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September 05, 2018 | Daily News

House Ways & Means Chair Kevin Brady (R-TX) and health subcommittee Chair Peter Roskam (R-IL) welcomed CMS' efforts to revamp Medicare accountable care organizations and said they appreciate the agency's proposal to extend current contracts by six months to prevent the mass exit of ACOs -- but they also asked the agency to reconsider reducing shared savings down to 25 percent for those ACOs that don't take on risk.

September 04, 2018 | Daily News

Jon Kyl, the former Arizona senator chosen to serve out the term of the late Sen. John McCain (R), lobbied for the brand drug industry since 2015, according to lobbyist filings for Kyl’s firm, Covington & Burling.

September 04, 2018 | Daily News

The National PACE Association is pleased the House Ways & Means Committee is taking up legislation that would direct HHS to finalize regulations from 2016 that would let providers determine who should update care plans, let PACE facilities contract with primary care providers and reduce the number of on-site audits.

September 04, 2018 | Daily News

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) in a Friday preview of the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee that kicked of Tuesday (Sept. 4) worried that Brett Kavanaugh's positions on presidential power could threaten the ACA's preexisting conditions protections.

August 31, 2018 | Daily News

The House Ways & Means Committee will mark up four Medicare-related bills Wednesday (Sept. 5), including one measure that would test using smart-card technology for beneficiaries’ Medicare cards and another that would finalize regulations for the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly.

August 30, 2018 | Daily News

Republican leaders of the House Energy & Commerce Committee on Thursday (Aug. 30) asked congressional Medicare advisers to investigate the effects of hospital consolidation on rising Medicare costs, including prescription drug prices.

August 30, 2018 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce oversight subcommittee will hold a hearing Thursday (Sept. 6) to review abuse, neglect and substandard care in nursing homes, and federal efforts to make sure residents are safe.

August 30, 2018 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee will hold a hearing Wednesday (Sept. 5) to discuss the Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act, an extension of the Medicaid Money Follows the Person Demonstration, a bill to clarify the authority of the Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Units and legislation to codify the Healthcare Fraud Prevention Partnership.

August 30, 2018 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee will hold a hearing Sept. 5 on draft legislation banning so-called gag clauses in Medicare and the private market that prevent a pharmacist from telling a patient when it would be cheaper to buy a drug with cash rather than insurance.

August 29, 2018 | Daily News

Patient groups and doctors -- some of whom just signed on to the American Medical Association's push to get CMS to back away from proposed cuts to evaluation and management pay -- are asking CMS to discuss with stakeholders alternative ways to reduce paperwork that don't include its proposal to simplifying E/M coding.

August 29, 2018 | Daily News

Senate Republicans have cleared the Senate opioid package and are now awaiting for Democrats to clear it on their side, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said at a press conference Tuesday (Aug. 28).

August 28, 2018 | Daily News

Health insurance legislation meant to provide relief to large employers could make a return to the House floor in September after leadership axed it from a package of health legislation in July, sources say.

August 27, 2018 | Daily News

Congress should not use a measure that extends the time kidney-failure patients can stay on private insurance to help pay for House opioid legislation, insurers, unions and employers told Senate leaders, but patient groups praised the House legislation.

August 24, 2018 | Daily News

GOP senators' move to protect many of the Affordable Care Act's market reforms, which are under threat from a Texas lawsuit, signals that Republicans are finally ready to embrace key provisions of the law and end their years long effort to fully repeal it, says one lobbyist.

August 24, 2018 | Daily News

The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) and AdvaMedDx are raising concerns with a draft legislative proposal floated by FDA on Aug. 6 that would overhaul federal regulation of diagnostics, including laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) and in vitro diagnostics (IVDs). ACLA asks lawmakers to reject the proposal in its entirety, while AdvaMedDx calls for more discussion on the plan.

August 24, 2018 | Daily News

The Senate-passed “minibus” spending bill asks the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to update Congress on 21st Century Cures Act regulatory action relating to information blocking and the conditions of certification for health IT.

August 23, 2018 | Daily News

The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office says Trump administration policies that reduced navigator funding resulted in decreased ACA enrollment in 2018, and urges the administration to change its funding approach.

August 23, 2018 | Daily News

The Senate passed a fiscal 2019 Labor-HHS spending bill late Thursday (Aug. 23) that didn't include two controversial amendments -- one defunding Planned Parenthood and another allowing the Senate to intervene in the Texas v. HHS case should the court rule to eliminate the mandate for coverage of preexisting conditions.

August 23, 2018 | Daily News

Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL)’s amendment paving the way for mandatory price disclosures in direct-to-consumer ads cleared the Senate late Thursday, after Grassley took to the Senate floor to blame “big pharma” for trying to stop the DTC ad amendment and for successfully keeping a handful of other drug-pricing measures on ice.

August 23, 2018 | Daily News

A coalition of 19 health care organizations lead by the American Heart Association asked bicameral farm bill conferees to omit a loan program for association health plans from the final legislation, pointing to the challenges faced by the Affordable Care Act's co-ops -- which also received federal loans -- and the adverse health implications of those plans on farmers.

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