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September 13, 2019 | Daily News

The Department of Transportation formed a task force to look into air ambulance billing, something Congress has been calling on the agency to do since passage of the 2018 Federal Aviation Association Act and made even more urgent by Capitol Hill’s recent focus on ending surprise billing.

September 11, 2019 | Daily News

The Trump administration has directed FDA to take swift action to remove non-tobacco-flavored e-cigarette products from the market as a result of preliminary data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey that shows a continued rise in youth e-cigarette use, especially through flavored products that appeal to kids, HHS announced in a Wednesday (Sept. 11) press statement.

September 11, 2019 | Daily News

House Ways & Means Committee Democrats are finalizing their surprise medical billing legislation, and, although the committee hasn’t settled on a payment rate, Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) told reporters the Democrats are not discussing an air ambulance fix.

September 11, 2019 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce Committee Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and oversight subcommittee Chair Diana DeGette (D-CO) will hold a hearing Sept. 25 during which officials from FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health agencies will testify about the public health impacts of e-cigarettes, their appeal to young people and the regulatory authorities related to e-cigarette manufacturing, sales and use.

September 11, 2019 | Daily News

Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said that as FDA stands up a framework for using real-world evidence (RWE) to make postmarket decisions, the health care system will need to have several impartial entities compete in the market to conduct independent, impartial assessments of new therapies.

September 10, 2019 |

The White House on Tuesday welcomed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s ideas on drug pricing, hiking President Donald Trump’s pressure on Senate Republicans and the drug industry to back a less aggressive, but strongly pharma-opposed, drug-pricing bill passed by the Senate Finance Committee.

September 10, 2019 | Daily News

The White House on Tuesday welcomed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s ideas on drug pricing, hiking President Donald Trump’s pressure on Senate Republicans and the drug industry to back a less aggressive, but strongly pharma-opposed, drug-pricing bill passed by the Senate Finance Committee.

September 10, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate Appropriations health subcommittee postponed its markup of the Labor-HHS spending bill due to a Democratic-offered amendment to block the Trump administration’s changes to the Title X program and has not set a date to reschedule, even though the fiscal year deadline is fast approaching.

September 10, 2019 | Daily News

FDA cited Juul Labs for selling and distributing its electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) products as modified risk tobacco products without FDA approval, in a warning letter to Juul CEO Kevin Burns Monday (Sept. 9).

September 09, 2019 | Daily News

A draft of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Medicare price negotiation bill circulating among lobbyists calls for using international prices as an upper limit for what Americans pay for drugs and imposing harsh penalties to keep drug makers at the negotiating table, instead of relying on a third-party arbitrator as a backstop to negotiation.

September 09, 2019 | Daily News

A group of 32 state insurance commissioners are pushing back against air ambulance providers who say the Senate health committee’s fix for air ambulance surprise medical bills would lead to the closure of rural air ambulance bases.

September 06, 2019 | Daily News

After health organizations and former FDA heads, including former FDA chief Scott Gottlieb, urged the White House to tap Acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless as the permanent FDA chief, another contender for the role appeared: Stephen Hahn, chief medical executive of MD Anderson’s Cancer Center.

September 06, 2019 | Daily News

The National Governors Association is encouraging governors to craft policies to tackle surprise medical bills and is also pushing Congress to pass a federal fix to help the over 150 million Americans who receive employer-sponsored coverage, which is regulated under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and not subject to current state surprise billing laws.

September 06, 2019 | Daily News

The prospect of Congress passing drug pricing legislation may depend in large part on the outcome of Texas v Azar, the GOP lawsuit to repeal the Affordable Care Act, according to former congressional and administration staff.

September 06, 2019 | Daily News

UnitedHealth Group on Thursday pointed to out-of-network physicians who work in emergency departments as a key reason for the increase in surprise billing, releasing a brief that says those providers increase health care prices for consumer by $6 billion a year.  

September 05, 2019 | Daily News

Emergency physicians took to Capitol Hill two days before lawmakers return from August recess to lobby for the addition of independent dispute resolution to the Senate’s final surprise billing legislation.

September 04, 2019 | Daily News

Stakeholders in Texas are urging the state legislature to add guardrails to its new arbitration approach to end surprise medical bills.

September 03, 2019 | Daily News

Marijuana vaping devices are now part of the investigation by FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention into the cause of the sudden appearance this summer of mysterious lung illnesses, FDA Acting Commissioner Ned Sharpless said Friday (Aug. 30).

August 30, 2019 | Daily News

Insurers, employers and consumer groups who favor the Senate health committee's approach to end surprise billing through a benchmark pay rate are fighting a recent slew of advertisements from dark money groups that are trying to defeat the committee’s proposal.

August 29, 2019 | Daily News

California's rate-setting model has reduced the number of surprise bills consumers face, according to a study from the RAND Corporation, but it has also shifted bargaining power toward insurers and has led to physician group consolidation.

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