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January 13, 2020 | Daily News

Opioid abuse, drug compounding and drug shortages are some of the key issues FDA’s drug center will focus on in 2020, drug center director Janet Woodcock said in an email Monday (Jan. 13).

January 10, 2020 | Daily News

A Texas surprise billing law went into effect on Jan. 1 without an exception for most non-emergency cases that was sought by a group of hospitals and providers.

January 10, 2020 | Daily News

Stakeholders are calling on House Energy & Commerce Committee leaders to hold a hearing on a bill that would authorize grants to states and local entities to tackle social determinants of health for Medicaid beneficiaries.

January 09, 2020 | Daily News

FDA must soon update Congress on its plan for regulating cannabidiol (CBD) products, but there are myriad issues the agency still needs to grapple with as that deadline looms.

January 09, 2020 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee will hold a legislative hearing on Jan. 15 to discuss federal cannabis policies, E&C Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and subcommittee Chair Anna Eshoo (D-CA) announced Wednesday (Jan. 8).

January 08, 2020 | Daily News

The two House committees considering surprise billing legislation did not make progress over the holiday break and are stuck on opposite ends of the issue.

January 08, 2020 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee considered three bills Wednesday (Jan. 8) that would strengthen patient protections for Medicare and Medicaid, and the hearing has given beneficiary advocates hope that these protections will be included in legislative packages passed this year.

January 07, 2020 | Daily News

Beneficiary advocates say a Wednesday House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee hearing may signal that beneficiary protection bills could be included in legislative packages passed this year.

January 07, 2020 | Daily News

Many stakeholders are looking more to the Trump administration than to Capitol Hill for new Medicare policies in the lead up to the 2020 election, particularly as they wait for final Stark, anti-kickback, and interoperability rules as well as any rules that come out of the Medicare executive order signed by President Donald Trump last year.

January 06, 2020 | Daily News

Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Doug Jones (D-AL), Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) Monday (Jan. 6) introduced a bill that would fund a three-year pilot program to increase federal Medicaid funding for whole genome sequencing (WGS) services for children with a suspected genetic disease.

January 06, 2020 | Daily News

Whether more states expand Medicaid or move towards block grants, and the fate of the Trump administration’s controversial work requirements policy, hinge largely on the November presidential election and several governors’ races, stakeholders say.

January 02, 2020 | Daily News

The new year ushers in continued uncertainty over proposals to lower prescription drug prices, and President Donald Trump is viewed as the wildcard on whether Congress will pass major drug pricing legislation.

January 02, 2020 | Daily News

The industry-lauded repeal of the health insurance tax may lead to Medicare Advantage plans offering more supplemental benefits tied to investment in social determinants of health, according to industry advocacy organizations.

December 31, 2019 | Daily News

Providers and health IT groups urge Congress to look into privacy and security implications of third-party health apps in response to calls from lawmakers on what they should include in a follow-on to the 21st Century Cures Act.

December 30, 2019 | Daily News

A major cancer research advocacy organization wants key House lawmakers to include in their upcoming Cures 2.0 package a policy that would give FDA authority to require generic drug labels be updated to reflect new information about the drug and its use.

December 23, 2019 | Daily News

The House Democrats’ bill that would direct Medicare to negotiate drug prices would increase wages $116 billion over a decade for those with employer-sponsored health insurance, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation.

December 20, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) was caught by surprise when six of his fellow Republican committee members introduced an alternative to his drug pricing bill on Friday (Dec. 20), a Grassley spokesperson said.

December 20, 2019 | Daily News

Key House and Senate committees are expanding their investigation of private equity’s role in surprise billing practices to physician staffing companies and insurers.

December 19, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate on Thursday (Dec. 19) passed its year-end spending deal 71-23 despite Sen. Bill Cassidy’s (R-LA) last-ditch plea for fiscal conservatives to reject the bill over the high costs of repealing three major Affordable Care Act taxes.

December 19, 2019 | Daily News

The nation’s largest seniors’ lobby applauded Congress for including in its year-end spending package a measure that maintains the 7.5% income threshold for the medical expense deduction for the 2019 and 2020 tax years.

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