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The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- Republican Frank White Announces Bid for Florida Attorney General- Republican state Representative Frank White announced his candidacy in the open 2018 race for Florida AG. He is also the general counsel...more

Congressional Task Force Issues Report on Cybersecurity in the Health Care Industry

by Polsinelli on

Recently, the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force (the “Task Force”) issued its Report on Improving Cybersecurity in the Health Care Industry (the “Report”). The Task Force, which was created by Congress as part of...more

Latest Developments from the Connecticut General Assembly: The Education Committee Has Spoken - May 2017

We had written earlier about the proposed bills that the General Assembly’s Education Committee voted favorably on and advanced out of committee at its March 8, 2017 meeting. The Committee subsequently voted favorably on a...more

House Bill Would Allow Employers to Require and Access Genetic Testing Results

House bill HR 1313, introduced by Representative Virginia Foxx (R.N.C.), proposes to allow companies to require employees to undergo genetic testing, then allow employers to see the results, and impose financial penalties on...more

Top Trends in Business Law that You Need to Know for 2017

by Fraser Trebilcock on

Macy’s and Kmart are each closing a Lansing, Michigan location – but did you know that in general, retail spending is up? It’s easier than ever to collect customer data, but business owners beware: you need to...more

Privacy and Information Security a Top Priority in California under Xavier Becerra

by Fisher Phillips on

Governor Jerry Brown’s selection of Congressman Xavier Becerra to succeed (now Senator) Kamala Harris as the new Attorney General of California was a surprising move that brings into power in California a seasoned advocate of...more

Substance Use Disorder Treatment Providers: Time for a Compliance Check

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

On January 18, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration ("SAMHSA"), an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, issued a Final Rule amending the Confidentiality of Alcohol and...more

Chairman Goodlatte Outlines Sweeping Agenda for House Judiciary Committee

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

With Washington undergoing a transformation the likes of which has not been seen in decades, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte recently outlined his committee’s priorities for the 115th Congress. Speaking at an...more

Health Care E-Note - Februaury 2017

by Burr & Forman on

Ransomware: A Reportable Breach? In the past several years, a huge increase has occurred in the number of electronic attacks in the United States using ransomware, a form of malware that targets and encrypts critical...more

FDA Devices Center Issues Multiple Guidances in the Obama Administration’s Final Months

by Morgan Lewis on

A flurry of regulatory activity preceded the transition in administration on January 20. Anticipating that the new administration would impose a regulatory slowdown, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s or the...more

SAMHSA Finalizes Its Changes to the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records Regulations

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Executive Summary - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), recently finalized its changes to the...more

Final Rule Issued on Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

President Donald Trump’s 60-day hold on rules that are published in the Federal Register, but are not yet effective, may impact the recently released update to the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records...more

Issue 103: Bi-Partisan Legislation Passed by Lame Duck Congress

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On December 7th, Congress passed a bi-partisan bill covering a number of topics in the health care area, intended to address perceived discrete problems with the current legislative landscape. President Obama is expected to...more

2016 Health Care Year in Review

by Burr & Forman on

Since I began writing this year-end review in 2013, there have been some common themes – a shift to pay for quality and away from fee-for service, much of which has been brought about by the Affordable Care Act (ACA): efforts...more

Five Key Issues Impacting Health Care Employers

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Employers in the health care industry are likely to face significant changes under President-elect Donald J. Trump’s administration and should expect a healthy dose of uncertainty for the next few months. During his campaign,...more

21st Century Cures Act Includes Prohibition on Information Blocking and Mandates for Additional HIPAA Guidance

On November 30, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives voted strongly in favor of the 21st Century Cures Act (the Act), an expansive health bill that addresses the discovery and development of new medical therapies as well...more

Washington Healthcare Update

by McGuireWoods LLP on

This Week: Congress remains in recess, but members write letters on Mylan’s EpiPen…CBO says repealing Part B Demo would cost $395 million…CMS releases data on hospice utilization and finds spending and utilization vary in...more

Illinois Revises Data Privacy Statute

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Earlier this year, Illinois enacted a number of changes to the Illinois Personal Information Protection Act (“PIPA”). The amendments to PIPA, among other things, expand the definition of personal information subject to...more

Illinois Authorized Electronic Monitoring in Long-Term Care Facilities Act: Proposed Amendments

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Effective January 1, 2016, Illinois now permits residents or families of residents in long-term care facilities to install cameras or other electronic monitoring devices (audio and visual) in resident rooms. Illinois'...more

Cybersecurity News & Notes – July 2016 #4

In Case You Missed It: U.S. Major party platforms address cybersecurity. The two major parties have released their 2016 election platforms, both of which include cybersecurity planks. The Republican platform’s perspective...more

House of Representatives Approves Mental Health System Reform Bill

by Reed Smith on

The House of Representative has overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan bill (H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act) to reform the nation’s mental health care system. Key provisions of the legislation...more

Recent Congressional Hearings

by Reed Smith on

Congressional committees held hearings on a wide variety of on health policy issues this month before going on summer recess. Notable hearings include the following...more

Illinois data breach law amended and includes new twists

Governor Bruce Rauner signed several new provisions into law amending Illinois’ Personal Information Privacy Act, including health insurance and medical information into the definition of personal information that triggers...more

Energy & Commerce Committee Approves Mental Health System Reform Bill

by Reed Smith on

The House Energy & Commerce Committee has unanimously approved an amended version of H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, which is intended to reform the nation’s mental health care system. Among other...more

House Energy And Commerce Committee Reviews Cybersecurity Practices At HHS

by King & Spalding on

On May 25, 2016, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing to examine the Department of Health and Human Services’ (“HHS”) cybersecurity responsibilities. The hearing focused on legislation that...more

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