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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

Health Care Update - December 2014 #5

In This Issue: - Hospital-Acquired Infections Hit Hospitals’ Bottom Line - Will a new treatment option for hepatitis C bring down health care costs? - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act -...more

Illinois Legislature Passes Anti-Markup Law Applicable to Pathology Services

Last Thursdday both chambers of the Illinois legislature voted to override the Governor’s amendatory veto and passed Public Act 098-1127, which prohibits a physician from charging a markup on anatomic pathology services if...more

Will the Mid-Term Elections Help Telemedicine Reimbursement?

Our recent survey of senior-level health care executives reinforced that lack of reimbursement remains the primary barrier to providers in adopting telemedicine services. Of our respondents, 41 percent indicated that their...more

The Medical Device Tax in the Wake of 2014 Midterm Elections

Repeal of the medical device tax has seen frequent news coverage since the tax’s enactment in 2010 as part of the Affordable Care Act. The tax, which went into effect in January, 2013, imposes a 2.3% sales tax on a range of...more

Health Care Update - October 2014 #4

In This Issue: - Ebola Response Taking a Multifaceted Approach - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Other Congressional Initiatives - Other...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update

In the past week, CMS has released several advisories including updates to the rating system for nursing homes, premium and deductible information for Medicare Part B and Part D for 2015, Pioneer ACO results, payment dispute...more

Africa Update - October 2014 #2

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

At Last – Long-awaited Health Reform Reconciliation Bill Released

Today House Democratic Leadership released the legislative text of the Reconciliation Act of 2010, sponsored by House Budget Chairman John Spratt. The bill amends a number of provisions in the Senate-passed “Patient...more

Lame Duck Preview

With the November elections looming, the House and Senate completed their work last week before departing Washington to campaign, leaving any remaining legislative work for the post-election lame duck session. The brief work...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update September 2014

Congress is back in session, and work on a Continuing Resolution is underway. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is back center stage with House Republicans attaching a medical device tax repeal provision to a jobs package set for...more

Health Care Update - September 2014 #2

In This Issue: - National Health IT Week Begins Today - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Other Congressional and State Initiatives - Other Health Care...more

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