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Allison Kwon supports Crowell Health Solutions, a strategic consulting firm affiliated with Crowell & Moring, to help clients pursue and deliver innovative alternatives to the traditional approaches of providing and paying for health care, including through digital health, health equity, and value-based health care. She is a health care policy consultant in the Washington, D.C. office.

On January 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) Innovation Center announced that sickle cell disease (SCD) will be the first focus of the Cell and Gene Therapy (CGT) Access Model, a model for eligible states and pharmaceutical manufacturers designed to improve Medicaid beneficiaries’ access to cell and gene therapies.Continue Reading CMS Innovation Center Announces Sickle Cell Disease Focus under Cell and Gene Therapy Access Model

On November 28, Crowell Health Solutions published a white paper outlining several policy recommendations to advance widespread adoption of decentralized clinical trials (DCTs). The white paper titled, “Advancing Adoption of Decentralized Clinical Trials: Rationale, Current State, and Policy Recommendations” examines the current environment on decentralized and hybrid clinical trials, including a discussion on benefits and challenges that DCTs may pose; existing legislation and regulation; and background on programs and policies that can be leveraged to support DCT adoption.Continue Reading Crowell Health Solutions Examines the Adoption of Decentralized Clinical Trials and Provides Policy Recommendations

On October 24, 2023, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), Health Canada, and the U.K.’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (“MHRA”) jointly released a publication identifying five guiding principles for predetermined change control plans (“PCCP”) for machine learning-enabled medical devices (“MLMD Guiding Principles”).Continue Reading FDA Releases Predetermined Change Control Plans for Machine Learning-Enabled Medical Devices: Guiding Principles

On October 19, 2023, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final guidance entitled, “Enforcement Policy for Non-Invasive Remote Monitoring Devices Used to Support Patient Monitoring,” (the Final Guidance) to provide clarification on its enforcement policies and premarket review expectations for certain non-invasive remote monitoring devices used for patient monitoring at the conclusion of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). Specifically, the FDA will continue to allow most remote monitoring devices to be used in home settings and to allow certain hardware or software changes to allow for increased remote monitoring capabilities under enforcement discretion.Continue Reading FDA Issues Final Guidance on Enforcement Policy for Non-Invasive Remote Monitoring Devices Used to Support Patient Monitoring

On November 2, Crowell hosted an in-person roundtable discussion, featuring government officials, industry experts and other stakeholders, to discuss the development of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) systems and tools in the healthcare sector as well as the government’s role in regulating such technology. Policy makers, thought leaders, healthcare innovators, and business executives came together for a lively and engaging conversation. Continue Reading Crowell Presents “AI and Health Care: Perspectives from Policymakers and Movers in the Industry” 

On August 18, 2023, the World Bank issued a publication entitled, “Digital-in-Health: Unlocking the Value for Everyone (“World Bank Report”),” which recommends to governments a new digital-in-health approach where digital technology and data are infused into every aspect of health systems management and health service delivery to improve individuals’ health outcomes. The stated goal of the World Bank Report is to provide governments and other stakeholders with practical guidance on how to build digital health infrastructure, regardless of a country’s digital maturity or fiscal challenges.Continue Reading World Bank Issues Digital Health Recommendations in Report

On November 2, 2023, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released the calendar year (“CY”) 2024 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems Final Rule (“CY 2024 OPPS/ASC Final Rule”). The final rule with comment period finalizes payment rates and policy changes affecting Medicare services furnished in hospital

On October 30, President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order (“EO”) 14110 entitled, “Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence,” which establishes a policy framework to manage the risks of artificial intelligence (“AI”), to direct agency action to regulate the use of health AI systems and tools, and to guide AI innovation across all sectors, including in the health and human services sectors. OMB simultaneously released a draft memorandum that would specifically direct department and agency action by establishing new agency requirements in AI governance, innovation, and risk management and adopting specific minimum risk management practices for uses of AI. OMB is seeking public comment on the memorandum by December 5, 2023, which includes a list of questions requesting feedback on specific issues.Continue Reading How President Biden’s Executive Order on Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence Addresses Health Care

On October 11, the National Institutes of Health (“NIH”) issued a request for information (“RFI”), which proposes sample language regarding the use of digital health technologies in research for inclusion in informed consent documents and requests public feedback on the utility and usability of the proposed language. Comments on the RFI are due by December 12, 2023.Continue Reading NIH Requests Information on Developing Consent Language for Research Using Digital Health Technologies

On October 30, President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order (“EO”) 14110 entitled the, “Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence,” which establishes a policy framework to manage the risks of artificial intelligence (“AI”); to direct agency action to regulate the use of health AI systems and tools; and to guide AI