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WHITE HOUSE UPDATE

Coronavirus: President Trump Announces Guidelines for Re-Opening Nation in Next Chapter of COVID-19 Recovery


LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Monday, April 13

Health Insurance: Democratic Health Leaders Urge Trump Administration to Assist Millions Affected by COVID-19 Access Health Coverage

Tuesday, April 14

Oversight: Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chair Diana DeGette Press Secretary Azar to Protect Independence of HHS Office of Inspector General

Health Disparities: Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. Calls on CMS Administrator Seema Verma to Immediately Release CMS Data on Health Disparities among COVID-19 Patients

Coronavirus: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, Co-Chair of the Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus Bill Pascrell, Jr., and Rep. Max Rose Introduce Legislation to Compensate Public Safety Officers Who Are Disabled or Die from COVID-19

  • Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairman Carolyn Maloney and Subcommittee on National Security Chairman Stephen F. Lynch Urge Trump to Immediately Restore Funding to World Health Organization Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Veterans’ Affairs: House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Mark Takano Calls on Treasury and IRS to Automatically Distribute Stimulus Checks to the Most Vulnerable Veterans

  • Chairman Takano Presses White House to Allow VA to Empower Lawmakers to Aid America’s Veterans

Wednesday, April 15

Coronavirus Testing: Senate Democratic Leaders Outline Steps to Dramatically Expand Testing Capacity Nationwide

  • Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander Statement on COVID-19 Testing

Veterans’ Affairs: Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Ranking Member Jon Tester Urges VA to Reconsider Limitations on Veteran Representation in Disability Claims

Medical Supplies: House Oversight Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy Chairman Raja Krishnamoorthi Seeks Information on Ventilators Meant to Supply Federal Stockpile

Thursday, April 16

Health Care: Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden and Finance Democrats Outline Priorities for Health Provider Pandemic Aid Fund

Veterans’ Affairs: President Trump Signs VA Tele-Hearing Modernization Bill into Law

Coronavirus: House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Chairman Rosa DeLauro Letter to Secretary Azar on COVID-19 Efforts

  • Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Senators Letter to Secretary Azar on Relief for Senior Adult Communities and Health Care Workers

Friday, April 17

Coronavirus Research: House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr., House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Carolyn Maloney, and Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray Press Secretary Azar to Lift Restrictions on the Use of Fetal Tissue in COVID-19 Research


REGULATORY UPDATE

Friday, April 10

CMS: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Proposes Fiscal Year 2021 Medicare Payment and Policy Changes for Skilled Nursing Facilities

  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Proposes Fiscal Year 2021 Medicare Payment and Policy Changes for Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Proposes Fiscal Year 2021 Hospice Payment Rate Update

Saturday, April 11

CMS: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Announces Expanded Coverage for Essential Diagnostic Services amid COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Monday, April 13

HHS: Department of Health and Human Services Announces New Ventilator Contracts, Orders Now Totaling Over 130,000 Ventilators

CMS: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Provides Guidance on Long-Term Care Facility Transfers

Tuesday, April 14

FDA: Food and Drug Administration Issues Warning Letters to Companies Selling Fraudulent COVID-19 Products

Wednesday, April 15

NIH: National Institute of Health Validates Decontamination Methods for Re-Use of N95 Respirators

HHS: Department of Health and Human Services Awards $90 Million to Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Recipients for COVID-19 Response

CMS: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Increases Medicare Payment for High-Production Coronavirus Lab Tests

FDA: Food and Drug Administration Issues Guidance on Digital Health Devices for Treating Psychiatric Disorders to Help Reduce Patient and Health Care Provider Contact During Coronavirus Pandemic

Thursday, April 16

HHS: Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights Resolves Complaint Against Pennsylvania after it Revises Pandemic Health Care Triaging Policies to Protect Against Disability Discrimination

FDA: Food and Drug Administration Encourages Recovered Patients to Donate Plasma for Development of Blood-Related Therapies

  • Food and Drug Administration, Gates Foundation, UnitedHealth Group, Quantigen, and U.S. Cotton Collaborate to Address Testing Supply Needs

HHS: Department of Health and Human Services Announces Ventilator Contract with GE under Defense Production Act

Friday, April 17

NIH: National Institutes of Health to Launch Public-Private Partnership to Speed Development of COVID-19 Vaccine and Treatment Options

  • HHS: Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Statement on New Partnership to Develop National Strategy for COVID-19 Therapies and Vaccines

UPCOMING EVENTS

VA

Veterans Health Research

April 29, 2020 11:00 AM

Teleconference access — 800-767-1750, passcode: 94273#

RSVP required

HHS/ CDC

Opioid Addiction Prevention and Pain Management

April 30, 2020 12:30 PM

Web Conference

Dial-in at 800-369-3110; Participant Code, 7563795

 

NIH

National Advisory Board on Medical Rehabilitation Research

May 4, 2020 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Livestream access — https://videocast.nih.gov/live.asp?live=36020

NIH

National Cancer Institute Program and Legislative Updates

May 11, 2020 9:30 AM

Building 40, Room 1201/1203

40 Convent Drive

Bethesda, MD 20814

 

NIH

National Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Advisory Council

May 12, 2020 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM; 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Porter Neuroscience Research Center

Building 35A, Conference Room 610-640

35 Convent Drive

Bethesda, MD 20892

 

HRSA

National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice

May 12, 2020 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Web conference access — https://www.hrsa.gov/advisory-committees/nursing/meetings.html

 

CDC

Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women

May 13, 2020 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Web conference access — https://adobeconnect.cdc.gov/rwa641n3jrry/

Teleconference access — 1-888-606-5944, passcode: 8340472

 

NIH

National Institute of Mental Health Programs Review

May 19, 2020 9:00 AM

Neuroscience Center, Conference Rooms C/D/E

6001 Executive Boulevard

Rockville, MD 20852

 

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

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

 

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

 

HHS

Physician Payment Models

June 22, 2020 9:00 AM

200 Independence Ave SW, Great Hall

Washington, DC 20515