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Showing 4 posts from September 2018.

Last week, California’s Governor, Jerry Brown, signed into law AB 2861, which expands access to behavioral health and substance use providers via telehealth for Medicaid patients.  AB 2861 will expand Medi-Cal reimbursement for services provided via telehealth technology by certain licensed practitioners and certified substance use disorder (“SUD”) counselors. Read More ›

Beginning October 2, 2018, California health care professionals authorized to prescribe, order, administer or furnish controlled substances must consult the state’s prescription drug monitoring database (the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System, or CURES) prior to prescribing, ordering, administering or furnishing Schedule II-IV controlled substances, unless an exemption applies.[1]  The duty to consult takes effect almost two years after the law was initially enacted, and six months after the California Department of Justice (DOJ) certified CURES as ready for statewide use. Read More ›

The Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) recently published a regulation that could dramatically expand the scope of arrangements that are considered health care service plans for which a license is required under the Knox-Keene Act, the legal framework for managed care in California. Read More ›

As of January 21, 2019, the general compliance date for the revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (also known as the Common Rule) approaches, and as entities subject to the Common Rule ramp up efforts to ensure compliance with the revised regulations (referred to as the 2018 Requirements),  it is important to review and understand the new requirements related to informed consent, as well as the underlying policy rationale. Read More ›

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