WHITE HOUSE

Neurology: President Trump Signs into Law the Building Our Largest Dementia Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act.

Veterans: President Trump Signs into Law the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018.


LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Thursday, January 3

ACA: House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) Announces Hearing on Texas Judge’s Ruling to Overturn the ACA.

Tuesday, January 8

Medicaid: House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) Delivers Remarks Supporting Medicaid Extenders Act of 2019.

Single Payer Systems: Chairman of the House Budget Committee Representative John Yarmuth (D-KY ) Sent a Letter to the Congressional Budget Office Regarding Single-Payer Health Systems.

Wednesday, January 9

Opioids: Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) Issues Statement Supporting Opioid Treatments as a Top Priority Next Congress.

Medicare and Medicaid: Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) and Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX) Push for Transparency and Reform at the CMMI.

ACA: Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) Issues Statement on Passage of the House Resolution on ACA Lawsuit.

Short Term Plans: House and Senate Democratic Health Leaders Renew Requests for Information on the Administration’s Final Rule Expanding Availability of STLDI Plans.

Thursday, January 10

HHS & CMS: House and Senate Democratic Health Leaders Sent a Letter to HHS and CMS Requesting Information Regarding the Trump Administrations spending of ACA Marketplace User Fees.


REGULATORY UPDATE

Wednesday, December 26

Mental Health and Neurology: FDA Issues a Final Order to Reclassify the Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Device.

Substance Abuse: FDA Announces Closing of Comment Period for Modified Risk Tobacco Products.

Thursday, December 27

Neurology: NIH Study Introduces Genetic Diversity into Mouse Models for Alzheimer’s Disease.

Medicare and Medicaid: CMS Extends Comment Period for Risk Adjustment Data Validation (RADV) for the Proposed Rule Titled “Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage, Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) Medicaid Fee-For-Service, and Medicaid Managed Care Programs for Years 2020 and 2021.”

Friday, December 28

Pain Management: The Pain Management Best-Practices Inter-Agency Task Force Issues a Report Calling for Individualized Pain-Management Plans.

Thursday, January 3

Exchange: CMS Releases Final 2019 Enrollment Summary.

Monday, January 7

FDA: Commissioner Scott Gottlieb Releases Statement on the FDA’s New Actions Under the Digital Health Precertification Pilot Program.


UPCOMING EVENTS

National Institute of Mental Health
Meeting: Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC)
January 16, 2019 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel and Executive Meeting Center, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852

HHS
Meeting: Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Services
January 28, 2019 0:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20201 Room 800

NIH
Meeting: National Advisory Mental Health Council
January 31, 2019 8:00 – 9:00 AM
National Institutes of Health Neuroscience Center, Conference Rooms C/D/E, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Rockville, MD 20852.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Meeting: National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council.
February 14th – 15th 12:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Building 35A, Convent Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892.

SAMSA
Meeting: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) National Advisory Council (NAC) Meeting
February 27, 2019 9:00 Am – 5:00 PM
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 5N54, Rockville, MD