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A Brief Explanation of Federal Administrative Law

March 27, 2015 Comments off

A Brief Explanation of Federal Administrative Law
Source: Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C.
From email:

The Legislative Research Special Interest Section of the Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C., Inc. ( is pleased to announce the availability of a new website entitled “Federal Administrative Law: A Brief Overview” ( The site, which had been available only in PDF, has been substantially revised and its subheadings, each with numerous links, include the following:

1) A Brief Explanation of Federal Administrative Law,
2) Current Major Federal Government Regulatory Agencies,
3) General Federal Agency Directories,
4) Major Federal Administrative and Rulemaking Laws,
5) Some Other Federal Administrative Laws,
6) Types of Agency Rules and Notices Published in the Federal Register,
7) Federal Rules, Non-Rules and Other Terminology
8) Researching Federal Agency Orders, Decisions, Interpretations, and Letters
9) Selected Administrative Law Treatises
10) Selected Supreme Court Opinions on Federal Administrative Law
11) Selected Web Sites on Federal Administrative Law

The new website is part of LLSDC’s Legislative Source Book website ( where it is linked.

National Association of REALTORS® 2015 Member Safety Report

March 25, 2015 Comments off

2015 Member Safety Report
Source: National Association of REALTORS®

This report contains the results of a survey of REALTORS® which asked about:

  • How safe or unsafe they feel
  • The root causes of any unsafe feelings
  • Steps or procedures they follow to ensure safety
  • What methods of self-defense they use

The goal of the report is to measure and understand the scope of the problem, so that real estate professionals can develop the resources, programs, and technologies they need to keep themselves safe.

New Hepatitis C Treatments: Considerations and Potential Strategies for States

March 24, 2015 Comments off

New Hepatitis C Treatments: Considerations and Potential Strategies for States
Source: National Governors Association

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) convened an expert roundtable to discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by new hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatments and other pharmaceutical therapies known as high-impact drugs. Such drug treatments share the common characteristics of being more effective than prevailing drug therapies, often resulting in a change in clinical practice that includes treating many more people and being much more expensive. Experts participating in the roundtable included state health care leaders, scientists, national health care experts, subject-matter experts from insurance and pharmaceutical companies, Medicaid and corrections legal experts, and senior staff from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This paper summarizes the expert roundtable discussion supplemented by NGA Center research to flesh out the background information and strategies discussed.

The Expanding Role of Pharmacists in a Transformed Health Care System

March 13, 2015 Comments off

The Expanding Role of Pharmacists in a Transformed Health Care System
Source: National Governors Association

Pharmacists practice in a variety of health care settings. Although they are most often associated with dispensing medications in retail pharmacies, their role is evolving to include providing direct care to patients as members of integrated health care provider teams.

Several key challenges and barriers, however, prevent the full integration of pharmacists into health care delivery teams:
restrictive laws and regulations governing CPAs, lack of provider recognition in federal and state law governing compensation of pharmacists who provide direct patient-care services, and limitations on pharmacists’ ability to access health information systems.

States seeking to integrate pharmacists more fully into the health care delivery system can examine state laws and regulations governing the profession to address the challenges to pharmacists practicing to the full scope of their professional training.

The Aging Workforce: Leveraging the Talents of Mature Employees

March 11, 2015 Comments off

The Aging Workforce: Leveraging the Talents of Mature Employees
Source: Society for Human Resource Management Foundation

In most industrialized countries the large Baby Boom generation will be reaching traditional retirement age and leaving the workforce over the next 10-20 years. To respond to this exodus of talent, organizations must recognize the value of mature workers and develop strategies to retain and engage them. Mature workers—generally defined as workers over age 50 or 55– have experience and skills honed during decades of employment. Retaining talented mature workers—and recruiting new ones—is simply good business for most organizations. This report helps you to understand and prepare for these demographic changes so your organization can leverage the mature workforce as a valuable competitive advantage.

Premium rate filing implications of King v. Burwell

March 10, 2015 Comments off

Premium rate filing implications of King v. Burwell (PDF)
Source: American Academy of Actuaries (Letter to Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

On behalf of the American Academy of Actuaries’ Health Practice Council, I would like to urge you to consider implementing measures to counter the potential adverse consequences on health insurance premium rate filings in the event the Supreme Court rules for the petitioners in King v. Burwell . If no action is taken to allow enrollees access to premium subsidies in states participating in the federally facilitated marketplace (FF M ) , there will be fewer individual market enrollees and higher average healt h care costs in those states . As a result, premiums for 2015, which are already in place, and premiums for 2016, which need to be submitted prior to the court’s ruling, would likely be inadequate to cover claims . The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) and state authorities should consider allowing contingent premium rate submissions and/or revised submissions to help mitigate the potential for inadequate 2016 premiums in FFM states .

New Physician Workforce Projections Show the Doctor Shortage Remains Significant

March 5, 2015 Comments off

New Physician Workforce Projections Show the Doctor Shortage Remains Significant
Source: Association of American Medical Colleges

The nation will face a shortage of between 46,000-90,000 physicians by 2025, according to a report released today by the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges). The study, which is the first comprehensive national analysis that takes into account both demographics and recent changes to care delivery and payment methods, projects shortages in both primary and specialty care, with specialty shortages particularly acute.


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