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Federal Legislation

  • AcademyHealth Advocacy - (AcademyHealth)  Details

    As noted on its website, AcademyHealth strives to improve health and health care by advocating for 1) increased federal funding for health services research, 2) better access to data and information to use in research, and 3) more transparent dissemination of research results.

  • CMS Office of Legislation - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  Details

    The CMS Office of Legislation serves as a liaison and resource for the U.S. Congress to explain the polices, payment systems, and operations of the Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The Office of Legislation responds to inquiries from Members of Congress and Congressional Committees.

  • Clinical Trials Registration and Results Information Submission images/pdf.gif icon - (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)  Details

    This final rule details the requirements for submitting registration and summary results information, including adverse event information, for specified clinical trials of drug products (including biological products) and device products and for pediatric postmarket surveillances of a device product to The rule was published on September 21, 2016.

  • - (Library of Congress)  Details

    Federal legislative information including bill summary status, bill text, public laws by law number, Congressional Record text, House and Senate Committee information.

  • Federal Register: Health & Public Welfare Searches - (Government Publishing Office (GPO) USA, Office of the Federal Register (OFR), NARA USA)  Details

    This site links directly to searches related to health and public welfare, for example, health care reform, electronic health information technology, controlled substances, etc. Note that each day ederal agencies publish numerous documents (articles) in the Federal Register, including proposed rules, final rules, public notices, and Presidential actions.

  • GovTrack - (Civic Impluse, LLC)  Details

    An independent tool to help the public research and track the activities in the U.S. Congress.

  • Health Care, Medicare, ACA, HIPPA & OIG Law News - (National Law Forum, LLC USA)  Details

    The National Law Review is a free resource of health care legal articles addressing regulatory developments, contractual obligations and disputes for both profit and not for profit health care organizations.

  • Health Information & The Law - (George Washington University, Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program USA, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  Details

    Site requires free registration for use.

  • Legislation and Congressional Activities - (National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH)  Details

    Allows users to learn about recent events on the Hill as they relate to cancer research, or check the status of pending legislation and find out about hearings of interest to cancer research and advocacy communities.

  • Legislative Action Center - (AcademyHealth)  Details

    This page links to AcademyHealth's advocacy tools that enable one to stay informed about the latest in health services research policy, to explore the current legislation, or to spread the word about a specific bill/issue.

  • Mobile Health Apps Interactive Tool - (Federal Trade Commission (FTC))  Details

    This tool helps to determine which federal laws developers need to follow when building mobile health applications. Provided by the FTC, in cooperation with HHS, ONC, OTR, and FDA.

  • Regulations & Guidance - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  Details

    Links to guidance, legislation, administrative simplification, regulations and policy related to the CMS.

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    U.S. Government Web site to find, view, and comment on regulations and other actions for all Federal agencies. The site facilitates participation in the federal regulatory process by improving the public's ability to find, view, and comment on federal regulatory actions.

  • The Federal Register - (National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) USA)  Details

    The Office of the Federal Register (OFR) provides access to the official text of federal laws, presidential documents, and to administrative regulations and notices.

  • The Legislative Battle over Health Services Research - (Health Affairs, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  Details

    This 1992 essay by BH Gray, published in Health Affairs [11, No.4 (1992):38-66], examines the 1989 legislation that created the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (now known as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality - AHRQ). Political complexities are examined. Additional information is available from

  • USA.Gov Details

    One-stop link to U.S. government agencies and information.

State Legislation

  • ASTHO State Health Policy - (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))  Details

    ASTHO's State Health Policy team tracks and analyzes legislation across the states to identify trends and emerging issues impacting public health and state health agencies.

  • LawAtlas: Policy Surveillance Portal - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  Details

    This is a gateway to key laws aimed at improving our health or access to health care. It includes interactive maps, policy surveillance reports, and downloadable data.

  • Scope of Practice Policy - (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL))  Details

    The purpose of this website is to educate state policymakers about scope of practice issues related to nurse practitioners, physician assistants and midlevel oral health providers, including interactive state policy maps, a legislation database, case studies, and links to additional resources.