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Healthcare & Life Sciences

09 October 2019
José Alberto Campos Vargas Challenges of providing telemedicine services

Mexico - Sanchez DeVanny Eseverri SC

Technology is developing rapidly and it generally takes the legislature years to catch up. This is particularly true in the healthcare industry, where regulations are struggling to keep up with the development of health-related technology. This situation has put Mexico in a difficult position. On the one hand, health-related technology is widely available to the general population. However, Mexico also faces numerous challenges, as it cannot quickly and efficiently regulate the use of emerging technologies.

Author: José Alberto Campos Vargas
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Andreas Wildi New measures to combat rising costs in public healthcare sector

Switzerland - Walder Wyss

The Federal Council recently adopted new measures to combat rising costs in the public healthcare sector. With this first set of measures, the Federal Council intends to provide all stakeholders with the instruments needed to reduce costs and expects to save several hundred million Swiss francs annually.

Author: Andreas Wildi
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Jaime L M Jones DOJ defends Medicare Advantage upcoding claims against Sutter

USA - Sidley Austin LLP

The US government recently filed a brief in opposition to Sutter Health's motion to dismiss the Department of Justice's (DOJ's) complaint in intervention in a False Claims Act suit alleging that Sutter had knowingly submitted and caused the submission of unsupported diagnosis codes for Medicare Advantage organisation patients in order to inflate Medicare reimbursement. The brief reinforces the DOJ's increasingly aggressive enforcement of the Medicare Advantage space under the False Claims Act.

Authors: Jaime L M Jones, Scott D Stein, Jennifer M Haney
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Andreas Wildi Federal Council clarifies use of personal data in compulsory healthcare insurance

Switzerland - Walder Wyss

Author: Andreas Wildi
Rainer Herzig Alternative medical treatments and compassionate use

Austria - Preslmayr Attorneys at Law

Author: Rainer Herzig
Meenakshi Datta Government will allow broader use of co-pay accumulator programmes for 2020

USA - Sidley Austin LLP

Authors: Meenakshi Datta, Donielle McCutcheon, Kat Makielski, Corbin T Santo
Abigail Smith Countdown begins: getting ready for new patented medicines pricing regime

Canada - Smart & Biggar

Authors: Abigail Smith, Daphne Lainson
Fabian Huber MDR and medical software: liability under German law

Germany - Simmons & Simmons LLP

Authors: Fabian Huber, Caroline von Nussbaum