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Congressional Health Policy Hearings

Congressional committees have held several hearings this week on health policy issues. On March 24, the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee held a hearing on the 340B drug pricing program....more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Bipartisan, Bicameral Permanent SGR Fix Introduced... House Budget Committee Advances FY2016 Budget Proposal... National Coverage Determinations Proposed for Removal... HHS Releases Proposed Rules on EHR Incentive...more

Montana Tweaks Data Breach Statute

The Big Sky Country’s data breach statute is going to see some small changes come October. On Feb. 27, 2015 Montana Governor Steve Bullock signed H.B. 74 into law, amending the state’s data breach notification statute. Among...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Senate HELP Committee Hosts Hearing on Medical Innovation... HHS Announces Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model... CBO Releases New Long-range Cost Estimates for ACA....more

March Congressional Health Policy Hearings

On March 10, 2015, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing on “Continuing America’s Leadership in Medical Innovation for Patients,” featuring testimony from NIH Director Francis...more

Health Care Update - March 2015 #2

In This Issue: - Senate HELP Begins Innovation for Healthier Americans Hearings - 340B Hearing Postponed; Written Testimonies Shed Light on Agenda - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act -...more

Washington Healthcare Update

1. Congress - House - House Republican Working Group Outlines King v. Burwell “Off-Ramp” Plan The House Republican Health Care Working Group has released an outline of policies they would support if the...more

Mother Nature Axes 340B Hearing, But Written Testimony Survives

Mother Nature claimed another victim this week. The U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health was scheduled to hold a hearing on March 5, 2015 – Examining the 340B Drug Pricing Program. But...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

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Ways and Means Advances Four Health-Related Measures... Senate Commerce Committee Clears Legislation on E-Cigarette Packaging... CMS Pushes Back Deadline on Meaningful Use for Physicians....more

Upcoming House Hearing on 340B Program

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing on Thursday, March 5, 2015 on “Examining the 340B Drug Pricing Program,” focusing on the functionality of the program and the extent to which it meets...more

The U.S. Complaint Against the Government of China in the WTO, Including the Targeting of Chinese Medical Device Manufacturers

On February 11, 2015, the United States filed a complaint before the World Trade Organization (WTO), alleging that certain actions by the national, regional and local governments of the People’s Republic of China are in...more

21st Century Cures Congressional Panel Unveils Medical Technology Proposals

On January 27, 2015, members of the House Commerce and Energy Committee unveiled a set of legislative proposals aimed at speeding up the development of new medical technology. The 21st Century Cures panel, a bipartisan...more

What Does President Obama's $215 Million "Precision Medicine Initiative" Mean for Genetic Privacy?

We have all heard about the burgeoning opportunities tied to the development of precision medicine (also called “personalized medicine”), which includes the use of an individual’s genetic information to design targeted...more

FDA Commisioner Hamburg to Step Down: Ostroff Acting Until New Commissioner Named

On February 5, FDA announced that FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, M.D. has reportedly informed agency colleagues via en e-mail that she will step down as Commissioner at the end of March 2015. ...more

Obama Administration Releases FY 2016 Budget Proposal with Medicare/Medicaid Provisions

On February 2, 2015, the Obama Administration released its proposed federal budget for fiscal year (FY) 2016. The budget would impact all types of health care providers, health plans, and drug manufacturers if adopted as...more

U.S. Congressional Committees Address Drug And Device Approval

As mentioned on our Health Industry Washington Watch blog, committees in both the House of Representatives and Senate last week addressed the speed at which medical innovations are approved and available for patient use. ...more

Details Emerge for President’s Precision Medicine Initiative

Personalized medicine has a friend in high places. President Obama recently announced an initiative to support “precision” or personalized medicine. In very general terms, the President stated during his 2015 State of the...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Upton Releases 21st Century Cures Initiative Legislative Draft... HHS Announces Transition to Alternative Medicare Payment Models... White House Unveils Details of Precision Medicine Initiative in Wake of 2016...more

Securing The Empire State: NYAG Proposes Tougher Data Breach Legislation

In the wake of the White House’s data breach proposal, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced his plan to propose new legislation to enhance New York’s data security regime. The NYAG’s January 15th press...more

President Obama Revisits Interest in Personalized Medicine

President Obama announced during his 2015 State of the Union Address that he is launching a new “precision” or personalized medicine initiative to advance personalized, effective therapies for the American public. As reported...more

Bills to Repeal Medical Device Excise Tax Introduced

Congressman Erik Paulsen (R., Minn.) and Senator Orrin Hatch (R., Utah) recently introduced bills H.R. 160 and S.149, respectively. Both bills are part of an effort to repeal the 2.3% excise tax on medical device...more

New York Attorney General Announces Proposal to Revamp State Data Security Laws

On January 15, 2015, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman indicated that he plans to propose legislation to update New York’s information security laws, including by revising the definition of “private information”...more

Africa Update - January 2014

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from...more

Effects of the New Federal Spending Package on the Health Sector

In mid-December, President Obama signed into law a $1.1 trillion spending bill known as the “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015” or “Cromnibus.”[1] This post explores provisions that relate to the...more

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