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NY Attorney General Sanctions Highlight Need for Higher Standards for mHealth Research and Development

On March 23, 2017, the New York Attorney General’s office announced that it has settled with the developers of three mobile health (mHealth) applications (apps) for, among other things, alleged misleading commercial claims....more

Final Rule Modernizes Substance Use Disorder Patient Record Confidentiality Regulations

On January 18, 2017, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released its long-awaited final rule amending the confidentiality regulations at 42 CFR Part 2 (Part 2) that apply to federally...more

HHS Finalizes Toned-Down Version of Common Rule Overhaul

The Final Rule published by the US Department of Health and Human Services on January 18, 2017, largely avoids major modifications to the Common Rule. However, it specifically addresses creation of biospecimen and data...more

21st Century Cures: A Closer Look

On December 7, 2016, the US Congress enacted the 21st Century Cures Act, substantial legislation intended to accelerate “discovery, development and delivery” of medical therapies by encouraging biomedical research investment,...more

HHS Finalizes Overhaul of Federal Human Subjects Research Protections

In Depth - On January 18, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and 15 other federal agencies issued a final rule overhauling the federal human subjects research regulations known as the “Common Rule.”...more

OMB Reviewing Common Rule Overhaul

On January 4, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) submitted a draft final rule to amend the federal human research regulations to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). These regulations, often...more

21st Century Cures: Modernizing Public and Private Research

The 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law by President Obama on December 13, encourages biomedical research investment and facilitates innovation review and approval processes. Through National Institutes of Health (NIH)...more

21st Century Cures: Tackling the Growing Problem of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

The 21st Century Cures Act encourages biomedical research investment and facilitates innovation review and approval processes, but also serves as a vehicle for a wide variety of other health-related measures, including...more

21st Century Cures: Required Exploration of Telehealth Solutions

President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act on December 13, 2016. The act encourages biomedical research investment and facilitates innovation review and approval processes, but also serves as a vehicle for a wide...more

21st Century Cures: Health Information Technology and Digital Health Tool Provisions in Title IV

The 21st Century Cures Act encourages biomedical research investment and facilitates innovation review and approval processes, but also serves as a vehicle for a wide variety of other health-related measures, including...more

Government Issues New Tool to Help Mobile App Developers Identify Applicable Federal Laws

This week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) released an interactive tool (entitled the “Mobile Health Apps Interactive Tool”) that is intended to help developers identify the federal law(s) that apply to apps...more

SAMHSA Proposes Changes to Substance Use Disorder Treatment Confidentiality Regulations

On February 5, 2015, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) released a long-awaited proposed rule to modify the confidentiality rules that apply to patient identifying information generated by federally...more

Significant Telehealth Expansion Proposed in Bipartisan Senate Bill

Earlier this month, a bipartisan group, led by U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), introduced a bill in the Senate focused on promoting cost savings and quality care under the Medicare program through the use of telehealth...more

FDA Aims to Expand Sentinel Capabilities, Include Evaluation of Drug Effectiveness

At a recent public workshop, Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), announced plans to expand the agency’s use of the Sentinel...more

FDA Releases Draft Guidance on Postmarket Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices

On January 15, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a draft guidance entitled Postmarket Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices (Draft Guidance), which outlines FDA’s recommendations for...more

New HIPAA Privacy Rule Permits Disclosures to Background Check System

On January 6, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule amending the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule to strengthen the current background check...more

1/14/2016  /  Disclosure , Firearms , HHS , HIPAA , Mental Health , NICS , PHI , Popular

HHS Releases Highly Anticipated Proposal to Modernize U.S. Human Subjects Research Protections

In a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) released September 2, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) and 15 other federal departments and...more

White House Releases Draft Privacy Principles for the Precision Medicine Initiative

Six months after the Precision Medicine Initiative’s (Initiative’s) debut, the White House has released a working draft of proposed privacy and trust principles (the Principles) to govern future design and development efforts...more

Start with Security

On June 30, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published “Start with Security: A Guide for Businesses” (the Guide). The Guide is based on 10 “lessons learned” from the FTC’s more than 50 data-security...more

CMS Releases Broad Data on Prescribing Patterns of Physicians and Providers Under Medicare Part D

In a highly anticipated and scrutinized decision, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new public data set on April 30, 2015, that includes detailed data regarding the prescribing patterns of...more

National Roadmap for Health Data Sharing: FTC Advocates Preservation of Privacy and Competition

On April 1, 2015, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), which assists with the coordination of federal policy on data sharing objectives and standards, issued its Shared Nationwide...more

4/17/2015  /  Data-Sharing , FTC , Health Care Providers , HIPAA , ONC , PHI

The Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act: Implications for Human Subjects Research

On March 16, 2015, the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act of 2014 went into effect. The Act reauthorizes funding to improve and expand state-based programs that screen newborns for treatable, serious genetic...more

4/8/2015  /  Funding , Healthcare , New Legislation

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Use of Electronic Informed Consent in Clinical Trials

On March 9, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a draft guidance, Use of Electronic Informed Consent in Clinical Investigations – Questions and Answers, that provides recommendations for clinical...more

A Closer Look at the White House’s Precision Medicine Initiative

On January 20, 2015, as part of his State of the Union address, President Obama announced the upcoming launch of the White House’s Precision Medicine Initiative (Initiative). The Initiative seeks to allocate $215 million in...more

3/5/2015

The Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Redux

On February 27, 2015, the Obama White House released an “Administration Discussion Draft” of its Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2015 (Proposed Consumer Privacy Act). ...more

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