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The latest developments around the fields of

  • Energy
  • Genetics/Genomics
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  • Neuroscience
  • Robotics/AI

Guidelines for Chronic Use of Opioid Analgesics (Model Policy)

  • Other
  • Neuroscience

Original Development Brief – Revises the Federation of State Medical Boards’s Model Policy for the prescription of opioid pain relievers, in accordance with recent scientific evidence and expert opinion, to guide medical professionals in the effective and responsible prescription of opioid analgesics.

Updated last August 10, 2017
for the April 2017 Guidelines.

Jessie's Law (S 581, 115th Congress)

  • Government
  • Elected Body
  • Neuroscience

Original Development Brief – Requires the creation of best practices for including information regarding a patient’s opioid use disorder history in certain medical records.

Updated last August 9, 2017
for the 08/04/2017 version of S 581.

Vaccine Safety Study Act (HR 3615, 115th Congress)

  • Government
  • Elected Body
  • Neuroscience

Directs the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct or support a comprehensive study comparing total health outcomes, including risk of autism, in vaccinated populations in the United States with such outcomes in unvaccinated populations in the United States.

Updated last August 14, 2017
for the 07/28/2017 version of HR 3615.

Pre-Existing Conditions Protection Act of 2017 (HR 1121, 115th Congress)

  • Government
  • Elected Body
  • Genetics/Genomics
  • Neuroscience

Original Development Brief – In the event the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is repealed: prohibits the application of health insurance exclusions based on pre-existing conditions, guarantees availability of health insurance for every employer and individual applying for coverage, and prohibits health insurance discrimination based on health status and health status-related factors, including genetic information.

Updated last July 28, 2017
for the 02/16/2017 version of HR 1121.

Pups for Patriots Act of 2017 (HR 3335, 115th Congress)

  • Government
  • Elected Body
  • Neuroscience

Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to enter into contracts with qualified nonprofit organizations to provide service dogs to eligible veterans with a mental health mobility disorder related to post-traumatic stress or traumatic brain injury.

Updated last August 3, 2017
for the 07/20/2017 version of HR 3335.

Individual’s Right Under HIPAA to Access their Health Information (HHS Guidance)

  • Government
  • Agency
  • Genetics/Genomics
  • Neuroscience

Original Development Brief – Provides individuals with a legal, enforceable right to see and receive copies, upon request, of the information in their medical and other health records maintained by their health care providers and health plans.

Updated last July 12, 2017
for the 01/07/2016 guidance.

Preventing Cognitive Decline and Dementia: A Way Forward (NASEM Report)

  • Other
  • Neuroscience

Assesses the current state of knowledge on interventions to prevent cognitive decline and dementia, and informs future research in this area, and provides recommendations of appropriate content for inclusion in public health messages from the National Institute on Aging.

Updated last August 16, 2017
for the 2017 report.

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