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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) tells Inside Health Policy that the GOP will amend the GOP health care bill to keep the extra Medicare tax on wealthier enrollees for six years.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

CMS' independent actuary estimates there would be an $8.7 billion aggregate increase in Medicare Part B premiums through fiscal year 2027 as a result of the American Health Care Act's repeal of the ACA's tax on the drug industry, Senate Finance Ranking Democrat Ron Wyden (OR) and House Energy & Commerce Ranking Democrat Frank Pallone (NJ) said late Wednesday citing information they received from the actuary.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

CMS' independent actuary estimates there would be an $8.7 billion aggregate increase in Medicare Part B premiums through fiscal year 2027 as a result of the American Health Care Act's repeal of the ACA's tax on the drug industry, Senate Finance Ranking Democrat Ron Wyden (OR) and House Energy & Commerce Ranking Democrat Frank Pallone (NJ) said late Wednesday citing information they received from the actuary.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

CMS says it is aiming to get doctors information on whether they meet the volume thresholds for participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System this spring, and the Medical Group Management Association says the lack of eligibility notifications is “generating considerable frustration and confusion.”

Monday, 20 March 2017

CMS is pushing back the start date of its mandatory cardiac care bundles at least three months to give the new administration time to review the rule that sets them up and, if necessary, change the policy behind those bundles, the agency said Monday (March 20).

Friday, 17 March 2017

The Health Resources and Services Administration again pushed back implementing the 340B ceiling price and civil monetary penalty rule, saying there are still substantial questions about the rule and signaling the administration may be taking a broader overall look at the implementation of 340B drug discounts and how this rule fits in.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

President Donald Trump's “skinny budget” for fiscal 2018 pumps more money into efforts to stem Medicare and Medicaid waste, fraud and abuse, but also signals possible changes to Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program by saying agency resources should be focused on the “highest priority activities” necessary to keep the programs running efficiently.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

The Senate on Monday (March 13) voted 55 to 43 to confirm Seema Verma as CMS administrator about an hour after the Congressional Budget Office projected that Republicans’ health care bill would cause 14 million people to lose their coverage from Medicaid, the program that Verma is expected to help Republicans overhaul.

Thursday, 09 March 2017

House Energy & Commerce Republicans advanced the American Health Care Act after Democrats tried to slow down the effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act by proposing amendments to protect Medicaid expansion, essential health benefits and what Republicans call the ACA’s “slush fund” -- the Prevention and Public Health Fund.

Thursday, 09 March 2017

House Ways & Means Republicans passed the American Health Care Act in the early hours of Thursday after a marathon 18-hour partisan markup where Democrats pulled out all stops as they tried to derail the bill, including offering amendments to delay the markup, require Congressional Budget Office scores to be made public a week before a vote on the bill, allow individuals to opt out of the bill and keep the ACA and repeal the Cadillac tax. None of the amendments passed; Republicans voted to table them after they were ruled out of scope.

Wednesday, 08 March 2017

Beneficiary advocates are increasingly worried that Medicare reform is back on the GOP's agenda, though a recent statement by House Ways & Means Chair Kevin Brady (R-TX) indicated lawmakers have enough on their hands and big Medicare reforms would have to wait.

Wednesday, 08 March 2017

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Wednesday (March 8) criticized the accuracy of Congressional Budget Office scores a day after Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) said he heard Republicans might subvert the CBO to deflect criticism of what is widely expected to be an unflattering estimate of the GOP's Obamacare-repeal bill's cost.

Monday, 06 March 2017

Democrats blasted the GOP health overhaul package as hurting Medicare, and a Democratic congressional aide pointed to concerns that a provision repealing a Medicare hospital tax levied by the Affordable Care Act on those with incomes over $200,000 could shorten the life of the Medicare Part A trust fund.

Monday, 06 March 2017

States can use alternative payment models to bring prescription drug companies to the negotiating table and lower prices of drugs in the Medicaid drug rebate program without changing laws, researchers from Oregon Health & Science University told congressional advisers on Friday (March 3).

Friday, 03 March 2017

Congressional Medicare advisers plan to vote on Medicare Part B drug pay recommendations in April, and at a meeting this week continued to debate draft policies such as requiring HHS to use a common billing code to pay for a reference biologic and its biosimilars and a market-based alternative to the current Part B drug pay system.

Friday, 03 March 2017

CMS will offer relief from Medicare Part B late penalties for certain consumers who were enrolled in exchange plans and became eligible for Medicare but didn't initially enroll because they didn't receive the proper information.

Thursday, 02 March 2017

Senate Finance Committee members on Thursday (March 2) voted 13-12 along party lines to confirm Seema Verma as CMS administrator.

Wednesday, 01 March 2017

Senate Finance Committee members voted nearly along party lines for Seema Verma as CMS administrator in a preliminary vote Wednesday, but the final vote is expected to take place Thursday.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Senate Finance Committee ranking Democrat Ron Wyden (OR) said he expects to offer prescription drug cost proposals in “the days ahead” after questioning both CMS administrator-nominee Seema Verma and HHS Secretary Tom Price on what the administration might do to bring drug prices down.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Non-defense federal agencies will be cut a total of $54 billion as part of President Donald Trump's proposed discretionary budget to offset new military spending the White House said Monday (Feb. 27), a cut if applied equally across agencies could render FDA incapable of fulfilling its responsibilities, a longtime FDA observer told Inside Health Policy.

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