Alexander Hecht

Alexander Hecht

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Federal Cybersecurity Landscape for 2017

Regardless of who won the presidential election, it was always expected that cybersecurity would continue to be a leading concern for business and government alike. As new cyber threats and the evolution of technology and the...more

1/5/2017 - Cyber Threats Cybersecurity Donald Trump Internet of Things Trump Administration

Monthly TCPA Digest - November 2016

We are pleased to present the latest edition of our Monthly TCPA Digest, providing insights and news related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). This month’s issue features updates on the latest regulatory...more

12/1/2016 - FCC First Amendment Presidential Elections Prior Express Consent TCPA Text Messages Trump Administration

EB-5 Awaits Action in Lame Duck Session of Congress

The EB-5 program has been operating under temporary reauthorizations since late 2015, but could be on the agenda for the post-election lame duck session of Congress. At a minimum we anticipate that there will be another...more

11/7/2016 - EB-5 Lame Duck Session Legislative Agendas

TCPA Update - October 2016

We are pleased to present the latest edition of Monthly TCPA Digest, bringing you insights on TCPA regulatory and legislative updates, class action developments, and trends. If you have suggestions for content you would like...more

11/2/2016 - Covered Entities HIPAA Lame Duck Session Mortgage Bankers Association Prior Express Consent Robocalling Standing TCPA

Part III - TCPA: Legislative Updates - Interest Builds in Congress to Revisit the TCPA

Congressional Hearings on the TCPA - Both the House Energy & Commerce Committee and Senate Commerce Committee have shown interest in updating the TCPA by holding hearings on the law. On September 22nd, the House Energy...more

10/4/2016 - Congressional Committees Legislative Agendas TCPA

Medicaid Managed Care Transitions’ Impact On Brain Injury Waiver Populations

As of June 2015, 24 states utilize a traumatic or acquired brain injury waiver,1 as provided under section 1915(c) of the Social Security Act, which are designed to help individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) live in...more

9/9/2016 - Affordable Care Act Beneficiaries CMS HCBS Waivers MCOs Medicaid Social Security Act Traumatic Brain Injuries Waivers

Monthly TCPA Digest - August 2016

In light of the continued compliance and litigation challenges presented by the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Mintz Levin’s TCPA and Consumer Calling Practice team have launched an inaugural newsletter to keep you...more

8/26/2016 - Article III Bipartisan Budget Act Debt Collection Declaratory Rulings Exceptions FCC Federal Debt Collection Injury-in-Fact Public Schools Public Utility Robocalling Standing TCPA

Health Care Congressional Outlook for the June Work Period

The next six weeks are shaping up to be the final work period before the summer recess, with both chambers scheduled to leave DC by July 15th for party conventions followed by the August recess. The National Defense...more

6/7/2016 - 21st Century Cures Initiative Affordable Care Act Legislative Agendas Mental Health Opioid Zika

House To Take Up Opioid Legislation, But Does Senate Have Enough Time

Last month, the House Energy and Commerce Committee (E&C) advanced eleven opioid-related pieces of legislation. While the House version of the Senate-passed Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA) has yet to...more

5/10/2016 - Drug & Alcohol Abuse Legislative Agendas Opioid Prescription Drugs

Health Care Update - April 2016

FDA Reform Tops Spring Work Period Agenda - The next work period basically runs from April 4 to May 27, with a both chambers adjourning for a week long recess the week of May 2nd. Following this work period, there will...more

4/6/2016 - Biosimilars CMS Drug Pricing FDA HELP Medicaid NDAA

Health Care Congressional Outlook for the Spring Word Period

The next work period basically runs from April 4 to May 27, with both chambers adjourning for a week long recess the week of May 2. Following this work period, there will be five weeks left on the legislative calendar before...more

4/5/2016 - 21st Century Cures Initiative Congressional Committees Drug Pricing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Home Healthcare Workers Legislative Agendas Medicare Advantage Mental Health NDAA Water Zika

Senate Help Committee Eyes Mental Health, Substance Use Package

This morning, the Senate HELP Committee will hold an executive session regarding the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016, a comprehensive mental health package negotiated in part by the Senate HELP Committee and the...more

3/16/2016 - Drug & Alcohol Abuse HELP Mental Health Prescription Drugs Proposed Legislation

Health Care Update - March 2016

Senate HELP Committee Set for Second Mark Up on Cures Effort - This week, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) will hold its second legislative mark-up on its counterpart to the...more

3/8/2016 - Affordable Care Act CMS Drug & Alcohol Abuse EHR ERISA FDA Food Labeling GMO HELP Legislative Agendas Medicaid Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization (MACRA) Prescription Drugs SCOTUS

Health Care Update - February 2016 #5

Congress Expected to Vote on Opioid Legislation - This week, Congress will consider the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). CARA would be the first step the Senate has taken in 2016 to address the opioid...more

3/2/2016 - Affordable Care Act Legislative Agendas Medicare Part B Open Enrollment Prescription Drugs Substance Abuse Telehealth

Health Care Update - February 2016 #4

What to Expect from Congress this Work Period - The next Hill work period basically runs from February 22nd to March 23rd. As Congress returns, here’s a brief look at the pending health care issues on the radar for this...more

2/23/2016 - Affordable Care Act CMS FDA Federal Budget Hospitals Justice Scalia Legislative Agendas Medicaid Medicare Advantage Physicians Prescription Drug Coverage Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) Substance Abuse

Health Care: What's on the Radar for This Congressional Work Period

The next Hill work period basically runs from February 22 to March 18. As Congress returns, here’s a brief look at the pending health care issues on the radar for this work period....more

2/22/2016 - Drug & Alcohol Abuse FDA Federal Budget Healthcare Legislative Agendas Mental Health Nominations

Health Care Update - February 2016 #3

The Administration is Ramping Up Drug Pricing Response - The President’s budget makes clear for all to see that the Administration wants to do something related to drug pricing. Unfortunately for the Administration,...more

2/17/2016 - 60-Day Rule Affordable Care Act CMMI CMS Congressional Committees Drug Pricing FDA Federal Budget Justice Scalia Overpayment Prescription Drugs Proposed Legislation SCOTUS Substance Abuse Zika

Health Care Update - February 2016 #2

Martin Shkreli Not the Big Story on the Hill Last Week - Congress’s complex relationship with prescription drugs was on display last week in the House of Representatives. In the House Committee on Oversight and...more

2/16/2016 - Affordable Care Act Biosimilars BPCIA Cancer CDC CMS Congressional Investigations & Hearings Drug Pricing GDUFA Martin Shkreli Mental Health Prescription Drugs Telemedicine Zika

Health Care Update - February 2016

Are Lawmakers and Stakeholders Ready for the Silver Tsunami? - Last week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a projection that shows Medicare enrollment will grow by more than 30 percent in the next decade...more

2/16/2016 - ACOs Affordable Care Act Alternative Payment Models (APM) Congressional Budget Office Drug Pricing Elder Issues FCC FDA Healthcare Costs Medical Debt Medicare Mental Health Prescription Drugs Substance Abuse TCPA Telemedicine

Telemedicine Momentum Picking up Steam as New Legislation Introduced in U.S. Senate

On February 3, 2016, a bipartisan group of Senators led by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) have unveiled legislation that would expand the use of telemedicine and remote patient monitoring under...more

2/4/2016 - Alternative Payment Models (APM) Healthcare Costs Medicare Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization (MACRA) Proposed Legislation Telemedicine

Washington Outlook for 2016

Welcome to 2016 and our annual look at what’s in store for the United States Congress in the coming year. Here you will find a preview of the US legislative agenda as well as a look at the Obama Administration’s regulatory...more

1/23/2016 - Energy Policy Federal Budget Foreign Policy International Tax Issues Legislative Agendas Obama Administration Presidential Elections Students

Health Care Update - January 2016

ML Strategies Publishes 2016 Legislative Outlook - The ML Strategies 2016 Legislation Outlook is now available! The first session of the 114th Congress marked a productive year for Congress, with passage of numerous...more

1/20/2016 - Affordable Care Act Legislative Agendas Omnibus Guidance Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR)

Health Care Update - December 2015

Cadillac Tax Repeal Garners Bipartisan Support; Prospects for Implementation Delay Increase - Last week, the Senate passed its reconciliation package by a vote of 52-47, sending it back to the House for approval and...more

12/9/2015 - Affordable Care Act Cadillac Tax Congressional Investigations & Hearings Drug Pricing FDA Medical Devices OIG Prescription Drugs Tax Extenders Telemedicine

EB-5 Regional Center Program Update: As Deadline for Expiration Approaches, Congressional Action Likely

Now just days away from the December 11th expiration of a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) that has been funding federal activities since the start of the current fiscal year on October 1st, Congress is feverishly...more

12/5/2015 - Continuing Resolution EB-5 EB-5 Regional Centers Federal Budget Immigrant Investor Program Reauthorization

Health Care Update - November 2015 #3

Drug Pricing Issues Heat Up Following HHS Forum - Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hosted a forum on prescription drug costs which featured players from every corner of the industry, including...more

11/25/2015 - 21st Century Cures Initiative Affordable Care Act American Medical Association CMS Drug Pricing FDA HHS Laboratory Developed Tests Prescription Drugs Telemedicine

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