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July 16, 2020 | Daily News

HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir said on Thursday (July 16) that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance is coming soon to dissuade what he called unnecessary COVID-19 testing.

July 16, 2020 | Daily News

Members of the House’s bipartisan Congressional Telehealth Caucus unveiled legislation Thursday (July 16) that would extend the expanded use of telehealth in Medicare beyond the pandemic.

July 16, 2020 | Daily News

Home health providers in North Carolina and Florida were shocked that CMS decided to start the Review Choice Demonstration in those states in August, and lobbyists say they hope the decision to launch the demo in two new states in the middle of a pandemic was an oversight that will be corrected.

July 15, 2020 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee on Wednesday (July 15) approved for floor action three bills that would strengthen patient protections for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.

July 15, 2020 | Daily News

A new House Ways & Means Democratic report on rural and medically underserved areas says stakeholders painted a bleak picture of the myriad problems facing those areas but they didn’t provide many overarching solutions -- and that may mean that narrow, community-specific interventions are what’s needed, even if those models aren’t necessarily scalable.

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.

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