LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY UPDATE
Week in Brief
HHS Secretary Nomination: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) Issues a Statement about Meeting with HHS Secretary Nominee Alex Azar. Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Issues a Statement Regarding Alex Azar’s Qualifications.
Opioid Crisis: The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Holds a Hearing Entitled Combating the Opioid Crisis.
HHS Secretary Nomination: The Senate HELP Committee Holds a Hearing on the Nomination of Alex Azar to Serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) Issue Opening Statements. Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) also Issues a Statement.
Opioid Crisis: The Senate HELP Committee Holds a Hearing Entitled The Front Lines of the Opioid Crisis: Perspectives from States, Communities, and Providers. Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Issues an Opening Statement.
21st Century Cures Act: The House Energy & Commerce Committee Holds a Hearing Entitled Implementing the 21st Century Cures Act: An Update from FDA and NIH. Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ) Issues an Opening Statement.
Medicaid Waivers: Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) and House Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ) Send a Letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma Regarding Iowa’s Amendment to the State’s Medicaid Waiver.
Department of Health and Human Services
Drug Costs: OIG Releases Issue Brief, Excluding Noncovered Versions When Setting Payment for Two Part B Drugs Would Have Resulted in Lower Drug Costs for Medicare and Its Beneficiaries.
Opioids: CMS Updates the Medicare Opioid Prescribing Mapping Tool.
Semiannual Report: OIG Issues Its Semiannual Report to Congress.
Payment Models: CMS Promulgates Final Rule Canceling the Episode Payment Models (EPMs) and Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) Incentive Payment Model and Amending the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) Model.
Senate Appropriations Committee
Addressing the Opioid Crisis in America: Prevention, Treatment & Recovery
• December 5, 2017 | 10:00a.m.
124 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Senate HELP Committee
Implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act: Progress and the Path Forward for Medical Innovation
• December 7, 2017 | 10:00a.m.
430 Dirksen Senate Office Building
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