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    René has more than 25 years of experience related to health care law. She focuses her practice in the areas of general health law, Regulatory Compliance, Fraud and Abuse, and False Claims Act matters. René regularly advises health ...

Combatting the opioid epidemic in the U.S. is a top priority for federal and state agencies in 2017. On August 10, 2017, President Donald Trump declared the country’s opioid epidemic a national emergency and committed to expending a lot of time, effort and money to combat the crisis. That same day, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price lauded President Trump for directing his Administration to use all appropriate authority in responding to the opioid crisis.

It is no secret, combatting the opioid epidemic in the U.S. is a top priority for federal and state agencies in 2017.  On August 10, 2017, President Trump declared the country’s opioid epidemic a “national emergency” and committed to expending “a lot” of time, effort and money to combat the crisis.  

On Dec. 7, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) released a final rule (“Final Rule,” see 81 F.R. 88368) modifying certain existing safe harbors to the anti-kickback statute and adding safe harbors that provide new protections or codify existing statutory protections. In the Final Rule, the OIG also amended the definition of ...

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