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The Davis Brown Health Law Blog is dedicated to the legal and business issues facing health care providers. Topics include regulatory developments, employment law updates, and compliance trends of importance to a wide variety of providers, including hospitals, physician practices, surgery centers, long-term care facilities and rural providers.

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CBD and Hemp Products - January 10, 2018

We receive many questions regarding the legality of CBD (cannabidiol) and hemp products in Iowa. While there appear to be widely different views on the legality of CBD, it is currently classified as a Schedule I controlled substance by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency ("DEA"), making it illegal on a federal level. Read More »


A New Form of Authorization: Complying with Confidentiality for Substance Use Disorder Patients - October 26, 2017

Medical facilities may find their internal policies are in need of an update after recent changes to federal regulations relating to the confidentiality of medical records of substance use disorder patients. Read More »


Special termination and reporting considerations for healthcare providers - October 13, 2017

A recent USA Today article spotlights terminations at VA Hospitals across the country, including fining providers apparently accused of poor medical care or in some instances violations of state or federal law. There are special considerations relating to terminations and reporting for healthcare providers. Read More »


Iowa Gun Legislation & Its Impact on Government Health Care Facilities - May 25, 2017

Last month former Governor Branstad signed House File 517 which significantly expands the rights of gun owners in Iowa. The legislation also allows Iowans to sue cities or counties that enact "gun-free zones." Specifically, the legislation prohibits a "political subdivision" from enacting an ordinance regulating the ownership, possession, transfer, transportation, registration, or licensing of firearms if otherwise lawful. Read More »


HHS Issues Cyber Threat Warning to US Hospitals and Medical Providers - May 23, 2017

In light of last week's ransomware attacks overseas targeting hospitals and other providers, HHS is notifying providers in the United States of a warning issued by the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) regarding a coordinated, global ransomware attack targeting various organizations, including health care organizations. Read More »


Medicaid in Iowa: What's Next - June 21, 2016

In my previous blog post, I provided a brief history of Medicaid in Iowa, including sharing details on it's current modernization and challenges. In this post, we'll cover what's next for Medicaid members with the move to managed care organizations ("MCOs"). Read More »


Medicaid in Iowa: A Brief History - June 13, 2016

In the short span of two years, the Iowa Department of Human Services designed, implemented and recently completed a plan to transition the vast majority of the 560,000 members in the state's $4.2 billion Medicaid program[1] to private managed care organizations ("MCOs"). Read More »


Get Me A Whistle! Refereeing Family Visitation under the New Rules - May 7, 2015

On April 24, 2015, Governor Branstad signed into law Senate File 306, which amends Iowa Code Chapter 633 to provide for very specific forms of visitation for adult persons who have a guardian. The law limits a guardian from barring visitation by family members and requires court approval for any ban on visitation. Read More »


Health Law Blog: Infectious? Please, Just Go Home! - January 8, 2015

The world can be a scary place. There are risks that you can control, like whether or not you take up bungee jumping or alligator wrestling, and risks you can't control, such as whether or not someone runs a red light or if your cubemate has the flu. Read More »


HIPAA Privacy in Emergency Situations - November 24, 2014

In light of the Ebola outbreak and other events, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, released a bulletin to ensure HIPAA covered entities are aware of the ways in which patient information may be shared under the HIPAA Privacy Rule in an emergency situation Read More »


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