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WHITE HOUSE UPDATE

Friday, April 24

Coronavirus: President Trump Signs Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, Providing Funding for Hospitals, Providers, and Testing amid COVID-19 Pandemic.

  • Read Powers’ memo on the legislation here.


LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Monday, April 20

Veterans’ Affairs: House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Mark Takano and Ranking Member Dr. Phil Roe Call on VA to Postpone Changes to Disability Claims Process

  • Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jerry Moran and Ranking Member Jon Tester Statement in Response to Eligible Veterans Automatically Receiving Coronavirus Relief Stimulus Checks

Coronavirus Testing: House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. Calls on White House Task Force to Develop National Coronavirus Testing Strategy

Medical Supplies: House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr., Health Subcommittee Chairwoman Anna Eshoo, and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chair Diana DeGette Press HHS and FEMA on Efforts to Acquire and Distribute COVID-19 Medical Supplies

Tuesday, April 21

Coronavirus Testing: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray Statement on Securing $25 Billion to Expand COVID-19 Testing

Wednesday, April 22

Coronavirus Response: House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal Statement on Additional Allocations of COVID-19 Fund for Health Care Providers

  • House Energy and Commerce Committee Hold Teleconference with FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn on COVID-19 Response

Entitlement Programs: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley Statement on Social Security and Medicare Annual Report

Thursday, April 23

Coronavirus Response: House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. Statement on Passage of Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act

  • Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Ranking Member Jon Tester and Senators Urge Administration to Fully Utilize Defense Production Act and Protect Veterans from COVID-19

Oversight: House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr., Health Subcommittee Chairwoman Anna Eshoo, and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chair Diana DeGette Seek Answers Following Halt to World Health Organization Funding

Friday, April 24

Oversight: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler and Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Subcommittee Chairman Steve Cohen Seek Insight from DOJ on President’s Use of Emergency Powers during COVID-19 Pandemic


REGULATORY UPDATE

Sunday, April 19

CMS: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Announces New Regulatory Requirements for Increased Nursing Home Transparency during COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Issues Recommendations to Re-Open Health Care Systems in Areas with Low Incidence of COVID-19

Monday, April 20

SAMHSA: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Begins Releasing $110 Million in Emergency Funding for Substance Use Treatment and Mental Health Services during COVID-19 Pandemic

HHS: Department of Health and Human Services Announces Partnership with Oracle, Including Therapeutic Learning System to Gather Crowd-Sourced Data on COVID-19

FDA: Food and Drug Administration Releases Information on the Use of Serological Tests in Identifying COVID-19 Exposures and Infections

CMS: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Encourages Reporting of COVID-19 Clinical Trial Data through Quality Payment Program, Announces New Clinical Trials Improvement Activity

Tuesday, April 21

HHS: Department of Health and Human Services Announces Nearly $1 Billion in CARES Act Grants for Seniors and People with Disabilities during COVID-19 Pandemic

NIH: National Institute of Health Develops Initial Treatment Guidelines for COVID-19

HHS: Department of Health and Human Services Rule Regarding Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications during COVID-19 Pandemic

FDA: Food and Drug Administration Authorizes First COVID-19 Test for Patient At-Home Sample Collection

HHS: Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Statement on Confirmation of Rear Admiral Weahkee as Indian Health Service Director

CMS: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Issues Guidance Allowing Independent Freestanding Emergency Departments to Provide Care to Medicare and Medicaid Beneficiaries during COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT Announce Interoperability Flexibilities amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, April 22

HHS: Department of Health and Human Services Awards Nearly $165 Million to Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic in Rural Communities

  • Department of Health and Human Services Announces Additional Allocations of CARES Act Provider Relief Fund

FDA: Food and Drug Administration Approves New Therapy for Triple Negative Metastatic Breast Cancer Unresponsive to Other Treatments

CMS: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Launches Toolkit to Help States Navigate COVID-19 Health Workforce Challenges

Thursday, April 23

NIH: National Institutes of Health Details Strategic Plan Regarding COVID-19 Research Priorities

FDA: Food and Drug Administration Issues Guidance on Non-Invasive Fetal and Maternal Monitoring Devices to Support Patient Monitoring during COVID-19 Pandemic

HHS: Department of Health and Human Services Announces CARES Act Funding Distribution to States and Localities for COVID-19 Response

  • Department of Health and Human Services Awards Nearly $5 Million to Poison Control Centers as Calls Spike Due to COVID-19
  • Department of Health and Human Services Announces More Time for Hospitals to Apply for COVID-19 High-Impact Payments

FDA: Food and Drug Administration Warns Companies Illegally Marketing CBD Products as a Treatment for Opioid Addiction or Alternative to Opioids

CMS: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Releases COVID-19 Telehealth Toolkit to Accelerate State Use of Telehealth in Medicaid and CHIP

Friday, April 24

HHS: Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Statement on President’s Signing of New Coronavirus Relief Package

FDA: Food and Drug Administration Issues Drug Safety Communication Regarding Off-Label Use of Antimalarial Drugs for the Treatment or Prevention of COVID-19


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

Teleconference access — 800-369-3110, passcode:  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

 

CDC/ HHS

Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Health Statistics

May 5, 2020 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM

Teleconference access — https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/bsc/bsc_meetings.htm

 

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

 

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#

 

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

 

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