Week in Brief

President Trump Delivers His First State of the Union Address to Congress.

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Resigns After an Investigation Reveals She Purchased Stock in a Tobacco Company While Serving as Director of the CDC.


LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

January 30, 2018

Small Business Health Plans:  The Senate HELP Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security Holds a Roundtable on Small Business Health Plans.  HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Issues an Opening Statement.

Drug Compounding: The House Energy and Commerce Committee Holds a Hearing Entitled, “Examining Implementation of the Compounding Quality Act.”  Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), Health Subcommittee Chairman Michael Burgess (R-TX), and Representative Fred Upton (R-MI) Issue Opening Statements.


REGULATORY UPDATE

Department of Health and Human Services

January 30, 2018

Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP: CMS Announces an Extension of Temporary Moratoria on Part B Non-Emergency Ground Ambulance Supplier and Home Health Agency Enrollment in Designated Locations.

Opioid Crisis: FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., Releases Statement on Steps to Address Addiction, Abuse, and Overdose Related to Opioid Products.

Secretary Azar Responds to SOTU: HHS Secretary Alex Azar Issues Statement in Response to President Trump’s SOTU Address.

February 1, 2018

Medicare Advantage & Part D: CMS Proposes Changes to Medicare Advantage and Part D Payment and Policy to Provide New Benefits and Steps to Battle the Opioid Crisis.


UPCOMING EVENTS

House Ways and Means Committee
Hearing on the Opioid Crisis: Removing Barriers to Prevent and Treat Opioid Abuse and Dependence in Medicare
• February 6, 2018 | 3:00p.m.
RHOB 1100

Senate HELP Committee
The Opioid Crisis: Impact on Children and Families
• February 8, 2018|10:00a.m.
430 Dirksen Senate Office Building

House Energy and Commerce Committee
HHS Secretary Alex Azar To Testify Before #Subhealth
• February 15, 2018


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