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September 03, 2003 | Daily News

Three pharmacy trade groups are lobbying conferees charged with crafting a Medicare drug benefit compromise to strip Senate-passed language that would set up a one-year FDA pharmacy compounding advisory committee. The groups argue that state boards, not FDA, should examine compounding safety issues.

September 03, 2003 | Daily News

House and Senate GOP leaders of the Medicare conference will try tomorrow (Sept. 4) to kick start faltering talks aimed at reconciling rival prescription drug bills amid expectations that President Bush will up the pressure on conferees to come up with a compromise bill this session.

August 29, 2003 | Daily News

Oncologists are mounting increased pressure on Medicare conferees to radically scale back proposed cuts in drug reimbursement even as CMS last week put forward a proposed revision to the Average Wholesale Price (AWP) reimbursement system that heightens pressure on cancer physicians to reach a deal with the conferees.

August 28, 2003 | Daily News

A push to change the Medicare coding system in a way that facilitates higher reimbursement for new medical technologies and procedures remains on the agenda of House Medicare conferees despite a tentative deal with their Senate counterparts that struck the provision from the conference report, industry sources said.

August 27, 2003 | Daily News

Key pharmacy groups and certain drug manufacturers have teamed up to lobby Medicare conferees to ensure adoption of the Senate Medicare bill's non-mandatory language on electronic prescribing, after it is modified to include safeguards against interference with prescriptions and choice of pharmacy, Inside CMS has learned. The move comes as more than 40 medical groups have voiced opposition to compulsory electronic prescribing in the House Medicare bill, stating that it would represent an "unfunded mandate" on physicians.

August 26, 2003 | Daily News

Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) this week pulled his staff out of the Medicare conference out of frustration that House staffers have refused to schedule talks to reconcile the competing bills' rural health provisions.

August 20, 2003 | Daily News

After years of partial success, a prominent long-term care group in the fight to eliminate congressionally mandated therapy caps is considering changing its tactics in an attempt to once-and-for-all repeal the Medicare rehabilitation therapy limits set to take effect next month.

August 15, 2003 | Daily News

Provider groups are asking Medicare conferees to pick the Senate's proposed seven-year consumer price index (CPI) freeze for durable medical equipment (DME) over the competitive bidding provision included in the House legislation.

In an open letter to Congress, the American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare) says the House's "so-called 'competitive bidding' provision would shop Medicare contracts out to the lowest bidder for [DME] at the expense of quality, restricting patient choice and access, and threatening thousands of small business jobs and local economies."

August 14, 2003 | Daily News

A broad coalition of Senate lawmakers is asking the Medicare conferees to include provisions in the conference agreement that would boost payments to the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) program.

August 14, 2003 | Daily News

In a notable bipartisan gesture, the nation's governors have united to officially urge Medicare conferees to back House language that would ensure all beneficiaries -- including those on Medicaid -- qualify for Medicare's new drug benefit. The call adds weight to a growing chorus of groups lobbying conferees for universal drug coverage.