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President Signs the 21st Century Cures Act

21st Century Cures Act Signed by President Obama

21st Century Cures ActOn  December 13, 2016, signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law.  The Cures Act was perhaps the most significant piece of health care related legislation since the passage of the Affordable Care Act.  The Cures Act had strong bi-partisan support in both houses and included a wide variety of miscellaneous provisions that are intended to improve and modernize the health care system.  Perhaps the most forward looking provisions in the Cures Act relate to mental health and substance abuse treatment and advancement of biomedical research.  However, the Cures Act contains numerous subject area revisions that expand well beyond these two areas.  Just a few of the areas covered by the Cures Act include the following:


  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse
  • Funding of Opioid Addiction Services
  • Revising Documentation Related to the Delivery of Health Care Link
  • New OIG Civil Monetary Penalties for Grant Funding or Contracts
  • Revisions to the Site of Service Differential for Off-Campus Provider-Based Departments
  • Changes to Documentation Requirements to Facilitate Electronic Health Record Utilization

These are just of few of the new statutory provisions that were included in the Act.  We will continue to examine the legislation for items of significance, so be sure to check back to the Health Law Blog for more complete coverage of this important legislation.


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