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Blog: Lawmakers Release New Version Of 21st Century Cures Legislation

Yesterday, a bipartisan group of representatives from the House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee released a new discussion draft of the 21st Century Cures initiative. ...more

Cybersecurity Legislation Passes In The House

As an update to last week’s article, Congress To Take Up Major Cybersecurity Legislation During “Cyber Week”, the House passed H.R. 1560 and H.R. 1731. These Acts will now be combined and sent as a package to the Senate....more

Why the Grace Period Restoration Act Is a Bad Idea

Representatives Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Conyers (D-MI) have introduced the “Grace Period Restoration Act of 2015? (H.R. 1791) to “correct the drafting problem in the Leahy-Smith American Invents Act relating to the grace...more

Data Breach Legislation – Creating a Federal Standard

Whatever your political viewpoints may be on the dividing line between federal and state responsibilities, or the interpretation of the 10th Amendment to our Constitution, there is no question the Framers saw an important...more

Cybersecurity Workforce Measures Present Business Opportunities

As part of the federal government’s efforts to address cybersecurity needs in our age of state-sponsored hacking and other high-profile data breaches, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will soon undertake a...more

Medical Device Trade Group Pens Letter in Opposition to Innovation Act

The Medical Device Manufacturers Association (“MDMA”) has been vocal in lobbying Capitol Hill for what they consider “necessary changes” to patent law for continuing medical device innovation.  Part of that lobbying has...more

Product Law: Legal regime for electronic products in Germany set to change

By way of the Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Directive 2012/19/EU; so-called WEEE Directive), the EU has required its Member States to adapt their electrical and electronic equipment law until 2014....more

Washington State Amends Breach Notification Law to Expand Notification Requirements

On April 23, 2015, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed into law a bill strengthening the state’s data breach notification law (amending Wash. Rev. Code §§ 19.255.010 and 42.56.590 and creating a new section). H.B....more

Student Privacy In Online Educational Services

The commercial use of data mined by providers of online educational services, such as Internet homework portals, digital grade books for teachers, and student e-mail programs, continues to be a hot topic on numerous fronts. ...more

Massachusetts Legislation Proposes Cost Disclosures and Price Caps for Prescription Drugs

The Massachusetts Legislature is currently considering Senate Bill 1048, “An Act to Promote Transparency and Cost Control of Pharmaceutical Drug Prices.” The bill, sponsored by State Senator Mark Montigny, Vice Chair of the...more

Washington State Amends Data Breach Law

Passage of H.B. 1078 sets a 45-day notification deadline, adds additional notice requirements Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed H.B. 1078 into law on April 23, revising the state’s data breach notification statute and...more

California's Bet on Precision Medicine

California sees opportunities in personalized medicine. Earlier this month, Governor Brown announced the creation of a two year initiative – California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine to “begin building...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Explores Post-Acute Bundling…CMS Releases First-ever Hospital Compare Star Ratings…Fiscal Year 2016 Proposed Inpatient and Long-term Care Hospital Policy and Payment Changes....more

Blog: Medical Device Tax Repeal Shows Signs of Life

Despite making it a priority following the 2014 elections, Congress has not been able to move legislation repealing the medical device tax. However, recent developments show that Congress may finally be making progress....more

SGR Legislation Includes Gainsharing Fix and More Anti-Fraud Measures

The legislation repealing the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula (SGR), signed by President Obama on April 16, 2015, contained several anti-fraud related provisions that affect the health care industry. The provision...more

Five Things to Know About the Medicare SGR Fix

H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), was signed into law by President Obama on April 16, 2015. A broad bipartisan compromise measure, MACRA repeals the much-maligned sustainable growth rate (SGR)...more

House Passes the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act

Following Wednesday’s approval of the Protecting Cyber Networks Act (H.R.1560) (“PCNA”), the House of Representatives passed the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act (H.R. 1731) (“NCPAA”) on Thursday, a move...more

House Passes Cybersecurity Information Sharing Bills

On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, the House passed H.R. 1560, the Protecting Cyber Networks Act, sponsored by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), with Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-CA) as lead cosponsor. ...more

House passes bipartisan bill with liability protections for sharing cyber threat data

In the wake of huge data breaches in the last year, multiple pieces of legislation have been introduced in the past few months relating to cybersecurity and the sharing of information between public and private entities in...more

Virginia first state to create cyber sharing organization

While the federal government grapples with multiple pieces of legislation aimed at sharing information on cyber threats, it is not surprising that states will now get into the fray....more

New Executive Order Allows for Sanctions Related to Cybersecurity

On April 1, 2015, President Obama issued a groundbreaking Executive Order (E.O.) enabling the United States to sanction persons that have (1) participated in malicious cyber-enabled activities constituting a “significant...more

House Passes New Cybersecurity Legislation Amidst Growing Pressure from Industry

The House of Representatives passed the Protecting Cyber Networks Act (H.R.1560) (“PCNA”) yesterday, amidst growing pressure from industry to enact legislation that would help companies harden key infrastructure and respond...more

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Speaks about Cybersecurity at RSA Conference

As cyber week continues in Washington, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler traveled to the west coast to speak about cybersecurity at the RSA Conference in San Francisco. Wheeler noted that the FCC has...more

Latest Spike in Prescription Drug Spending Prompts OIG Investigation

A new report released by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics shows that U.S. spending on pharmaceuticals increased in 2014 by 13.1 percent, reaching $373.9 billion. This is the highest increase since 2001 when drug...more

EPA Announces Timeline For Renewable Fuel Standards

On April 10, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lodged with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia a proposed consent decree to resolve litigation challenging the delay in issuing Renewable...more

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