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On December 13, 2016, President Barack Obama signed H.R. 34, the 21st Century Cures Act (the Act), into law. This sweeping healthcare law addresses the discovery, development and delivery of new drugs and medical treatments; it also includes substantial mental health reforms and assorted Medicare- and Medicaid-related provisions. The law is a product of the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Initiative, spearheaded by US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI)…
On June 7, the House passed H.R. 5273, the Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act of 2016 which, in part, modifies the Medicare payment rules for certain hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) which were adopted as part of the “site-neutral” payment provisions under Section 603 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (Pub. L. No 114017). As we discussed in November, Section 603 will effectively reduce compensation for certain off-campus HOPDs beginning January 2017 by eliminating…
Legislative Activity House Energy and Commerce Committee to Hold Concussion Roundtable Last December, House Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) announced that the committee would commence a broad review of concussions and their implications. His initiative officially begins this week, with a roundtable titled “Broad Review of Concussions: Initial Roundtable.” The committee has stated that the goal of the roundtable is “to advance the conversation beyond the attention-grabbing headlines to make a…
Two Health Bills Scheduled for House Floor House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has stated that the chamber may consider two health bills this coming week. On Tuesday, March 1, the House is expected to consider H.R. 2814, to Name the Department of Veterans Affairs Community-Base Outpatient Clinic in Sevierville, Tennessee, the Dannie A. Carr Veterans Outpatient Clinic, under suspension of the rules. The next day, the House is expected to consider H.R. 3716, the…
Legislative Activity Two Health Bills Scheduled for House Floor House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has stated that the chamber may consider two health bills this coming week. On Tuesday, March 1, the House is expected to consider H.R. 2814, to Name the Department of Veterans Affairs Community-Base Outpatient Clinic in Sevierville, Tennessee, the Dannie A. Carr Veterans Outpatient Clinic, under suspension of the rules. The next day, the House is expected to consider H.R.…
Senate Cloture Vote Scheduled for FDA Nominee, Chamber May Consider Opioid Legislation On Monday, February 22, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has scheduled a cloture vote on the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner.   Three Senators – Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) – have raised a variety of concerns and placed holds on the nomination.  Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) lifted her hold after…
Legislative Activity Senate Cloture Vote Scheduled for FDA Nominee, Chamber May Consider Opioid Legislation On Monday, February 22, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has scheduled a cloture vote on the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner.   Three Senators – Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) – have raised a variety of concerns and placed holds on the nomination.  Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) lifted her…
Congress Awaits Health Provisions in President’s Budget On Tuesday, February 9, President Barack Obama will submit his FY 2017 Budget Request to Congress, which is expected to include several large-scale investments for the nation’s health. Last week, the White House released a “sneak preview” of the Budget, which includes: $755 million for cancer research as part of the “moonshot” to cure cancer; a legislative proposal to provide any state that takes up the Medicaid expansion…
Legislative Activity Congress Awaits Health Provisions in President’s Budget On Tuesday, February 9, President Barack Obama will submit his FY 2017 Budget Request to Congress, which is expected to include several large-scale investments for the nation’s health. Last week, the White House released a “sneak preview” of the Budget, which includes: $755 million for cancer research as part of the “moonshot” to cure cancer; a legislative proposal to provide any state that takes up the…
House to Consider Overriding President’s Veto of Reconciliation Legislation Following a postponement due to weather last week, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has announced that on Tuesday, February 2, the House will consider the President’s veto message on H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015. The legislation seeks to repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act; it passed the Senate on a 52-47 vote and the House on a…