10 recent legislative developments affecting the healthcare industry

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The following is a roundup of recently introduced legislation and legislative developments affecting the healthcare industry.

1. House votes to repeal PPACA
In a 239-186 vote, the GOP-led House passed legislation to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

2. Bill introduced to stop Prime Healthcare from 'dumping' drunken patients
Under a new bill in California, introduced by Sen. Richard Pan, MD, (D-Sacramento), hospitals would be required to treat severely intoxicated patients in the ER before having them arrested.

3. Bill to repeal insurance exchange killed by Colorado House health committee
Legislation that would have repealed the health insurance exchange in Colorado died in the Colorado House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee.

4. CMS plans to trim MU reporting period to 90 days
CMS intends to modify legislation requirements for attesting to meaningful use to reduce the "burden" on providers and still support the long-term goals of the program.

5. New bill introduced to overturn PPACA's individual mandate
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, one of the health reform law's most controversial provisions, would be overturned under recently introduced legislation.

6. California considers banning e-cigarettes in public places
A bill was introduced in California that would ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public places.

7. Legislation aims to streamline interstate physician licensing
Lawmakers in nine states formally proposed legislation to accelerate the licensing process for physicians to practice in multiple states.

8. New rules proposed for health insurers in California
California Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) introduced state legislation that outlines tougher rules for health plans in regard to physician lists.

9. New York City considers legislation to require a physician at youth football games
Legislation was proposed in New York City that would require all youth tackle football games played in the city to have a physician present on the sidelines.

10. Missouri state representative pushes for telehealth coverage in schools
Missouri Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) introduced a bill to make telehealth services more available in schools.

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