Federal Regulatory

October 15 deadline to have EMV credit card processing equipment

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Because of the rapid increase in credit card fraud, card issuers in the U.S. are now migrating to the more secure EMV chip card payment technology that has been in use for years in places like Europe and Canada. Europay, MasterCard, Visa (EMV), are the three card associations that have developed the EMV standards. Discover and American Express have also become part of this agreement. Benefits of EMV chip cards include a reduced risk of fraud for your practice and your...

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Tell Congress to level the playing field for small businesses

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Legislation introduced by a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators requires online retailers to collect sales taxes owed on purchases just as local brick-and-mortar retailers are required to do. Customers may not realize that they owe sales taxes on their purchases even when online retailers don’t collect it. When online retailers fail to collect sales taxes they gain an unfair advantage over local businesses which in turn threatens jobs and hurts small businesses, including veterinary practices. Online companies that sell pet medicine,...

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DEA approves easier methods of disposing controlled drugs

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The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) announced earlier this week that beginning October 9, 2014, practitioners and their clients will have more options for secure disposal of controlled substances. New convenient disposal methods that clients can use will include mail-back programs, authorized take-back events and collection receptacle locations. The DEA’s new rules are aimed at reducing the prescription drug abuse epidemic by getting drugs out of homes safely. According to the AVMA, what will impact practitioners directly is the deletion of the...

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U.S. House passes the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act

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The House passed H.R. 1528, the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act on July 8, bringing it one step closer to the president’s desk. The bill will make it legal for veterinarians to transport and use controlled substances outside of their registered locations, often their clinics or homes. The Senate passed its version of the bill early this year. Going forward, the Senate will either have to pass the House’s version of the bill (H.R. 1528), or the House will have to pass...

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The AVMA asks veterinarians to support equine welfare legislation

  |   Federal Regulatory, Uncategorized

When it comes to horses, no one can underestimate the pivotal role they have played in helping to advance society and move us in exciting, new directions. Now, as these beautiful creatures are mostly used for pleasure or show, it is up to us to ensure that they are protected from harm. H.R. 1518/S. 14-6 the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Actwill make the act of soring illegal. Additionally, it will overhaul the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s oversight and enforcement capabilities...

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Supreme Court to review power of state licensing boards

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The U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will consider the extent to which state licensure boards are subject to federal antitrust laws. In the case, North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that decisions of the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners related to unauthorized and unlawful practice are subject to federal antitrust law.  The dental board had sent cease-and-desist letters to non-dentist teeth-whitening providers, finding that they engaged...

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Veterinary Mobility Act one step closer to passage

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On April 3, the US House Energy and Commerce Committee approved H.R. 1528 Veterinary Mobility Act which if passed, would allow veterinarians to legally transport, dispense or administer controlled substances in the field. The bill will now move on to the full House. AVMA reports their hope that the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee will come to an agreement so that when the House passes HR 1528, the bill can go to the President. The Senate...

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