Power Play: Washington Week in Review

Power Play: Washington Week in Review Aug. 1

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CMS Proposes New Mandatory Bundled Payment Models for Acute Myocardial Infarction, Coronary Artery Bypass Graft, and Surgical Hip/Femur Fracture Treatment Episodes. Proposed Rule Includes Modifications to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model.


July 22

President Obama Signs into Law the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016, Which Aims to Curb the Nationwide Opioid and Heroin Abuse Epidemic.


July 26

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R‐MI) Applauds the Signing of the Bipartisan Opioid Legislation.

July 27

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D‐OR) Expresses Concern Over the Increase Use of Illicit Fentanyl, as Detailed in a Recent DEA Report.

July 29

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R‐WI) and Member Ben Sasse (R‐NE) Write to HHS Secretary Burwell Regarding Reinsurance Payments to Insurers Instead Taxpayers.


Department of Health and Human Services

July 25

CDC Updates Zika Virus Guidance for Pregnant Women, Recommending Testing for Up to 14 Days After Exposure.

OIG Releases Report, Hospitals Largely Reported Addressing Requirements for EHR Contingency Plans.
July 27

DEA Releases Report, Counterfeit Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyls: A Global Threat.
July 28

FDA Establishes Docket for Comments on FDA’s Blood Donor Deferral Recommendations for Reducing the Risk of HIV Transmission.

CDC Seeks Nominations for Membership on the Advisory Committee to the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

FDA Issues Recommendations to Ensure Florida’s Blood Donation Supply is Safe from Zika Transmission.

Other News

July 29

Florida Governor Rick Scott Announces Four Floridians Have Contracted the Zika Virus, Making Florida the First State to Have Local Transmission of the Virus.


Department of Health and Human Services

For more information about this issue of Power Play: Washington Week in Review or more legislative and regulatory updates, contact the Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville Government Relations and Public Policy group at (202) 466-6550.

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