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August 04, 2020 | Daily News

Providers and plans applaud CMS’ regulatory proposal to make some telehealth provisions allowed during the COVID-19 pandemic permanent, but many say more needs to be done by the agency and Congress.

August 03, 2020 | Daily News

President Donald Trump on Monday (Aug. 3) signed an executive order calling on CMS to make permanent some telehealth provisions allowed during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as authorize the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to create a rural health payment model.

August 03, 2020 | Daily News

Hospitals and other providers that took out Medicare loans earlier this year are beginning to see their pay withheld as those loans come due, and while the Federation of American Hospitals is blaming Congress for not acting quickly to avert the situation, the Medical Group Management Association says CMS should delay and change providers’ repayment obligations during the pandemic.

August 03, 2020 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce Committee Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) is concerned about efforts to make permanent FDA’s rare pediatric disease priority review voucher (PRV) program.

July 31, 2020 | Daily News

The House on Friday (July 31) passed 217-197 a fiscal 2021 funding bill containing a cannabis provision that one group argued would effectively prevent FDA from enforcing product safety standards.

July 31, 2020 | Daily News

As federal unemployment benefits under the CARES Act were set to expire Friday (July 31), negotiations between the White House and Congress stalled on a new coronavirus stimulus package with Democrats and Republicans pointing fingers at each other for the delay.

July 30, 2020 | Daily News

As lawmakers and industry experts criticize lack of federal coordination and slow turnaround times on COVID-19 diagnostic tests, HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir asserted that reports of widespread delays in receiving test results are largely inaccurate and that there are no significant problems with securing testing supplies.

July 29, 2020 | Daily News

Senate Republicans Wednesday (July 29) blocked Democratic Sens. Mark Warner (VA) and Doug Jones’(AL) attempt to pass by unanimous consent legislation that would provide new Medicaid expansion states 100% of federal match funding for the first three years, while Democrats stopped Sen. Rick Scott’s (R-FL) amendment to maintain certain consumer protections should the Affordable Care Act be thrown out.

July 29, 2020 | Daily News

A group of Senate Democrats are urging Senate leaders to wrap provisions from a data privacy bill introduced in May into the upcoming stimulus package as both sides of the aisle express interest in regulating personal health information collected by third-party apps in order to build public support for contract tracing and public health screening during the pandemic.

July 29, 2020 | Daily News

HHS and the White House released a report Wednesday (July 29) calling on Congress to end surprise billing but without saying whether Congress should opt for a bill that relies on arbitration or on set payment rates to settle out-of-network payments, which has been the big debate that's held up the whole process on Capitol Hill.

July 28, 2020 | Daily News

In their latest COVID-19 relief package, Senate Republicans propose allocating $4 billion to the United States Agency for International Development, of which $3 billion would go toward U.S. contributions to the international vaccine alliance Gavi, and $1 billion toward supporting vaccine distribution abroad.

July 28, 2020 | Daily News

The brand drug lobby and patient groups say the next iteration of prescription drug user fee legislation should expand use of decentralized clinical trials and digital health technologies that can collect data remotely.

July 27, 2020 | Daily News

The Senate GOP on Monday (July 27) unveiled its proposal for the negotiations over the next COVID-19 response bill, and while many of the health provisions track with a previous draft there are additional provisions and details, including a fee on Medicare beneficiaries to repay the Supplemental Medical Insurance Trust Fund for avoiding Part B premium increases in 2021, a five-year telehealth extension for Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics, and nursing home provisions that are in line with work HHS is already conducting.

July 27, 2020 | Daily News

Senate Republicans’ COVID-19 relief package, introduced Monday (July 27), calls on FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to coordinate on efforts to improve and speed development of diagnostic tests, treatments and vaccines for emerging infectious diseases, and to work with stakeholders to identify medical product supply needs for public health emergency response.

July 27, 2020 | Daily News

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Senate health committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) introduced bills Monday (July 27) that aim to ramp up domestic procurement and manufacturing of medical products, and provide tax credits to qualifying personal protective equipment manufacturers.

July 27, 2020 | Daily News

The Alliance to Fight for Health Care, a broad-based coalition that supports employer-sponsored insurance, is disappointed the GOP’s opening shot on the next COVID-19 package fails to include subsidies that would help employees purchase COBRA coverage.

July 24, 2020 | Daily News

The House on Friday (July 24) passed 224-189 an FDA spending package that would give the agency $3.21 billion in discretionary funding, an increase of $40.8 million over fiscal 2020 funding levels, and would provide the agency authority to recall drugs.

July 23, 2020 | Daily News

FDA will require drug makers to include naloxone co-prescribing information in labeling for all opioids and opioid use disorder medications, including buprenorphine, methadone and naltrexone, the agency announced Thursday (July 23).

July 23, 2020 | Daily News

While a final package has yet to emerge, details are trickling out on the scope of Senate Republicans’ latest draft COVID-19 response bill: A summary floating on Capitol Hill that lobbyists say followed a GOP meeting on Wednesday (July 22) includes expected liability protections, less funding for provider relief than sought by stakeholders, an extension of telehealth reimbursement through 2021, and flat Medicare Part B premiums for next year.

July 22, 2020 | Daily News

The American Hospital Association, the American Nurse Association and the American Medical Association on Wednesday (July 22) called on congressional leaders to replenish the provider relief fund with an additional $100 billion in the upcoming coronavirus stimulus package.

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