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September 04, 2012 | Daily News

Mandatory across-the-board government funding cuts might apply to FDA user fees and as a result lead to a bigger agency impact that initially thought, FDA funding advocates said in advance of an administration report set for release this week that will detail cuts to occur under the budget act's sequestration.

August 01, 2012 | Daily News

A group of 23 high-profile health policy experts on Wednesday (Aug. 1) floated far-reaching proposals to cut back health care spending that include moving to a system that would allow states to promote payment rates within a global spending target, requiring exchanges to be active purchasers and to offer at least one “tiered” product, using competitive bidding for all commodities in the federal health system and the insurance exchange, expanding the ban of self-referrals to cover private insurers, requiring full price transparency and encouraging less restrictive state scope of practice laws.

August 01, 2012 | Daily News

The White House Office of Management and Budget will begin meeting with federal agencies to discuss plans for implementing cuts mandated by sequestration and identifying programs that could be exempt from the automatic cuts set to take effect Jan. 2, the Obama Administration states in a memo to agency heads Tuesday (July 31), while also pressing Congress to “redouble its efforts” to reduce the deficit and avoid sequestration.

July 27, 2012 | Daily News

The Office of Management and Budget's estimated 10-year cost of repealing the Medicare physician payment formula has dropped by $35 billion, from $429 billion down to $395 billion, over 10 years, as a result of lower utilization numbers that also impacted overall Medicare spending projections.

July 19, 2012 | Daily News

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) nudged opened the door for possible renewed efforts at striking a compromise on medical malpractice reform by reaching out to physicians last week in search of middle ground on what he referred to as the “two extremes” in the years-long debate.

July 19, 2012 | Daily News

House appropriators on Wednesday (July 18) cleared a bill that would cut more than $1 billion from HHS in fiscal 2013, defund the healthcare law and put a prohibition on providing any new discretionary funding for the law's implementation.

July 17, 2012 | Daily News

House appropriators plan to mark up on Wednesday (July 18) a bill that would cut more than $1 billion from HHS in fiscal 2013, defund the healthcare law and put a prohibition on providing any new discretionary funding for the law's implementation.

June 20, 2012 | Daily News

Key health policy experts said Wednesday (June 20) that they do not believe the Supreme Court will do more than strike the health law's individual mandate -- if they decide at all that a part of the law is unconstitutional -- and the highly watched high court ruling could very well be “anti-climactic.”

June 20, 2012 | Daily News

Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) on Wednesday (June 20) introduced a bill that likely would set the federal government's share of every state's Medicaid expenditures at 74.18 percent -- the highest of any state today -- and would determine federal payment to state Medicaid programs based on a risk-adjusted per capita calculation in four categories of Medicaid beneficiaries.

June 13, 2012 | Daily News

Projects receiving grant funding under a health reform-created program designed to spur development of new medical products should also seek to solve wider problems in drug development and benefit patients more broadly, including addressing gaps in regulatory science, FDA's top scientist told a group of stakeholders working to implement the Cures Acceleration Network.

June 13, 2012 | Daily News

A slew of industry, public health and infectious disease groups are pushing Senate appropriators to provide, at minimum, the administration-requested $547 million in funding for the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, a request a Senate Appropriations subcommittee countered by proposing to give the program $485 million, although still an increase over last year.

June 07, 2012 | Daily News

Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) is calling on HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to provide a detailed account of how the impending budget sequester will be applied to department programs and how the funding cuts will affect medical research and development, access to new medical treatments and other HHS programs.

June 06, 2012 | Daily News

The Obama administration has ordered all executive branch departments and agencies except the Pentagon to cut their budget requests for fiscal 2014 by 5 percent below the 2014 level proposed in the 2013 budget, as part of a broader deficit reduction plan the White House says is needed even if Congress is able to avert the sequesters mandated by the Budget Control Act.

May 31, 2012 | Daily News

House and Senate GOP leadership on Thursday (May 31) proposed to revise the Medicaid provider tax threshold as an alternative way to pay for legislation that would avert a student loan interest rate hike on July 1, a move immediately blasted by hospitals.

May 24, 2012 | Daily News

Prior to voting in favor of FDA user fee legislation Thursday (May 24), the Senate took up nearly 20 amendments, with several passing by unanimous consent and the remainder either tabled, withdrawn or rejected. The following is a quick snapshot of the Senate votes leading up to final passage of the bill.

May 09, 2012 | Daily News

FDA's top official said a budget sequestration would disproportionately affect agency food programs as they are not reliant on user fees like other areas of the agency and the budget hits would come as the agency is already struggling to find resources to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg warned the agency might have to step away from certain food initiatives it values to prioritize “core functions” if faced with a budget sequestration, although FDA is committed to implementation of the food safety law.

May 09, 2012 | Daily News

Food safety advocates are gearing up for the possibility that FDA will need to de-emphasize certain food programs, such as those without statutory deadlines, in order to get the new food safety system off the ground, and have begun identifying areas that might be affected. Top agency officials are also eying options to prepare for budget hits that they believe could disproportionately affect food programs (see related story).

April 27, 2012 | Daily News

A coalition of mostly rural hospitals is pointing to CMS' recently released hospital IPPS rule's revelation that Massachusetts hospitals will receive a 5.5 percent wage index increase -- while rural hospitals will see a 0.3 percent reduction -- to again call on Congress to reverse the ACA-driven policy. The Massachusetts increase and the projected increase of 3.1 percent for other urban hospitals in New England are a result of an Affordable Care Act provision that altered the wage index so that it must be budget neutral on a national, rather than state-based, level.

April 26, 2012 | Daily News

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday (April 26) cleared the FDA fiscal 2013 funding bill, providing an increase of $22 million over last year's funding level and a $12.5 million increase over the president's budget request to go toward implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

April 25, 2012 | Daily News

The Senate Appropriations Committee will mark up the FDA funding bill Thursday (April 26), the committee announced Tuesday, with funding advocates also anticipating a markup of the House appropriations bill within the next few weeks.