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December 16, 2015 | Daily News

House Republicans this week released what would be the first HHS-spending bill since 2005, appropriating $3.67 billion for CMS management and operations, which is equal to the funding received by the agency last year.

December 16, 2015 | Daily News

The spending bill released by House lawmakers early Wednesday (Dec. 16) morning extends FDA's Rare Pediatric Disease Priority Review program to Sept. 30, 2016.

December 16, 2015 | Daily News

The omnibus spending bill does not include a proposal to exempt off-campus outpatient facilities that are under development from the Medicare site-neutral pay cuts, and hospital lobbyists believe House Republicans left out that measure because they want to keep it for a hospital bill next year.

December 16, 2015 | Daily News

A bill giving CMS the ability to grant a blanket hardship exemption from the so-called meaningful use of electronic health records program in 2015 didn't make it into the omnibus spending bill negotiated late Tuesday (Dec. 15), but the American Medical Association is still optimistic the bill could pass before Congress leaves for the year.

December 16, 2015 | Daily News

The spending deal reached by House lawmakers late Tuesday night looks to offset the cost of reauthorizing the World Trade Center Health Program by limiting federal Medicaid payments for durable medical equipment to Medicare rates decided by competitive bidding, an offset DME suppliers had hoped would instead be used to mitigate Medicare payment cuts in rural areas.

December 16, 2015 | Daily News

The omnibus spending agreement unveiled by House leaders early Wednesday (Dec. 16) includes a substantial funding bump for FDA’s implementation of the food safety law, with lawmakers urging FDA to use the extra resources to help state governments and private stakeholders in their efforts to implement the food law's new requirements.

December 16, 2015 | Daily News

The spending bill released by House leaders early Wednesday (Dec. 16) morning provides the National Institutes of Health an additional $2 billion in funding, bringing the total funding level for the agency to $32 billion in FY2016.

December 15, 2015 | Daily News

Speaker Paul Ryan (WI) told attendees at a Politico Playbook Breakfast on Tuesday (Dec. 15) that Congress would be posting the final Omnibus and tax credit package later that day, but said another short-term Continuing Resolution would be required to allow the bill to go through the standard legislative procedure.

December 11, 2015 | Daily News

Provisions to ease cuts for rural DME suppliers could be part of the appropriations bill lawmakers are putting together, according to some following the issue, though a market pricing program included in a recently introduced House bill is less likely to be part of the package.

December 10, 2015 | Daily News

The hospital site-neutral tweak that some lawmakers reportedly are considering including in the omnibus appropriations bill would cost about $300 million, and House Republicans are the biggest obstacle to getting Congress to move forward on the proposal to exempt off-campus facilities under development from Medicare pay cuts, American Hospital Association officials told members Wednesday (Dec. 9) on a teleconference.

December 08, 2015 | Daily News

The American Hospital Association will update hospitals Wednesday on the status of its efforts to shield off-campus facilities that are under development from Medicare site-neutral pay cuts enacted in the recent budget deal.

December 08, 2015 | Daily News

House Republicans are floating a two-year tax credit extension that does not include any of the hot- item health care riders that have been discussed, such as a delay or repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s Cadillac and medical device taxes and changes to hospital payments, according to a legislative text posted online on Monday (Dec. 7).

December 07, 2015 | Daily News

One congressional aide says language could be included in the upcoming omnibus appropriations bill to give CMS the ability to grant a blanket hardship exemption for meaningful use in 2015, give providers a 90-day meaningful use reporting period in 2016 and moderate the controversial provision that providers meet all program requirements in order to show meaningful use of electronic health records.

December 04, 2015 | Daily News

The U.S. Senate passed its budget reconciliation bill striking broad swaths of the Affordable Care Act in a 52-47 vote late Thursday (Dec. 3), moving the package to President Barack Obama and celebrating the symbolism of lawmakers’ success despite Obama’s looming veto. Passing repeal via reconciliation is a sign that, should a Republican win the White House in next November’s presidential election and the GOP retain a slim majority in the Senate, lawmakers could do away with the ACA once and for all through the same process.

December 02, 2015 | Daily News

Senators have unveiled substantial additions to the House-passed reconciliation package, transforming what began as a tamer version of Affordable Care Act repeal by removing the mandates' teeth into a bill that axes the law's premium subsidies, health insurance marketplaces, three risk mitigation programs, Medicaid expansion and more.

December 02, 2015 | Daily News

Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT), one of several lawmakers in a bipartisan coalition working to eliminate the ACA's 40-percent excise tax on high-cost health plans, said Wednesday (Dec. 2) that a full repeal provision could very well be included in a tax extender package even without a way to offset the $87 billion price tag.

December 02, 2015 | Daily News

House Republicans on Wednesday issued a list of priorities for the tax extenders bill currently under negotiation, which include ensuring it does not put funding into the ACA's struggling insurance risk corridor program.

December 02, 2015 | Daily News

Coming off historically low spending growth in 2013, health care spending in 2014 increased 5.3 percent to $3 trillion, driven by Medicaid expansion, exchange coverage and rising drug spending, according to CMS.

December 02, 2015 | Daily News

The National Minority Quality Forum is urging lawmakers to immediately suspend the durable medical equipment competitive bidding program until the program has better safety monitoring in place, while suppliers are pushing lawmakers to mitigate reimbursement cuts in rural areas driven by competitive bidding prices and to exclude certain DME accessories from competitive bidding as part of a must-pass appropriations package.

December 02, 2015 | Daily News

Senate agriculture committee Chair Pat Roberts (R-KS) is championing draft language on labeling of foods with genetically-modified organisms to be included in the omnibus package lawmakers are trying to pass by Dec. 11, according to a spokesperson from food manufacturing lobbyist, Grocery Manufacturers Association.

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