Power Play: Washington Week in Review

Power Play: Washington Week in Review Aug. 22

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NEW Logo_PPSV_transparent_smallWeek in Brief

HHS Declares a Public Health Emergency in Puerto Rico Due to Zika Virus.

Major Health Insurer, Aetna, to Pull Out of Most of the Exchanges Created by the ACA.


August 17

Obama Administration Announces New Efforts to Fight Opioid, Fentanyl, and Heroin Abuse and Trafficking.


August 16-18

House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price Releases Three Healthcare Videos on Cost Drivers in Health Care, Pre-Existing Conditions, and the Principles of Health Care.


Department of Health and Human Services

August 15

CMS Proposes a Rule to Address the Hospital-Specific Limitation on Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) Payments.

HHS Announces the Availability of an Approved Test Tool and Procedures for the Testing of Health IT Modules for Four 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria Under the ONC Health IT Certification Program.

August 18

CMS Provides Information on the Expiration of Medicare ICD-10 Flexibilities. Page | 2

Other News

August 15

United Network for Organ Sharing Proposes to Redraw the Map Governing Liver Transplantation.


Department of Health and Human Services

  • Meeting of the Advisory Committee for Women’s Services (ACWS)
    • Discussions on child welfare and substance use disorders among families; improving the health of women and girls; recovery-oriented systems of care; accountable health communities; and a conversation with the SAMHSA Deputy of Operations and the Chief of Staff.
      • August 24 | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
        • SAMHSA Conference Room 5N76
  • Center for Substance Abuse Treatment Meeting
    • Review of the Director’s report and discussions of SAMHSA’s role regarding treatment of mental illness, substance use disorders, and a budget update.
      • August 24 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
        SAMHSA Conference Room 5E29
  • Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children Meeting
    • Presentations and Discussion on sequencing and potential impact on newborn screening and public health, screening for Lysosomal Storage Disorders, newborn screening timeliness, pilot studies for future nominated conditions, and the National Contingency Plan for Newborn Screening, among other things.
      • August 25 | 9 a.m. to  5 p.m.
      • August 26 | 9 a.m. to  3 p.m.
        HHS – 56355 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852

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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