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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Monday, May 11

Coronavirus Response: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, Vice Chairman Mary Gay Scanlon, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Chairman Steve Cohen, and Vice Chairman Jamie Raskin Seek Answers on DOJ Actions against State Imposed Coronavirus Restrictions

Tuesday, May 12

Coronavirus Response: Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray Presses Health Officials on Reopening Amid Need for Increased COVID-19 Testing and Supplies

  • ​House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr., Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, and Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert Scott Highlight Key Health Provisions in The HEROES Act

Veterans’ Affairs: Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Ranking Member Jon Tester Urges Transparency in VA Disability Claims Process during COVID-19 Pandemic

Protective Equipment: House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chair Diana DeGette Raise Alarm at Insufficient COVID-19 Protections for Food Production Workers

  • House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chair Diana DeGette Announce Inquiry Into Blue Flame Medical LLC for Failed Delivery of Personal Protective Equipment and Medical Supplies

Wednesday, May 13

Veterans’ Affairs: Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jerry Moran and Ranking Member Jon Tester Lead Bipartisan Call for Reimbursement Plan to Support VA’s COVID-19 Response

Coronavirus Response: House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis Holds Briefing with Experts on How to Safely Reopen Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Thursday, May 14

Veterans’ Affairs: Veterans’ Affairs Committee Leaders Call for GAO Oversight of Medical Supply Chain and VA COVID-19 Relief Funds

Friday, May 15

Coronavirus Response:  Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy and Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Ranking Member Jeff Merkley Call on USDA to Speed Food and Farm Assistance to Those in Need


REGULATORY UPDATE

Monday, May 11

CMS: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Proposed Rule on Medicare Payment Policies for Hospitals Paid Under Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS)

FDA: Food and Drug Administration Issues New Guidance to Accelerate Development of Novel Prevention, Treatment Options for COVID-19

Tuesday, May 12

FDA: Food and Drug Administration Issues Emergency Use Authorization for the Ascom teleCARE IP Nurse Call System to Reduce Healthcare Provider Risk of Exposure to COVID-19

Wednesday, May 13

HHS: Department of Health and Human Services Awards $15 Million to Support Telehealth Providers during the COVID-19 Pandemic

CMS: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Issues Nursing Homes Best Practices Toolkit to Combat COVID-19

SAMHSA: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Seeks Applications for $40 Million Emergency COVID-19 Grants for Suicide Prevention

FDA: Food and Drug Administration Announces Temporary Injunction against Xephyr LLC, Doing Business as N-Ergetics, Preventing Sale of Colloidal Silver Products for COVID-19

HHS: Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights Secures Agreement with West Virginia to Protect Persons in Recovery from Opioid Use Disorder from Discrimination on the Basis of Disability

Thursday, May 14

CMS: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Final Rule on Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2021

NIH: National Institutes of Health Begins Clinical Trial of Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin to Treat COVID-19

FDA: Food and Drug Administration Informs Public about Possible Accuracy Concerns with Abbott ID NOW Point-of-Care Test for COVID-19 Diagnosis

CMS: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Announces Call for Nominations for Coronavirus Commission on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes

HHS: Department of Health and Human Services Announces $5 Million for Health Services Research Related to COVID-19

Friday, May 15

HHS: Trump Administration Announces Framework and Leadership for ‘Operation Warp Speed’ to Accelerate Development of COVID-19 Vaccines, Therapeutics, and Diagnostics


UPCOMING EVENTS

Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

Hearings to examine the quarterly CARES Act report to Congress.

May 19, 2020 10:00 AM

Location: TBA

 

House Appropriations

Department of Veterans Affairs – Response to COVID-19

May 19, 2020 12:00 PM

2359 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

 

House Education and Labor

Examining the Federal Government’s Actions to Protect Workers from COVID-19.

May 20, 2020 10:15 AM

2175 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

 

Senate Aging

Hearings to examine caring for seniors amid the COVID-19 crisis.

May 21, 2020 9:30 AM

301 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

 

NCD

National Council on Disability

May 18, 2020 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Teleconference access – (888) 204-4368, passcode: 5084239

 

NIH

National Advisory Mental Health Council

May 19, 2020 9:00 AM

Web conference access — https://videocast.nih.gov/live.asp?live=37495

 

NIH

National Advisory Council for Nursing Research

May 19, 2020 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Web conference access — https://videocast.nih.gov/watch=36274

 

VA

Veterans and Community Oversight and Engagement Board

May 21, 2020 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Teleconference access – (800) 767-1750, passcode: 21115#

 

VA

Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation

May 26-28, 2020, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Teleconference access — 1-800-767-1750, passcode: 75937#

 

NIH

National Institute on Aging Programs Review

May 27, 2020 8:00 AM

Natcher Building, Conference Rooms E1 & E2

45 Center Drive

Bethesda, MD 20894

 

NIH

Deafness Disorder and Communication Programs Review

May 29, 2020 10:00 AM

Porter Neuroscience Research Center

35 Convent Drive, Building 35A, Room 620

Bethesda, MD 20892

 

CMS

Revisions to the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Coding for Durable Medical Equipment (DME) and Accessories, Orthotics and Prosthetics (O&P)

June 1, 2020 9 AM to 5 PM

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 9 AM to 12:30 PM

Web conference access — https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/MedHCPCSGenInfo/HCPCSPublicMeetings

 

CDC

Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee

June 4, 2020 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Teleconference access – 1-800-369-1817, passcode: 5200122

Registration — https://www.cdc.gov/hicpac

 

HHS/ NIH

Action Plan for the Muscular Dystrophies

June 8, 2020 1:00 PM

NIH Neuroscience Center

6001 Executive Boulevard

Bethesda, MD 20892

Livestream access —https://nih.webex.com/nih/onstage/g.php?MTID=e1c2d0bed65aa419911386eaa2ea2bb42

Registration —

https://meetings.ninds.nih.gov/Home/Registration/26698

 

CDC

Community Preventive Services Task Force

June 11, 2020 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Registration and access — http://www.thecommunityguide.org/

 

NIH

Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee

June 16, 2020 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Webcast access — http://iprcc.nih.gov/

Teleconference access — 1-650-479-3208, passcode:  622 776 328

 

HRSA

National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps

June 16, 2020 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Web conference access — https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/nacnep/

Teleconference access — 1-888-455-4141, passcode: “FACA Meeting” (voice response)

 

HHS

Physician Payment Models

June 22, 2020 9:00 AM

200 Independence Ave SW, Great Hall

Washington, DC 20515

 

CMS

Medicare Advisory Panel on Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Tests

July 29, 2020 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

July 30, 2020 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Web and teleconference access — https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/FACA/AdvisoryPanelonClinicalDiagnosticLaboratoryTests.html