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May 08, 2019 | Daily News

As lawmakers framed the watermark 2015 law that revamped how Medicare pays doctors as a step in the right direction, physician groups bombarded Senate Finance Committee members on Wednesday (May 8) with suggestions on ways to improve the law, including continuing base pay hikes for physicians over the next few years, making the 5% bonus for those participating in alternative pay models permanent and, according to one academic, eliminating the Merit-based Incentive Payment System completely.

May 07, 2019 | Daily News

Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) are urging Attorney General William Barr and the Department of Justice to reconsider their push to overturn the Affordable Care Act through the courts.

May 07, 2019 | Daily News

Major lobby groups representing diagnostic test makers wrote to House and Senate committee heads on Monday (May 6) asking them to work with stakeholders and FDA to revise their draft legislation that lays out an approach for FDA to regulate in-vitro clinical tests.

May 07, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) suggested Tuesday (May 7) that lawmakers may need to weigh how patient privacy could be affected by third-party apps accessing health data, and Senate health committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) agreed that area needs lawmakers’ attention.

May 07, 2019 | Daily News

House Democrats plan to hold floor votes next week on several bills to shore up the Affordable Care Act, according to an aide for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). The staffer would not specify which of the Energy & Commerce Committee-approved ACA bills the House will next consider.

May 07, 2019 | Daily News

The cost of implementing a new system to administer payments from drug makers to pharmacies under the Trump administration’s point-of-sale rebate proposal would increase premiums by about 1 percent of the amount of the chargebacks, the Congressional Budget Office estimates.

May 07, 2019 | Daily News

The Trump administration’s point-of-sale rebate proposal would drastically alter the way rebates are delivered, and pharmacy benefit managers are angling for responsibility to distribute the rebates under the new model.

May 03, 2019 | Daily News

The House is scheduled to vote the week of May 6 on two minor drug-pricing bills that were part of a legislative package the House Energy & Commerce Committee passed last month.

May 03, 2019 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee chair Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) told aides Tuesday (April 30) that she is frustrated with the lack of communication between House Democratic leadership and other members regarding drug-pricing negotiations.

May 02, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) announced that his committee will hold a hearing next Wednesday (May 8) to evaluate how well the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 is meeting its goals in reforming physician payments and to discuss ways to improve the law’s implementation.

May 02, 2019 | Daily News

House and Senate Democrats on Wednesday (May 1) introduced two new public option proposals that would allow private insurance to operate alongside a government-funded health care system, coming a day after Congress held its first hearing on more-aggressive Medicare for All legislation, demonstrating the growing policy rift within the Democratic party when it comes to expanding health care.

May 01, 2019 | Daily News

The Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday (May 1) said moving to a single-payer health care system could significantly affect the entire economy and laid out key issues for lawmakers to consider when crafting legislation that could affect one-sixth of the gross domestic product, but CBO did not provide a cost estimate or spell out specific recommendations.

May 01, 2019 | Daily News

The Congressional Budget Office said a single-payer health care system could lead drug makers to cut back research on new treatments and to shift their research focus to drugs that are significantly better than existing treatments.

May 01, 2019 | Daily News

Senate health committee members Tina Smith (D-MN) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) reintroduced a bipartisan bill on Wednesday (May 1) to lower health care spending costs by 50% over 10 years after committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said last month he would soon bring a legislative package together on lowering health costs.

May 01, 2019 | Daily News

Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) expressed little enthusiasm in returning to their legislation to shore up the Affordable Care Act, despite the White House’s recent call to revive the plan.

May 01, 2019 | Daily News

Congressional Medicaid advisers are seeking information from stakeholders about how states regulate large inpatient psychiatric facilities, what types of services those facilities provide, and the availability of outpatient services for patients after being discharged.

May 01, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing May 7 on drug makers' practices of gaming the patent system to extend their monopolies on prescription drugs.

May 01, 2019 | Daily News

President Donald Trump will meet soon with Democrats to discuss policies aimed at lowering drug costs, according to a White House press statement following a meeting on infrastructure that Trump held with democrats Tuesday (April 30) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

April 30, 2019 | Daily News

The House Rules Committee debated the potential costs, burden and benefits of transitioning to a Medicare for All system during the first-ever Capitol Hill hearing on the proposal.

April 30, 2019 | Daily News

House Appropriations HHS subcommittee ranking Republican Tom Cole (OK) raised concerns Tuesday (April 30) that the Labor-HHS fiscal 2020 funding bill as marked up by the subcommittee won’t get Senate agreement and pass presidential scrutiny, raising issues with the bill's overall spending levels, Title X provisions and exchange advertising measures.

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