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2014 Washington Outlook

In this issue: - Overview - Tax Reform Outlook - Immigration Outlook - Health Care Outlook - Telecommunications Outlook - Energy Outlook - Financial Services Outlook -...more

Congress Wades in to Medical App Oversight

In September 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final guidance regarding its regulation of mobile device medical apps. As expected, it reserved its scrutiny for apps that are truly “medical devices” (because...more

The Download - October 2013

In this issue: - Heard On the Hill - House Bipartisan Working Group Considers Privacy Around the Agencies - New TCPA Rules Effective October 16, 2013 - FTC to Hold Workshop on Native Advertising - New HIPAA...more

House Subcommittee Hears Testimony on Developing Mobile Medical Applications

Nearly one in three cell phone owners have used their phone to look for health information. Approximately 19% of smartphone owners have downloaded a mobile medical application (Medical App). These and many more statistics...more

Minnesota House Commerce Committee Chair Announces 2013 Priorities

House Commerce Committee Chair Designate Joe Atkins has announced his top ten committee topics for the 2013 legislative session. Leading the list, not surprisingly, is health insurance exchange legislation. Passage of HIE...more

President Obama Signs Bipartisan FDA User Fee Legislation

On July 9, 2012, President Obama signed legislation that reauthorizes the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to assess user fees to support the agency’s review of marketing applications for drugs (including biologics)...more

The Regulatory Future of mHealth: FCC, FDA and the United States Congress

As a general matter FDA regulates all medical devices and FCC regulates devices that utilize electromagnetic spectrum - i.e. broadcast devices. So with regard to mobile health devices - sensors, applications, systems - FDA...more

Capital Thinking Update - June 11, 2012

General Legislative The House is not scheduled to be in session next week. The Senate will convene at 2:00 p.m. on Monday to resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.3240, the Farm bill, post-cloture. ...more

House Hearing on Food Marketing to Kids -- Seller Beware

Two subcommittees of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade and the Subcommittee on Health, held a joint hearing last week on the issue of “Food Marketing: Can...more

Facebook Saves Woman's Life: Newt Gingrich and Reality-Based Healthcare Systems Planning

To me, this story does not represent a shining example of the Facebook cure, a "House"-like bit of detective work neatly yielding the result we all knew could be pulled out of the proverbial hat. Instead, it represents yet...more

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