LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Monday, December 16

Health Care: Congress Votes on Provisions of the Lower Health Care Costs Act

Health Care: Democrats Press Administration Health Officials About Idaho’s Limited Health Insurance Plans

Tuesday, December 17

CMS: Democratic House and Senate Committee Leaders Request Information and Documents Concerning Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma’s Use of Private Contractors

Health Care: Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal Calls to Have Healthcare.gov Fixed

Wednesday, December 18

Health Hazards: Senate Passes Bipartisan Occupational and Environmental Transparency Health Act as Part of Annual Defense Legislation

Health Care: Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone and Health Subcommittee Chairwoman Anna Eshoo Highlight Health Subcommittee’s 2019 Accomplishments

Affordable Care Act: 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Strikes Down Affordable Care Act’s Individual Mandate in Texas v. United States

Thursday, December 19

Affordable Care Act: Senate Democrats Demand Department of Health and Human Services Rescind Rule Revising ACA Nondiscrimination Requirements

Organ Donation: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Senator Todd Young Request Comprehensive Study of National Organ Donor System

Medicare: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Ron Wyden Introduce Audit & Appeals Fairness, Integrity, and Reforms in Medicare Act (AFIRM) of 2019 to Tackle Medicare Appeals Backlog

Surprise Billing: Congressional Leaders Expand Bipartisan Surprise Billing Investigation into Physician Staffing Companies and Top Insurers

Disability: House and Senate Disability Leaders Request Social Security Administration Allow More Feedback on Continuing Disability Review Rule


REGULATORY UPDATE

Tuesday, December 17

HHS: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Proposes New Rules to Increase Accountability and Availability of Organ Supply

  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Issues Proposed Rule to Update the Organ Procurement Organization Conditions for Coverage to Receive Medicare and Medicaid Payment
  • Health Resources and Services Administration Issues Proposed Rule to Expand Reimbursable Expenses for Living Donors

Wednesday, December 18

HHS: Department of Health and Human Services and Food and Drug Administration Take Steps to Lower Prescription Drug Prices

NIH: Study Finds Pregnancy Hypertension Risk Increased by Traffic-Related Air Pollution

NIH: Children With HIV Score Below HIV-Negative Peers in Cognitive Motor Function Tests

Thursday, December 19

NIH: Pregnant Women with HIV Receive Treatment That Does Not Meet Federal Guidelines

Friday, December 20

HHS: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Issues Exchange Program Integrity Final Rule


UPCOMING EVENTS

HRSA

Secretary’s National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps Meeting

January 14, 2020, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

January 15, 2020, 9:00 AM-2:00 PM

5600 Fishers Lane

Rockville, MD 20857

MedPAC

Public Meeting

January 16-17, 2020

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Washington, DC 20004

NIH

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development

January 23, 2020 8:00 AM – 1:00PM

NICHD Offices

6710B Rockledge Drive

Bethesda, MD 20892

NIH

Health and Human Services Department; National Institutes of Health holds a meeting of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

January 29, 2019 8:30 AM

31 Center Drive, Building 31, C Wing, Sixth Floor, Conference Room 10

Bethesda, MD 20894

NIH

National Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Advisory Council

January 31, 2020 10:00 AM — 2:00 PM

National Institutes of Health, Neuroscience Center Building Room C and D

6001 Executive Boulevard

Rockville, MD 20852

NIH

National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health

February 7, 2020 10:00 AM — 4:00 PM

National Institutes of General Medical Science

Natcher Building, 45 Center Drive

Bethesda, MD 20892

NIH

NIH Deafness Disorder and Communication Programs Review

May 29, 2020 10:00 AM

Porter Neuroscience Research Center

35 Convent Drive, Building 35A, Room 620

Bethesda, MD 20892