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April 18, 2019 | Daily News

Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Francis Rooney (R-FL) have reintroduced a bill that would require manufacturers to provide HHS with advance notice and justification of price hikes on prescription drugs.

April 16, 2019 | Daily News

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) warned federal lawmakers that any forthcoming surprise billing legislation should consider state laws on the subject as well as the potential for litigation over any set payment rates.

April 16, 2019 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers Wednesday (April 10) reintroduced legislation to give CMS the authority to exempt alternative pay models and those under development from some Stark, or physician self-referral, law provisions, shortly after HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan assured attendees at the American Hospital Association that the department would issue rules as fast as it can easing the Stark and anti-kickback statutes’ restrictions on value-based pay.

April 15, 2019 | Daily News

House and Senate Republicans recently unveiled legislation that would codify the Trump administration’s final rule expanding association health plans (AHPs) in the wake of a recent court ruling that invalidated key provisions in the rule.

April 12, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), along with several other 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidates, reintroduced a wide-ranging bill to reform the Affordable Care Act exchanges.

April 12, 2019 | Daily News

HHS should issue guidance to help states understand what therapeutic foster care services can be covered under Medicaid and improve the coordination of those services, federal Medicaid advisers said Thursday (April 11).

April 12, 2019 | Daily News

Federal Medicaid advisers expressed general support for CMS’ goal to encourage better sharing of electronic health records through its recent proposed rule on interoperability, but they declined Friday (April 12) to weigh in with any formal comments on the proposed rule, even as a few commissioners worried that the rule’s timeline for implementing new data-access requirements is too aggressive.

April 12, 2019 | Daily News

New findings from duodenoscope sampling studies show the number of high-concern organisms found on reprocessed duodenoscopes is nearly 2.5% more than what FDA originally reported back in 2018, the agency’s device center director announced Friday (April 12).

April 12, 2019 | Daily News

A conservative health policy expert involved with the Health Care Consensus Group working on an Affordable Care Act replacement plan has moved up the release date after the White House plans to unveil a plan soon.

April 11, 2019 | Daily News

Federal Medicaid advisers voted Thursday (April 11) to recommend that Congress change the definition of the so-called Medicaid shortfall in order to re-impose stricter limits on the amount of supplemental payments that disproportionate-share hospitals can receive.

April 11, 2019 | Daily News

More than 65 provider and hospital groups are pushing lawmakers to back legislation to add 15,000 additional Medicare-funded residency slots over five years, and American Hospital Association Executive Vice President Tom Nickels said a critical mass of lawmaker support is needed before providers can get to the serious conversation of how to get such legislation marked up and possibly paid for.

April 11, 2019 | Daily News

The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare applauded a bipartisan home health bill introduced in the House Thursday (April 11) that would allow physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and certified nurse midwives, as opposed to just physicians, to order home health services for Medicare beneficiaries.

April 11, 2019 | Daily News

House Agriculture biotechnology subcommittee Chair Stacey Plaskett, who represents the U.S. Virgin Islands, said the subcommittee will spend the beginning of Congress’ term making sure FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are on track to have cannabis regulations in place.

April 10, 2019 | Daily News

White House and congressional Republicans immediately pounced on Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ (VT) introduction of Medicare for All legislation along with four other Democratic candidates to argue that all Democrats support a government takeover of health care, and they attempted to portray GOP ideas as a realistic alternative.

April 10, 2019 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce oversight Chair Diana DeGette (D-CO) said Wednesday (April 10) she hopes to have ready by July or September bipartisan legislation that makes insulin affordable.

April 10, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said Wednesday (April 10) if senators cannot reach consensus on a package to lower prescription drug costs by June, such a package may not pass this year.

April 10, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) reintroduced his Medicare for All legislation along with 14 other Democratic senators, pushing the party’s most-left health care proposal once again as other Democrats focus on more-moderate public options.

April 09, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) bashed Medicare for All and other universal health care proposals Tuesday (April 9) at the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) annual meeting and urged hospital groups to lobby against the progressive Democrats’ proposals.

April 09, 2019 | Daily News

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said on Tuesday (April 8) at the American Hospital Association’s annual meeting that action must be taken to ease the impact of scheduled Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital payment (DSH) cuts, calling for hospital groups to work with lawmakers on remedies.

April 09, 2019 | Daily News

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said on Tuesday (April 8) at the American Hospital Association’s annual meeting that action must be taken to ease the impact of scheduled Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital payment (DSH) cuts, calling for hospital groups to work with lawmakers on remedies.

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