The following is a wake-up call to all employers, especially those in the health care industry, that have adopted “zero tolerance policies.” These policies will increasingly butt up against the tidal wave of laws legalizing the medical and recreational use of marijuana. In a just-decided case, a federal judge in Connecticut issued a ruling in favor of a medical marijuana user whose offer of employment at a nursing home was rescinded after she tested positive for marijuana.
Here are some key health care policy headlines from the past week that you may have missed.
Legislation and Committee Activity
Bloomberg: Opioids Compromise Already in the Works in Congress – Congress is working on a compromise package of bills to fight the opioid crisis and hopes to finish voting on it in the next two weeks. The Senate and House began working on the compromise before the Senate passed its package on Sept. 17, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said. They aim to have the package ready by Sept. 21, he said. Read More
Congress is back in session after the August recess and, as expected, a flurry of activity took place. Here are some key health care policy headlines from the past week that you may have missed.
Foley’s Bipartisan Public Policy Team is pleased to share our Public Policy August Recess Health Care Newsletter in which we compiled the top health care policy news and legislation from this month. The House was not in session and the Senate came back mid-month to focus on passing appropriation bills and presidential nominations.
As telemedicine continues to see significant traction, health care organizations are working to implement telemedicine programs and create technology infrastructures all while working within the current legislative requirements. Foley & Lardner LLP and Ziegler recently had an opportunity to sit down with 15 leaders in telemedicine to discuss the progress, barriers, and return on investment as the industry shifts from infancy to adolescence.