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Senate opts for “Step by Step” approach for innovation legislation

Tuesday, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee announced  that he will pursue a “step by step” approach to crafting major biomedical innovation legislation.  This is a marked departure from both the House-passed 21st Century Cures bill and the previously announced Senate plan.

White House Publishes Precision Medicine Initiative Privacy Guidelines

*This post is co-authored by Vince Sampson On Monday, the White House released its Privacy and Trust Principles (the “Principles”) for the Precision Medicine Initiative (“PMI”).  PMI is a federal initiative announced in the 2015 State of the Union to support research, technology, and policies to empower all parts of […]

States Strengthen Laws Addressing Health Information Handling and Breach Response

Connecticut and Oregon were recently added to the increasing list of states  adopting stricter laws addressing the handling of health information and penalties in connection with breaches of health information.  Both states amended their respective data security and breach notification laws and they will now levy stricter requirements on entities that store or […]

Updated Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Information Released by ONC and OCR

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in collaboration with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently released its new updated guidance for the privacy and security of electronic information.  The Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information (the Guide), last published in 2011, is […]

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. Last week the Senate Finance Committee, Subcommittee on Health Care, held a hearing to take testimony on the tax’s negative […]

Class Action Following Health Information Data Breach

As we discussed in our previous post, Premera Blue Cross (Premera) recently revealed that it suffered a massive data breach potentially exposing the personal data of 11 million customers.  On Thursday Premera was hit with a proposed class action lawsuit in Washington federal court accusing it of negligence associated with the […]

Another Large Scale Data Breach Announced by Premera Blue Cross

Premera Blue Cross revealed Tuesday it was hit by a sophisticated cyber attack potentially exposing personal data for approximately 11 million of its members including members, employees and others with whom it does business, dating back to as early as 2002.  The insurer said its investigation revealed the initial malware attack occurred on May […]