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August 22, 2018 | Daily News

Senate health committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) says he supports requiring drug companies to disclose drug prices in their direct-to-consumer ads, and took to the Senate floor Wednesday (Aug. 22) to promise that the idea will eventually become law.

August 22, 2018 | Daily News

The top Democrats on the Senate and House committees that oversee Medicaid told HHS Secretary Alex Azar Wednesday (Aug. 22) not to re-approve Kentucky’s proposed Medicaid work requirements, saying the requirements “contravene longstanding Congressional intent.”

August 22, 2018 | Daily News

The Trump administration is touting its efforts to increase generic competition as a key achievement of its push to lower drug prices, but Chip Davis, the head of the generic lobby, tells Inside Health Policy that simply increasing the number of generics approved isn't enough to lower prices.

August 22, 2018 | Daily News

Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act has created an incentive for states to game the system in order to access more federal money, CMS Administrator Seema Verma told members of the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee in her first time testifying on Capitol Hill as the agency’s head.

August 21, 2018 | Daily News

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) told reporters Tuesday (Aug. 21) that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh believes Roe v. Wade is “settled law,” but, despite his assurances, Collins said she has yet to decide whether to vote for his confirmation.

August 20, 2018 | Daily News

HHS is touting the fact that drug companies took fewer price increases following the launch of the administration's drug pricing plan, but at the same time says progress on controlling prices should not be pegged on industry’s voluntary actions.

August 20, 2018 | Daily News

Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) is calling for an overhaul of FDA's safety protocols for transmucosal immediate-release fentanyl (TIRF) products, pointing to data suggesting the agency has known that its current Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies have allowed widespread off-label prescribing of the risky opioid product.

August 15, 2018 | Daily News

The House Ways & Means Committee plans to send four letters to CMS highlighting ways to relieve administrative burden for hospitals, post-acute care providers, physicians and rural providers as part of its Medicare red tape relief project, but a new report from the committee includes no concrete plans for legislation despite Chair Peter Roskam's (R-IL) call earlier this year for legislative action this summer.

August 10, 2018 | Daily News

Reps. Phil Roe (R-TN) and Ami Bera (D-CA) are asking colleagues join them on a letter asking CMS Administrator Seema Verma to inform Medicare Advantage plans they can't use prior authorization to inhibit access to services.

August 10, 2018 | Daily News

The Association of American Medical Colleges is adding its voice to those raising concerns that CMS' proposed simplification of -- and subsequent cuts to -- evaluation and management coding could hurt providers, and the group says Congress may need to step in to stop the erosion of physician reimbursement.

August 10, 2018 | Daily News

The chairs of the Senate Finance and House Energy & Commerce committees on Thursday (Aug. 9) asked the White House budget chief to carefully calculate the economic impact of changes HHS is considering to the anti-kickback law’s treatment of drug rebates.

August 09, 2018 | Daily News

Representatives of the device industry praised FDA for expanding on concepts included in a diagnostic test oversight bill floating on Capitol Hill, such as creating efficient, predictable pathways to market for diagnostic tests; accrediting third-party organizations to help with the review process; and recognizing the effect of special controls, which exempt certain in vitro clinical tests from premarket review.

August 08, 2018 | Daily News

HHS says it will encourage Congress to pursue legislation to make short-term health plans guaranteed renewable, after federal statute barred the Trump administration from doing so in its recently released final rule expanding short-term plans.

August 08, 2018 | Daily News

A spokesman for the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) said his organization is reaching out to Colorado voters through local radio, television, print and online networks in a bid to pressure Sen. Michael Bennett (CO) to become the medical device tax-repeal bill’s tenth Democratic cosponsor in the Senate.

August 07, 2018 | Daily News

Senators looking at how to reduce administrative costs in the health system were encouraged by a Harvard professor to consider pushing for more standardized prior authorization procedures, aspects of which were backed by doctors and hospitals as part of a consensus statement released earlier this year along with the insurance lobby and BlueCross BlueShield Association.

August 06, 2018 | Daily News

Dozens of House and Senate lawmakers from both parties are pressing HHS Secretary Alex Azar to revive an earlier proposal, absent from administration's drug-pricing blueprint, to scrap retroactive direct and indirect remuneration fees that Part D plans charge pharmacies.

August 02, 2018 | Daily News

A group of top Senate Democrats announced Thursday (Aug. 2) they will soon introduce legislation in accordance with the Congressional Review Act to overturn the Trump administration’s newly finalized rule expanding the scope of short-term, limited-duration health plans.

August 01, 2018 | Daily News

HHS wrote its controversial short-term plan rule anticipating the agency would be sued. The department added a unique severability clause stating that, if a court invalidated the extended 36-month duration of the short-term plans, the rest of the rule would still be enforced.

August 01, 2018 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce GOP leaders are asking 340B contract pharmacies to explain their relationships with the providers eligible for the program's drug discounts after a Government Accountability Office report found the Health Resources and Services Administration, due to its weak oversight, can't be sure that 340B providers are following the rules for contract pharmacies.

August 01, 2018 | Daily News

The Senate soundly rejected an amendment proposed by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) to the minibus appropriations bill on Wednesday (Aug. 1) that aimed to protect those marketing products using common compound names that identify an alternative plant or animal source, such as almond milk, goat cheese or gluten-free bread, Lee said when he described the measure.

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