants and other high-end establishments in San Francisco--Nancy Pelosi’s district--have been getting waivers from Obamacare.
- Attempts by Congressional Democrats, led by Sen. Kent Conrad, to offer a budget have resulted in no alternative to Congressman Paul Ryan’s proposals for Medicare and entitlement reform.
- Comparative effectiveness research could result in shorter lifespans and higher costs, according to a new report.
- Disagreements among state officials continue about whether to implement or resist developing state insurance exchanges under Obamacare rules.
- A new law in Maine should allow for several market innovations to offer better insurance options to consumers and employers.
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