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October 18, 2018 |

FDA plans to “very quickly” begin implementing requirements that opioid makers package their drugs in unit-dose packaging to provide for shorter duration prescriptions, such as one or two days, agency commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Thursday (Oct. 18).

October 18, 2018 | Daily News

FDA plans to “very quickly” begin implementing requirements that opioid makers package their drugs in unit-dose packaging to provide for shorter duration prescriptions, such as one or two days, agency commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Thursday (Oct. 18).

October 16, 2018 | Daily News

American Medical Association President Barbara McAneny on Tuesday (Oct. 16) raised concerns with a single-payer system based on Medicare, as well as a Medicaid buy-in being pursued in New Mexico, and said that moving people from commercial coverage to government-funded health care programs could cause practices to close, especially in rural areas, due to inadequate reimbursement.

October 12, 2018 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of 32 senators is asking CMS to extend its proposal to apply higher pay rates for durable medical equipment suppliers in rural areas, and Alaska and Hawaii, to also include suppliers in all non-bid areas, and more than 130 House lawmakers also sent a letter to the agency Oct. 12 with a similar request.

October 10, 2018 | Daily News

Three Democratic senators wrote to top FDA officials Wednesday (Oct. 10) that they have “serious concerns” about the agency's emerging precertification program, where precertified software developers would not be subject to premarket review.

October 10, 2018 | Daily News

Industry lawyers say it is not clear whether Congress' expansion of the sunshine law's reporting requirements to include industry payments to health professionals beyond doctors will kick in in 2021 or 2022.

October 10, 2018 | Daily News

A Democratic resolution to overturn the Trump administration’s rule expanding the duration of short-term health plans failed in the Senate on Wednesday (Oct. 10), despite Sen. Susan Collins’ (R-ME) vote to support the effort.

October 10, 2018 | Daily News

The cost and frequency of surprise out-of-network medical bills have risen dramatically in the individual market over the past few years, causing federal lawmakers from both parties to propose legislation that would prevent insurers from overcharging individuals for treatment by out-of-network providers in emergency care situations.

October 09, 2018 | Daily News

The Senate is expected to vote this week on Sen. Tammy Baldwin's (D-WI) resolution to overturn the Trump administration's rule expanding short-term health plans, forcing senators on both sides of the aisle to go on record about their support of the controversial plans which do not include mandatory coverage for preexisting conditions.

October 09, 2018 | Daily News

The Senate is expected to vote this week on Sen. Tammy Baldwin's (D-WI) resolution to overturn the Trump administration's rule expanding short-term health plans, forcing senators on both sides of the aisle to go on record about their support of the controversial plans which do not include mandatory coverage for preexisting conditions.

October 09, 2018 | Daily News

Republicans within the Trump administration are clamoring to show support for the Affordable Care Act’s coverage of preexisting conditions before the midterm elections hit, but several health care experts say the declarations are mainly empty promises and lack substance.

October 05, 2018 | Daily News

Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) both suggested on Friday that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's view on the severability doctrine allayed their fears that he would move to undermine the Affordable Care Act's protections for those with preexisting conditions.

October 05, 2018 | Daily News

GOP senators on the Budget Committee want the Congressional Budget Office to do a real-world test of its updated health insurance simulation model -- which estimates coverage and premiums for the under-65 population -- by redoing the initial Affordable Care Act coverage and spending estimates to see if they would match more closely to what has transpired.

October 04, 2018 | Daily News

Brand-drug makers' lobbying maneuvers in their failed bid to get Part D donut hole changes included in the opioid legislation could factor into an expected new push by the industry for the changes during the upcoming lame-duck session of Congress.

October 03, 2018 | Daily News

The Senate cleared a massive bicameral package of opioid legislation on Wednesday (Oct. 3) by a vote of 98-1, with Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) as the sole “no” vote, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) not voting.

October 03, 2018 | Daily News

House Rules Chair Pete Sessions (R-TX) and dozens of other GOP lawmakers on Tuesday proposed a resolution stating that any Affordable Care Act replacement must give states more flexibility to run their own markets and must encourage policies that keep plans affordable for people with preexisting conditions, yet the resolution does not directly state that GOP health plans would require guaranteed issue or community-rating in all circumstances.

October 02, 2018 | Daily News

More than 700 hospitals and health systems are asking House and Senate leadership to protect the 340B drug discount program in light of recent regulations and legislative proposals the providers say would “undo more than two decades of bipartisan work” on the safety net.

September 28, 2018 | Daily News

The sweeping opioid deal passed by the House Friday (Sept. 28) includes new language aimed at closing a loophole in separate gag-order legislation that requires makers of biologics to report to the Federal Trade Commission settlements that could delay biosimilar competition.

September 28, 2018 | Daily News

A top American Hospital Association official warns that CMS could face a lawsuit if it proceeds with a proposal to level payments for clinic visits between some hospital off-campus facilities -- which were previously exempt from such cuts -- and physician offices.

September 27, 2018 | Daily News

A partial repeal of the Medicaid IMD exclusion in the final opioid bill agreed to by the House and Senate conference negotiators will cost the federal government just over $1 billion over 10 years, the Congressional Budget Office said Thursday (Sept. 27).

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