The who’s who in Healthcare on Capitol Hill
Key Takeaway: The 115th Congress has been sworn-in and there are some new leaders to take note of that will have influence over healthcare on Capitol Hill.
Why It Matters: There are congressional committees with both direct and indirect oversight over healthcare-related issues, it’s important to know who some of the key decision makers are in the healthcare space on Capitol Hill.
- Committee on Energy & Commerce: Chairman, Greg Walden (R-OR); Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ)
- Health Subcommittee: Chairman, Michael Burgess (R-TX); Ranking Member Gene Green (D-TX)
- Committee on Ways & Means: Chairman, Kevin Brady (R-TX); Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA)
- Health Subcommittee: Chairman Pat Tiberi (R-OH); Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI)
- Committee on Appropriations: Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ); Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY)
- Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee: Chairman Tom Cole (R-OK); Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
- Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP): Chairman, Lamar Alexander (R-TN); Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA)
- Primary Health and Retirement Security Subcommittee: Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY); Ranking Member, Bernie Sanders (D-VT)
- Committee on Finance: Chairman, Orrin Hatch (R-UT); Ranking Member, Ron Wyden (D-OR)
- Health Care Subcommittee: Chairman Pat Toomey (R-PA); Ranking Member, Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
- Committee on Appropriations: Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS); Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
- Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee: Chairman Roy Blunt (R-MO); Ranking Member, Patty Murray (D-WA)
Other Leaders to Know:
Speaker of the House: Paul Ryan (R-WI)
House Majority Leader: Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
House Minority Leader: Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
Senate Majority Leader: Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Senate Minority Leader: Charles Schumer (D-NY)
NIST Cybersecurity Framework Updated
Key Takeaway: Last week NIST updated their cybersecurity framework. What they have released is an updated draft.
Why it Matters: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a draft update to the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity—also known as the Cybersecurity Framework. NIST is accepting comments on the draft through April 10th.
FDA Device Security
Key Takeaway: FDA outlines their thinking on device cybersecurity during a recent call.
Why it Matters: FDA hosted a conference call to review their recently released final guidance to device manufacturers on cybersecurity of devices. A playback of the call will be available shortly here. Slides can be found here. CHIME has a cheat sheet available that lists all the things the FDA calls on manufacturers to do.
Medical Device Cybersecurity Discussed During ACA Repeal Conversation
Key Takeaway: Among the more than 100 hundred amendments introduced in the Senate to the federal budget reconciliation bill included a directive to examine medical device cybersecurity.
Why It Matters: As an early step in the effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the Senate considered more than 100 amendments, many of which were applicable to healthcare as a procedural hurdle to begin the repeal effort.
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