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In this episode of the Diagnosing Health Care PodcastWill the reclassification of marijuana from a Schedule I to a Schedule III drug disrupt the cannabis marketplace? What consequences must industry stakeholders consider if the Drug Enforcement Administration's proposal becomes a reality?

On this episode, special guests Anthony Minniti, a New Jersey-licensed pharmacist, and Stacey Udell, an accountant with expertise in representing cannabis operators across the United States, join Epstein Becker Green attorney Lisa Gora to discuss the regulatory domino effect and tax implications related to this major potential change to the cannabis industry.

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In our ongoing series of blog posts, we have examined key negotiating points for tenants in triple net health care leases. We also have offered suggestions for certain lease provisions that will protect tenants from overreaching and unfair expenses, overly burdensome obligations, and ambiguous terms with respect to the rights and responsibilities of the parties. These suggestions are intended to result in efficient lease negotiations and favorable lease terms from a tenant’s perspective. In our previous posts, we considered the importance of negotiating initial terms and renewal terms, operating expense provisions, assignment and subletting terms, and maintenance and repair obligations. This latest post focuses on negotiating holdover provisions. Holdover provisions should be carefully negotiated in order to limit a tenant’s liability for expenses arising from unforeseen circumstances.

What happens if a tenant does not vacate on lease expiration without having negotiated a renewal or a new lease? Circumstances may arise which interfere with a tenant’s ability to vacate premises in a timely manner, such as delays in new space being ready for occupancy or delayed or terminated negotiations with respect to a lease for intended new space.

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Distressed businesses are often compared to melting ice cubes or an aircraft in rapid descent. The goal for a distressed business is to get to a transaction before the ice cube melts or the aircraft and ground meet at an unsurvivable speed. New state laws modeled after the federal Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act now require, or will soon require, parties to provide notice of certain health care transactions to state regulators creating additional hurdles for distressed healthcare businesses.

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In April, we shared with you our thoughts on what to consider before opening in or investing in a medical spa, thinking about corporate structure, scope of practice, licenses and registrations, referral restrictions, HIPAA and data privacy, and more. This month, we’re focusing on how states are beginning to regulate in this area, so owners and operators can hit the ground running in terms of compliance—or relax and breathe deep, knowing they are ahead of the plan. 

In March 2024, the state of Rhode Island introduced S 2870, the Medical Spas Safety Act, providing (within the definition of “cosmetic medical procedure”) that:

  • The performance of cosmetic medical services is the practice of medicine and surgery; and
  • A cosmetic medical service shall be performed by a qualified licensed or certified non-physician only if the services have been delegated by a medical director, supervising physician, supervising physician’s assistant (PA) or supervising advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) who is responsible for onsite supervision of services performed.
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On May 25, 2024, Louisiana Governor Jeff Landry signed a bill, SB 276, into law that will classify medications commonly used in pregnancy and to treat stomach ulcers (mifepristone and misoprostol) as controlled substances. The provision classifying mifepristone and misoprostol as controlled substances was added in an amendment to SB 276 to make “coerced” abortions unlawful in the state. The new law is scheduled to take effect on October 1, 2024.

SB 276 represents the first attempt by a state to categorically restrict certain types of medication because they can be used for abortion. Many states have laws restricting the prescription and dispensing of drugs determined to be “abortion-inducing drugs,” but such drugs are only restricted if they are intended to be used to produce an abortion.[1] The laws restricting “abortion-inducing drugs” left open the ability of medical professionals to prescribe these drugs without restriction for non-abortion purposes, such as managing the effects of miscarriage or, in the case of misoprostol, preventing stomach ulcers. Now, due to these drugs’ association with abortion, they will be subject to new restrictions in the state and may impact the treatment of conditions unrelated to abortion.

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In this episode of the Diagnosing Health Care Podcast: Gender-affirming care has become the latest flashpoint in state legislatures and state and federal courts across the nation.

States are divided, with some passing laws that seek to restrict access to gender-affirming care and others aiming to protect access.

What is gender-affirming care? What risks does it pose to providers and patients? On this episode, Epstein Becker Green attorneys Jenny Nelson CarneyLisa Pierce Reisz, and Erin Sutton dissect gender-affirming care: what it is, what it isn't, and what is at stake for everyone involved.

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A major update in cannabis law was announced by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Attorney General (AG) this past Tuesday, April 30, 2024 regarding their intent to ease restrictions on cannabis. The DEA plans to recommend that cannabis be rescheduled as a Schedule III substance under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). This announcement follows mounting federal support over the course of the last few years to reschedule cannabis, which has been listed as a Schedule I substance since 1970.

Although it is possible to change the schedule status of a substance per the CSA via ...

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Negative online reviews are a concern for many businesses—but they present a unique challenge for healthcare providers, who are restricted by federal and state privacy laws in how to respond. Is the answer to have patients sign a form agreeing in advance of treatment not to make or post negative comments? According to a recent decision by a federal judge in Washington State, the approach tried by one plastic and cosmetic surgery practice runs afoul of a little-known federal law called the Consumer Review Fairness Act (“CRFA”). The case presents a cautionary tale for doctors and ...

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Aesthetic services and the medical spa industry have continued to grow over the past few years as clients continue to demand the availability of such cosmetic services. In response, many providers and investors in the health care industry are seeing opportunities to open or invest in a medical spa.

Before opening or investing in a medical spa there are several key elements to be considered:

Corporate Structure

One of the first elements to consider when opening a medical spa is the corporate structure and ownership of the medical spa. Many jurisdictions have “Corporate Practice of ...

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In our ongoing series of blog posts, we examine key negotiating points for tenants in triple net health care leases. We also offer suggestions for certain lease provisions that will protect tenants from overreaching and unfair expenses, overly burdensome obligations, and ambiguous terms with respect to the rights and responsibilities of the parties. These suggestions are intended to result in efficient lease negotiations and favorable lease terms from a tenant’s perspective. In our first two blog posts, we considered the importance of negotiating initial terms and renewal ...

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We recently wrote about proposed Oregon legislation that would have addressed workplace violence in healthcare settings but failed to move forward in the legislature due to concerns about a provision that would have made assault on a hospital worker punishable as a felony.

This was not a concern that troubled the Kentucky legislature, which on March 27, 2024, signed and delivered to the state governor a bill relating to workplace violence against healthcare workers. The Kentucky legislation expands the offense of assault in the third degree perpetrated against a variety of ...

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In our ongoing series of blog posts, we will look at several key negotiating points for tenants in triple net health care leases. We will also offer suggestions for certain lease provisions that will protect tenants from overreaching and unfair expenses, overly burdensome obligations, and ambiguous terms with respect to the rights and responsibilities of the parties. These suggestions are intended to result in efficient lease negotiations and favorable lease terms from a tenant’s perspective. This blog post in our series focuses on the negotiation of operating expense ...

Blogs
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In our upcoming series of blog posts, we will look at several key negotiating points for tenants in triple net healthcare leases. We will also offer suggestions for certain lease provisions that will protect tenants from overreaching and unfair expenses, overly burdensome obligations, and ambiguous terms with respect to the rights and responsibilities of the parties. These suggestions are intended to result in efficient lease negotiations and favorable lease terms from a tenant’s perspective. The first blog post in our series focuses on negotiation of initial terms and ...

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