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December 17, 2018 | Daily News

Senate Democrats are seizing the opportunity to pressure their Republican colleagues to intervene after a Texas federal district court judge ruled to overturn the entirety of the Affordable Care Act, a move that could cause a split among the GOP as lawmakers choose between defending the health law and siding with the Trump administration.

December 17, 2018 | Daily News

The head of Alliance for a Stronger FDA warned that FDA food safety inspections would be hit particularly hard should a government shutdown occur on Friday (Dec. 21).

December 17, 2018 | Daily News

HHS stressed Monday (Dec. 17) that the administration will continue to enforce the Affordable Care Act in the face of a Texas federal district judge’s ruling late Friday that the ACA is unconstitutional, noting that the ruling is neither an injunction nor a final judgment.

December 14, 2018 | Daily News

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission is considering draft recommendations to alter two key areas of hospital payment policy in Medicaid: disproportionate share hospital payments and the upper payment limit for hospitals.

December 14, 2018 | Daily News

CBO on Thursday (Dec. 13) added two options to reduce Medicare Advantage plan payments to its suggestions on ways to reduce the deficit -- change payments to plans for beneficiary health risks and reduce quality bonus payments to MA plans.

December 14, 2018 | Daily News

Reducing the federal Medicaid match is one of the options laid out by the Congressional Budget Office in its latest report on ways to reduce the deficit, released Thursday (Dec. 13).

December 13, 2018 | Daily News

The Congressional Budget Office once again included dozens of health-related policies in its list of deficit reduction concepts that could be used for offsets over the 10-year budget period, and one of the largest revenue raisers would be to repeal the forthcoming 40 percent tax on high-cost employer plans -- or the “Cadillac” tax -- and instead limit the open ended tax exclusion for employer-sponsored insurance (ESI).

December 13, 2018 |

The Congressional Budget Office’s Dec. 7 publication of its cost estimate for the Senate’s over-the-counter monograph reform bill bolstered stakeholders’ hopes that the bill might pass the upper chamber before the end of the lame-duck session.

December 13, 2018 | Daily News

The Congressional Budget Office’s Dec. 7 publication of its cost estimate for the Senate’s over-the-counter monograph reform bill bolstered stakeholders’ hopes that the bill might pass the upper chamber before the end of the lame-duck session.

December 11, 2018 | Daily News

House Ways & Means Republicans put a spotlight on a package of bills Tuesday (Dec. 11) as part of their Medicare Red Tape Relief Project, including legislation to give providers an annual vehicle to tell CMS how to reduce administrative burden, codify CMS’ quality measure removal factors, permanently get rid of physician supervision requirements for critical access hospitals, repeal the 96-hour rule for critical access hospitals, and require prior authorization notification and a study on simplification.

December 11, 2018 | Daily News

Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) called on think tank leaders to help craft legislation to lower health care costs, saying the federal government will not be able to cut health insurance costs until it can lower the overarching costs of healthcare.

December 11, 2018 | Daily News

Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) called on think tank leaders to help craft legislation to lower health care costs, saying the federal government will not be able to cut health insurance costs until it can lower the overarching costs of healthcare.

December 11, 2018 | Daily News

The Republican and Democratic senators who recently introduced a Medicaid-rebate bill support the House Medicare/Medicaid legislative package that their bill is being used to help pay for.

December 10, 2018 | Daily News

Outgoing House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) introduced a year-end tax package on Monday (Dec. 10) that delays the Affordable Care Act’s medical device tax, health insurance tax and “Cadillac tax,” and he told reporters he hopes the bill will pass with bipartisan support before Christmas.

December 10, 2018 | Daily News

Insurers, beneficiary advocates, retailers and employers floated guiding principles they hope will drive an expected bipartisan effort by the incoming Congress to tackle “surprise medical billing,” and urged lawmakers to end surprise medical billing and standardize payments to out-of-network physicians.

December 07, 2018 | Daily News

The House is using Medicaid-rebate legislation, introduced Dec. 4 in the Senate, to pay for a bill that combines a handful of Medicaid and Medicare bills from the past two years, according to legislation on the House floor schedule for the week of Dec. 10.

December 07, 2018 | Daily News

The top Democrats on key House committees are demanding HHS produce by Dec. 31 documents and communications related to the department’s involvement in the administration’s decision not to defend the Affordable Care Act in the pending Texas case.

December 07, 2018 | Daily News

Congress’ Medicare payment advisers discussed possible 2020 pay for a wide range of providers at their December meeting Thursday and Friday (Dec. 6 and Dec. 7), including draft recommendations to tie some hospital pay to the advisers’ Hospital Value Incentive Program, but the commissioners plan to look again at what to pay long-term care hospitals in January as they didn’t agree on whether to provide LTCHs a pay increase in 2020.

December 07, 2018 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Democrat Ron Wyden (OR) called on CMS Thursday (Dec. 6) to “be straight with the seniors about all of their health care options” amid concerns from some beneficiary advocates that the agency is favoring Medicare Advantage over traditional Medicare.

December 07, 2018 | Daily News

Industry lawyers expect more in vitro diagnostic test makers to apply for CLIA waivers thanks to newly issued FDA guidances that make the process less prescriptive and clarify that tests for which trained and untrained users get comparable results are entitled to a waiver.

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