On May 16, 2024, the California Office of Health Care Affordability (“OHCA”) released proposed emergency regulations to update its existing rules for the reporting of certain health care transactions to OHCA for consideration of whether a Cost and Market Impact Review (“CMIR”) is warranted under the California Health Care Quality and Affordability Act. The current CMIR regulations became effective January 1, 2024, for transactions with a proposed closing date on or after April 1, 2024.Continue Reading Update on California Health Care: Cost and Market Impact Regulations

On April 29, 2024, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a Final Rule amending regulations to make explicit that in vitro diagnostic products (IVDs) are devices under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act including when the manufacturer of the IVD is a laboratory. Under the new rule, the FDA will phase out its laboratory developed test (LDT) enforcement discretion policy over a four-year period. The phaseout policy “applies to IVDs that are manufactured and offered as LDTs by laboratories that are certified under CLIA[1] and that meet the regulatory requirements under CLIA to perform high complexity testing, and used within such laboratories, even if those IVDs do not fall within FDA’s traditional understanding of an LDT because they are not designed, manufactured, and used within a single laboratory.”Continue Reading Discretion No More: FDA’s New Final Rule Regulating Laboratory Developed Tests

On November 28, 2023, the California Office of Health Care Affordability (“OHCA”) submitted proposed emergency regulations (the “Regulations”) on the reporting of certain transactions involving health care entities for review by the California Office of Administrative Law, the final step in the regulation process. The final Regulations, reflecting changes in response to public comments and those proposed by the Office of Administrative Law, were released on December 18, 2023, and will apply as of January 1, 2024, to covered transactions with a proposed closing date on or after April 1, 2024. Earlier articles covered the draft regulations and revised regulations, which parallels similar reporting regulations in nine other states, including Massachusetts, Washington, and Oregon. New York is proposing similar regulations for adoption in 2024.

This article will comment on the most recent changes to the Regulations and certain practical issues that must be considered in future transactions that will be subject to the reporting regime and cost and market impact reviews (“CMIR”).Continue Reading California Health Care Transaction Reporting Regulations Update

In July of this year, the California Office of Health Care Affordability (“OHCA”) released draft regulations requiring the advance reporting of certain healthcare transactions that could affect the cost of healthcare or adversely impact the healthcare market in California. These reporting requirements implement provisions of amendments to the California Health and Safety Code enacted in 2022, which authorized OHCA to review proposed transactions and, if appropriate, undertake a detailed cost and market impact review (“CMIR”) to determine the potential impact on the health care economy of California.Continue Reading Revised California Regulations for Reporting Health Care Transactions

On July 31, 2023, the California Office of Health Care Affordability (“OHCA”) released draft regulations concerning pre-transaction review of so-called “Material Change Transactions” as part of its legislative mandate to review transactions which could have potential impacts on the costs of health care in the State of California.  When approved, final regulations would be effective January 1, 2024. The draft regulations contemplate a dramatic expansion of state review of transactions affecting health care services.  The draft regulations are to be discussed at a public regulatory workshop to be convened by OHCA on August 15, 2023, at its Sacramento offices. OHCA will accept public comments on the draft regulations through August 31, 2023, submitted to CMIR@HCAI.CA.GOV.Continue Reading New Regulations on Health Care Transactions in California

Governor Laura Kelly signed Executive Order 20-26 which provides liability protections and regulatory flexibility for health care providers in the state of Kansas. The order went into effect on April 22nd and remains in effect until May 31st or until the COVID-19 state of emergency is declared over. The six page document eases regulatory requirements related to health care delegation and supervision as well as increases the pool of health care workers. Further, health care providers will be protected against liability for death or personal injury in response to COVID-19 care.
Continue Reading Kansas Governor Issues Protections for Health Practitioners and Expands Health Workforce