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July 26, 2019 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce Committee leaders from both parties wrote to FDA Acting Commissioner Ned Sharpless on Thursday (July 25) suggesting the agency consider seeking help from state medical boards in overseeing the burgeoning stem cell clinics, or, at the very least, share compliance letters that could be used by the boards to revoke licenses of violative physicians.

July 26, 2019 | Daily News

A cell biologist praised House Energy & Commerce Committee leaders for suggesting FDA needs to step up its oversight of stem cell products amidst a surge of lawsuits and warning letters sent to violative manufacturers and clinics.

July 25, 2019 | Daily News

Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows (R-NC) said Thursday (July 25) it is “very likely” the Trump administration will take its own steps to lower drug prices in Part D, though the details are in flux. Meadows said he attended a drug-pricing meeting Wednesday between President Donald Trump and drug lobbyists that was first reported by Politico.

July 25, 2019 | Daily News

Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) are nearing an agreement to add an arbitration backstop to the committee's surprise billing legislation, bringing the Senate plan more in line with the House version. Cassidy expects that they’ll finalize the policy over the August recess.

July 25, 2019 | Daily News

Thirteen Republican senators and one Democrat voted Thursday (July 25) to kill President Donald Trump’s plan to connect Medicare payment for physician-administered drugs to foreign drug prices in a rebuke of one of the administration’s last remaining drug-pricing policies.

July 25, 2019 | Daily News

In a tie vote, an amendment to repeal a key measure of the Senate Finance Committee’s drug-pricing bill failed Thursday (July 25).

July 25, 2019 | Daily News

A measure to ban drug rebates that aren’t shared at the point of sale might be added to the Senate Finance Committee’s drug pricing bill before a floor vote, Senate Finance Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and ranking Democrat Ron Wyden (OR) said Thursday (July 25) during the bill’s markup.

July 25, 2019 | Daily News

As the Senate banking committee discussed financial service issues in the marijuana industry on Tuesday (July 23), a marijuana law advocate brought the focus back to public health, repeatedly telling lawmakers that Congress and regulators should focus on how to  respond to public health issues that could stem from legalized marijuana before they allow the industry to put its money into the banking system.

July 25, 2019 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce member William McKinley (R-WV) hopes to eliminate legal barriers to generic market entry through legislation that would narrow the situations in which brand-drug makers can litigate patents while still maintaining intellectual property protections.

July 24, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate will not vote on drug pricing legislation before the August recess, key committee chairs said Wednesday (July 23).

July 24, 2019 | Daily News

Air ambulance providers are pressing Senate health committee leaders to change the surprise billing policy in their cost-cutting legislation to better address out-of-network air ambulance bills by updating the Medicare reimbursement rate, requiring all insurers cover air ambulances and increasing the reimbursement rate above the median in-network rate for a geographic area.

July 24, 2019 | Daily News

Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and ranking Democrat Patty Murray (D-WA) said the Senate doesn't have time to consider their committee’s cost-cutting package, which includes legislation to end surprise billing and lower drug prices, but they didn't say why.

July 24, 2019 | Daily News

Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and ranking Democrat Patty Murray (D-WA) said the Senate doesn't have time to consider their committee’s cost-cutting package, which includes legislation to end surprise billing and lower drug prices, but they didn't say why.

July 23, 2019 | Daily News

CMS has agreed to tighten reporting guidance and data requirements for state survey agencies on abuse and neglect in nursing homes, but the agency continues to resist calls from the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) to examine claims data.

July 23, 2019 | Daily News

An FDA expert said the two-year deal reached by Congress and the White House on Monday (July 22) to raise the government’s budget caps is good for FDA in that it moves Congress closer to passing a 6% funding increase for the agency for fiscal 2020.

July 23, 2019 | Daily News

HHS Secretary Alex Azar is attempting to deflect attention away from the Affordable Care Act to the administration’s other health care priorities as a lawsuit, now backed by the administration, to unravel the health law moves through the courts.

July 23, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate Finance Committee unveiled a long-awaited drug-pricing bill, to be marked up Thursday (July 25), that includes monumental changes to drug-pricing policy in Medicare and Medicaid -- including restructuring the Part D benefit, imposing controversial inflationary rebates in Medicare Parts B and D, and raising the rebate cap in Medicaid.

July 23, 2019 | Daily News

Lawmakers on the Senate Finance Committee did not hesitate to criticize the grand drug-pricing bargain Senate Finance Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and ranking Democrat Ron Wyden (OR) rolled out Tuesday (July 23).

July 22, 2019 |

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s drug-price negotiation bill will be unveiled in early September to give drug makers less time to undermine the plan over the August recess and the Congressional Budget Office more time to formally score the bill, senior Pelosi aide Wendell Primus said Monday (July 22).

July 22, 2019 | Daily News

Expanding Medicaid coverage is associated with a reduction in mortality among low-income populations that benefit from expansion, according to a University of Michigan study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research Monday (July 22).

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