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Budget

February 15, 2018 | Daily News

HHS Secretary Alex Azar told senators at a hearing Thursday (Feb. 15) that his agency's proposed cuts to federal spending on graduate medical education would add flexibility to GME programs and allow the agency to focus on training doctors in under-served medical specialties and geographic regions.

February 14, 2018 | Daily News

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and conservative groups have been quick to criticize the Trump administration for putting risk corridor payments in the president’s 2019 budget request.

February 14, 2018 | Daily News

Neither the House Energy & Commerce Committee nor House appropriators have received FDA's formal budget justification, despite the fact that HHS Secretary Alex Azar will testify before E&C about the budget Thursday (Feb. 15).

February 13, 2018 | Daily News

The president’s budget proposes $16 million in user fees to help the Health Resources and Services Administration administer the 340B drug discount program, a proposal one lobbyist said could end up serving as an offset if lawmakers look to make changes to the program.

February 13, 2018 | Daily News

Should the president's budget hike for FDA get ratified, the agency would spend the extra $400 million dollars on: creating Centers of Excellence for compounding and digital health, researching continuous manufacturing, standing up third-party certification of medical device quality, advancing near-real-time evaluation of real-world evidence, expanding the digital health precertification program, conducting natural history studies for rare disease, and creating new internal agency systems for knowledge management and generic drug submission, according to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.

February 12, 2018 | Daily News

HHS Secretary Alex Azar said the president's 2019 budget request would improve Medicare by pushing the health system to pay for value rather than volume, and it includes proposals such as reworking medical liability and graduate medical education funding, reducing hospitals' uncompensated care and bad debt pay, applying tweaked competitive bidding for durable medical education to all areas of the country and changing both aspects of the new physician pay system.

February 12, 2018 | Daily News

The president's budget request includes drug-price chopping policies that CMS could accomplish administratively, including proposals to let groups of states negotiate prices using closed formularies and to change the reimbursement of doctors who administer drugs.

February 12, 2018 | Daily News

President Donald Trump's 2019 budget proposal would cut $1.4 trillion from Medicaid over 10 years, give states more flexibility to eliminate some benefits, and impose stricter eligibility and documentation requirements on new beneficiaries.

February 12, 2018 | Daily News

The Trump administration, in a reversal of previous GOP priorities, appears to call for legislation that would fully fund the Affordable Care Act's risk corridor program that ended in 2016.

February 12, 2018 | Daily News

The Trump administration's newly released fiscal 2019 budget allocates $10 billion across HHS to address the opioid epidemic, $10 million of which would be dedicated to FDA investment in regulatory science and tools for stemming opioid abuse and misuse.

February 12, 2018 | Daily News

The Trump administration's fiscal 2019 budget allocates $20 million to FDA's Oncology Center of Excellence, a pleasant surprise for Friends of Cancer Research (Friends), the organization that has been involved with OCE from its inception.

February 12, 2018 | Daily News

The White House is taking on what it views as anticompetitive behavior by some generic drug companies that stave off additional generic entrants by being first to file and then “parking” exclusivity by failing to market their product.

February 12, 2018 | Daily News

Advocates for robust funding of FDA were pleased the president's fiscal 2019 budget released Monday (Feb. 12) calls for a 13 percent increase over fiscal 2018 continuing resolution levels.

February 12, 2018 | Daily News

Less than two weeks after the Republican Party announced it was putting an indefinite pause on its efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the White House on Monday (Feb. 12) unveiled a 2019 budget request that lists replacing the health law “as soon as possible,” via a plan similar to the Graham-Cassidy bill, as a top priority.

February 09, 2018 | Daily News

A newly released Council of Economic Advisors report on drug pricing, which is expected to inform HHS' fiscal 2019 budget request, is angering both public health advocates and those favoring sweeping drug pricing reforms, given it suggests FDA can lower drug prices by speeding FDA approvals of brand drugs and making FDA's approval standards easy to comply with, all while making no mention of brand industry-opposed reforms, including those that have been floated by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, such as cracking down on abuses of FDA-mandated safety programs.

February 09, 2018 | Daily News

Hospitals scored big wins in the budget deal passed early Friday morning (Feb. 9) and quickly signed into law, with Congress including many of the industry's long-sought policy proposals and generally shielding hospitals from the offsets used to pay for the package's wide-ranging slate of health care provisions.

February 08, 2018 | Daily News

The Senate and House included in their government-funding bills doctor-backed changes to the new Medicare physician pay system, such as excluding the cost of Part B drugs from the calculation of doctor pay, delaying the use of cost measures in doctor performance scores, giving CMS three more years to transition to the performance threshold, and letting the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) weigh in earlier on pay models that providers design.

February 08, 2018 | Daily News

Congress' spending deal includes doctor-backed changes to the new Medicare physician pay system, such as excluding the cost of Part B drugs from the calculation of doctor pay, delaying the use of cost measures in doctor performance scores, giving CMS three more years to transition to the performance threshold, and letting the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) weigh in earlier on pay models that providers design.

February 07, 2018 | Daily News

The bipartisan budget deal announced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) on Wednesday (Feb. 7) includes four additional years of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program; funding for community health centers, teaching health centers and the National Health Service Corps; repeal of the therapy caps; a delay of the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital pay cuts and funding for other so-called Medicare extenders, according to a Democratic overview of the deal and draft bill language obtained by Inside Health Policy.

February 07, 2018 | Daily News

Drug lobbyists and policy analysts say the Senate budget deal includes a Medicare Part D offset that the brand drug industry strongly opposes, but they say the details of the measures are unclear because they are written in a way that is difficult to decipher.

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