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WHITE HOUSE UPDATE

Telehealth: Trump Administration Issues Executive Order on Improving Rural Health and Telehealth Access

  • Trump Administration Announces New Actions to Improve Access to Healthcare Across America

Health Care: Trump Administration Issues Executive Order on Ensuring Essential Medicines, Medical Countermeasures, and Critical Inputs Are Made in the United States

  • Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley Statement on Trump’s Executive Order on Domestic Drug Manufacturing

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Tuesday, August 4

Health Care: Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein File Amicus Brief in Second Circuit Court of Appeals to Overturn Administration Rule on Non-Discrimination in Health Care Programs

Wednesday, August 5

Veterans’ Affairs: U.S. Senate Unanimously Passes Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act to Improve Veterans’ Access to Mental Health Care

Coronavirus: Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chair Diana DeGette Send Second Oversight Letter to Trump Administration Seeking Answers Regarding National COVID-19 Vaccine Plan

Nursing Homes: House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal Calls on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma to Improve Reliability of Data Collected from Long-Term Care Facilities

Thursday, August 6

Coronavirus:

  • Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray and Senator Jack Reed Write to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper About Plans to Lead Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccines
  • House Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Congresswoman Katie Porter Send Letters to Nation’s Largest Behavioral Health and Addiction Treatment Providers Seeking Answers About Series of Coronavirus Outbreaks

Friday, August 7

Veterans’ Affairs: House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Mark Takano Announces Support for Two Bipartisan Bills to Help Prevent Veteran Suicide by Expanding Access to Virtual Mental Healthcare and Teaching Critical Coping Strategies to Veterans’ Families

Coronavirus: Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden Introduces Legislation to Guarantee Affordable Vaccine and Access to Health Care


REGULATORY UPDATE

Tuesday, August 4

CMS:

  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Issues Proposed Rule Announcing and Soliciting Public Comments on Proposed Policy Changes for Medicare Payments Under Physician Fee Schedule and Medicare Part B Issues
  • CMS Proposes Policy Entitled, “Protecting and Improving Medicare for Our Nation’s Seniors”
  • CMS Finalizes Medicare Payment Rule Advancing Efforts to Strengthen Medicare Program by Aligning Payments for Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities

Thursday, August 6

HHS:

  • S. Department of Health and Human Services, through Health and Resources and Services Administration, Awards Over $101 Million to Combat Substance Use Disorders and Opioid Use Disorders
  • S. Department of Health and Human Services Awards Contract to TrialCard to Help Reduce New HIV Infections in America

Friday, August 7

HHS: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Allocations of CARES Act Provider Relief Fund for Nursing Homes

FDA: U.S. Food and Drug Administration Approves New Opioid “Olivyk” for Intravenous Use in Hospitals to Combat Sever Acute Pain in Adults


UPCOMING EVENTS

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment (the Panel) for 2020

Monday, August 31, 2020 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Virtual Meeting

 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Remarks and Discussion with the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use

Thursday, September 3, 2020 1:00 PM- 5:00 PM

Virtual Meeting

 

Food and Drug Administration

Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee

Friday, October 2, 2020, 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Teleconference