Week in Brief

Veteran’s Health: Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Phil Roe (R-TN) Introduces Legislation Expanding Veteran Access to Private Health Care. President Donald Trump Urges Congress to Fix Veterans Choice Program, Promises to Sign New Bill Immediately. Committee Schedules Markup for Tuesday, May 8.

Individual Mandate: Former HHS Secretary Tom Price Makes Remarks on Individual Mandate Repeal at World Heath Care Congress. Ranking Member of the Senate HELP Committee Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) Responds in Statement. Price Issues Follow-Up Statement.


WHITE HOUSE UPDATE

CMS: White House Briefing Room Publishes Op-Ed by CMS Administrator Seema Verma on Patient Empowerment Initiatives.

Mental Health: President Donald Trump Proclaims May 2018 as National Mental Health Awareness Month.


LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Monday, April 30

Medicare: House Ways & Means Committee Publishes Press Release Reviewing Last Week’s Hearing on “Identifying Innovative Practices and Technology in Health Care.”

Tuesday, May 1

Medicare: House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL) Announces Subcommittee Hearing on Improving Medicare Advantage Program.

Opioids, HIPAA: House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health Announces Hearing on Legislation Confidentiality of Substance Abuse Records.

Opioids: House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Releases Details for Upcoming Hearing with Leaders of National and Regional Drug Distributors.

Wednesday, May 2

Medicare: Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) Releases Proposal to Create a New Medicare Long-Term Care Benefit.

Thursday, May 3

Opioids: House Energy and Commerce Committee Publishes Blog Post Addressing New Report on Synthetic Opioids.

Friday, May 4

Opioids: House Judiciary Committee to Announces Full Committee Hearing on Opioid Crisis.


REGULATORY UPDATE

Tuesday, May 1

Pain Management: HHS Appoints 28 Members to New Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force.

Precision Medicine: NIH Announces National Enrollment Date for All of Us Research Program.

Regulatory Reform: HRSA Issues Request for Information on how to Reform Compliance and Reporting Structure.

Wednesday, May 2

Value Based Care: At World Health Care Congress, HHS Secretary Alex Azar Promotes Value-Based Care, Addresses President’s Position on Drug Pricing.

Thursday, May 3

Affordable Care Act: HHS, IRS, and the Employee Benefits Security Administration Publish Clarification of Final Rules for Grandfathered Plans, Preexisting Condition Exclusions, Lifetime and Annual Limits, Rescissions, Dependent Coverage, Appeals, and Patient Protections Under the Affordable Care Act.

Employer Health Plans: The Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration Proposes New Rule Broadening Definition of “Employer” Under Section 3(5) of ERISA-Association Health Plans.

Friday, May 4

340B Drug Discount Program: DC Appellate Court Hears Oral Arguments from in Ongoing 340B Case.


UPCOMING EVENTS

House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Health
Hearing: “The Current Status of and Quality in the Medicare Advantage Program.”
May 8, 2018 10:00 AM.
1100 Longworth House Office Building

House Judiciary Committee
Full Committee Hearing: Challenges and Solutions in the Opioid Abuse Crisis
May 8, 2018, 10:00 AM
2141 Rayburn House Office Building

Senate Special Committee on Aging
Hearing: Insulin Access and Affordability: The Rising Cost of Treatment
May 8, 2018, 10:00 AM
562 Dirksen Senate Office Building

House Energy & Commerce Committee
Hearing: Combating the Opioid Epidemic: Examining Concerns About Distribution and Diversion
May 8, 2018, 10:00 AM
2123 Rayburn House Office Building

House Energy & Commerce Committee
Hearing: Improving the Coordination and Quality of Substance Use Disorder Treatment
May 8, 2018, 1:00 PM
2123 Rayburn House Office Building

House Energy & Commerce Committee
Full Committee Markup on Opioid Legislation
Wednesday, May 9
Details TBA

Health Resources and Services Administration
Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children
May 9, 2018, 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
May 10, 2018, 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857

Senate HELP Committee
Full Committee Hearing: Examining Oversight Reports on the 340B Drug Pricing Program
May 15, 2018, 10:00 AM
430 Dirksen Senate Office Building

House Energy & Commerce Committee
Full Committee Markup on Opioid Legislation
May 17, 2018
Details TBA

National Institutes of Health
Committee Meeting: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
May 24, 2018 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM
National Institutes of Health, Neuroscience Center
6001 Executive Boulevard
Rockville, MD 20852

CMS
Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment (the Panel): Annual Meeting
August 20, 2018 9:30 AM to 5 PM
August 21, 2018, 9:30 AM to 1 PM
CMS Single Site Campus Auditorium
7500 Security Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21244


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