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September 21, 2018 | Daily News

The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) President and CEO Scott Whitaker is upset the Senate tucked into its recently passed opioid bill a provision expanding the sunshine law to require that drug and medical device makers also publicly disclose payments made to nurse practitioners, physician assistants and midwives – not just doctors and hospitals – for promotional talks, consulting and other interactions.

September 21, 2018 | Daily News

Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) is drumming up support for a letter that will ask CMS to adjust the low-volume threshold in order to include more providers in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System as part of the final 2019 physician fee schedule – an agency move that would be supported by some stakeholders like Premier and the American Medical Group Association even though the American Medical Association and others want CMS to finalize the exemption as proposed.

September 21, 2018 | Daily News

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is pressing FDA to provide more information about its recent spate of warning letters and civil monetary penalties to more than 1,300 e-cigarette companies.

September 21, 2018 |

Brand drug makers have inched closer to getting Congress to lower their share of seniors’ drug costs by adding to opioid legislation an unrelated package that combines the brand-backed Part D measure with watered-down pro-generic legislation and a provision that averts steep drug cost increases for seniors in 2020.

September 20, 2018 | Daily News

Two top Democrats on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform want the committee’s chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), to subpoena HHS and CMS for documents about the Trump administration’s support of Medicaid work requirements.

September 20, 2018 | Daily News

Brand drug makers have inched closer to getting Congress to lower their share of seniors’ drug costs by adding to opioid legislation an unrelated package that combines the brand-backed Part D measure with watered-down pro-generic legislation and a provision that averts steep drug cost increases for seniors in 2020.

September 20, 2018 | Daily News

Senate Judiciary Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) remains concerned that CMS isn't doing enough to oversee nursing home quality, and in a Sept. 19 letter asks when the agency plans to evaluate its new electronic survey of nursing home deficiencies and what steps the agency is taking to improve the collection of data needed to track nursing home quality.

September 19, 2018 | Daily News

CMS faces growing pressure to scrap its controversial plan to allow step therapy for Medicare Part B drugs: Dozens of specialty physician groups and state medical societies are seeking congressional leaders' help in getting the Trump administration to reverse course.

September 18, 2018 | Daily News

The American Hospital Association on Tuesday (Sept. 18) touted a new voluntary 340B reporting program as an alternative to legislation to help achieve transparency in the 340B program, but key lawmakers and the pharmaceutical industry disagreed.

September 18, 2018 | Daily News

Despite being omitted from the Senate’s recently approved opioid bill, some rollback of a federal prohibition on using Medicaid funds to pay for substance-abuse treatment in large inpatient facilities may still be included in the final version of opioid legislation slated to be released in coming days, Senate aides say.

September 18, 2018 | Daily News

Sources say brand and generic drug trade groups have agreed in principle on a deal that couples a tweaked version of the generic-backed bill to stop brands from using drug safety requirements to delay competition with brand-backed Part D bills to reduce brands’ contribution to beneficiaries’ donut hole costs and avert the so-called coverage gap “cliff.”

September 17, 2018 | Daily News

Following months of legislative debate involving myriad committees, the Senate on Monday (Sept. 17) passed an extensive package of opioid legislation by a vote of 99-1 but a new version privately hammered out by senators from both parties will be taken to conference with the House, a Senate aide told Inside Health Policy.

September 17, 2018 | Daily News

Seven major health organizations, including the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, Pew Charitable Trusts and American Academy of Pediatrics, are urging Congress to swiftly pass legislation that would reform the system under which over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are regulated and brought to market.

September 13, 2018 | Daily News

The Labor/HHS conference bill agreed to late Thursday (Sept. 13) includes $90.3 billion in discretionary program funds for HHS, or $2.3 billion more than in 2018, invests more in medical research than the president's request, devotes nearly $4 billion to mental health and opioid treatment and omits cuts in the House version that would have blocked CMS' ability to administer the ACA.

September 13, 2018 | Daily News

The House Rules Committee on Wednesday cleared a $51.6 billion legislative package to provide employers relief from several Affordable Care Act taxes and other mandates, but a final floor vote, which was slated for Friday, will now occur later this month due to the congressional work week being cut short by the East Coast hurricane.

September 13, 2018 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee passed a number of Medicaid and anti-fraud bills on Thursday (Sept.13), including a one-year extension of the Medicaid Money Follows the Person demonstration and a tweaked version of the ACE Kids Act.

September 13, 2018 | Daily News

The Senate will vote on a package of opioid legislation Monday (Sept. 17), according to a spokesperson from Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) office and the Senate Democrats’ online schedule.

September 12, 2018 | Daily News

The Advanced Medical Technology Association praised a Local Coverage Decision transparency bill that passed the House by voice vote Wednesday (Sept. 13), but the College of American Pathologists is urging the Senate to reinsert a key provision removed by Ways & Means and said the bill's appeals language was weakened prior to the House vote.

September 10, 2018 | Daily News

The House on Wednesday (Sept. 12) is set to consider, likely under suspension of the rules, several bills passed by the Ways & Means Committee last week, including legislation to make CMS' Local Coverage Decision process more transparent and to direct HHS to finish updating regulations for the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, according to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (R-CA) weekly schedule.

September 10, 2018 | Daily News

The House Rules Committee on Wednesday (Sept. 12) will take up legislation to delay the Affordable Care Act's Cadillac tax for one year, provide four years of relief from the employer mandate, and eliminate the employer mandate’s 30-hour threshold classification for full-time employees and replace it with a 40-hour threshold.

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