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July 13, 2020 | Daily News

The insurance lobby last week released a short brief detailing the explosive growth in the use of telehealth services during the pandemic and offering policy recommendations to ensure the gains are protected once the public health emergency ends.

July 10, 2020 | Daily News

Small city, certain rural and acute care hospitals will qualify for $4 billion in provider relief after HHS realized these facilities had been excluded from previous distributions, HHS announced Friday (July 10).

July 10, 2020 | Daily News

CMS on Friday (July 10) announced it was deploying Quality Improvement Organizations to nursing homes in COVID-19 hotspots, the same day an independent commission convened by CMS to assess the nursing homes’ response to the pandemic called for public input.

July 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Bipartisan Policy Center calls on Congress to boost funding for partial Medicaid expansion so that more people could be enrolled amid the mass unemployment driven by the pandemic, as red states that have seen their revenues drop in recent months would be nudged to expand their programs.

July 09, 2020 | Daily News

Big brand-drug executives announced Thursday (July 9) that they’ve created a $1 billion fund to help small- to mid-sized companies develop breakthrough antibiotics because, they said, the market is broken and resistance to existing antibiotics is growing.

July 09, 2020 | Daily News

HHS on Thursday (July 9) announced that it has awarded more than $21 million to community health centers, including facilities in the Health Center Program look-alikes, with funding to support COVID-19 testing.

July 09, 2020 | Daily News

The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday (July 8) awarded another $10.73 million to 25 health care providers in rural and urban areas of the country as part of its COVID-19 response fund for telehealth services.

July 08, 2020 | Daily News

The task force set up by the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden (DE) and formal rival Bernie Sanders Wednesday (July 8) unveiled a unity platform on securing universal health care.

July 08, 2020 | Daily News

Joe Biden would direct Medicare to negotiate prices of drugs that face little competition, using international prices as a reference, and the negotiated prices would be available to public and private insurers, according to the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s platform.

July 07, 2020 | Daily News

The Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness called on CMS to continue to allow telehealth flexibilities for behavioral health services beyond the pandemic, but to also closely study the efficiency of such services, in a letter sent to CMS Administrator Seema Verma on Monday (July 6).

July 06, 2020 | Daily News

CMS on Monday (July 6) proposed new Medicare add-on payments for innovative dialysis equipment that can be used in the home as part of its proposed end-stage renal disease pay rule.

July 06, 2020 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of 35 senators are asking CMS and HHS to assist them in codifying and expanding the telehealth flexibilities offered by the administration during the pandemic.

July 02, 2020 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley on Thursday (July 2) re-introduced drug pricing legislation that is structurally unchanged from the version passed by Finance last summer, but none of the Democrats who previously voted for it are co-sponsors.

July 02, 2020 | Daily News

Hospitals and providers are looking to the future, calling for a permanent emergency fund for hospitals in case of future emergencies, an investment in public health surveillance and medical supplies, and permanent flexibility to offer telehealth services in recent letters to Congress.

July 02, 2020 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of senators on Thursday (July 2) introduced legislation to waive eligibility requirements next year for any previously eligible hospital in the 340B program, citing challenges faced by these hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic that might make them ineligible moving forward.

July 01, 2020 | Daily News

A CMS official on Wednesday (July 1) hinted that an upcoming physician pay rule may contain provisions to make permanent waived restrictions in telehealth and encouraged stakeholders to comment on the rule once it’s proposed.

July 01, 2020 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley plans to introduce “in the coming days” an updated version of his drug pricing legislation, and the Iowa Republican now blames Democrats, who voted for his bill in committee, for not negotiating on changes.

June 30, 2020 | Daily News

Two Republican committee leaders on Monday (June 29) asked the HHS Office of the Inspector General to investigate whether five states violated federal guidance by asking nursing homes to accept COVID-19 positive patients.

June 29, 2020 | Daily News

The hospice lobby told Inside Health Policy on Monday (June 29) that HHS signaled to the group an extension of the public health emergency declaration is likely as a growing number of provider groups join hospitals’ calls to HHS to extend the declaration before its expiration on July 25.

June 29, 2020 | Daily News

The Trump administration has secured 500,000 treatment courses of Gilead’s experimental COVID-19 drug remdesivir, and hospitals will pay no more than $3,200 per average treatment course, HHS and Gilead announced Monday morning (June 29).

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