WHITE HOUSE UPDATE

Drug Control: White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Jim Carroll Urges World Anti-Doping Agency to Continue with Concrete Governance Reforms

  • Director Jim Carroll Announces Formation of Committee to Respond to Emerging Drug Threats


LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Monday, May 20

Mental Health: Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) Sponsors S.998 to Expand Support for Police Officer Family Services and Suicide Prevention  

Public Health: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Raise Smoking Tobacco Age to 21

Tuesday, May 21

Drug Pricing: House Energy and Commerce Committee Holds Legislative Hearing on “Improving Drug Pricing Transparency and Lowering Prices for American Consumers”

  • Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Chairwoman Anna G. Eshoo’s (D-CA) Opening Remarks
  • House Ways and Means Committee Holds Hearing on “Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical Bills”

Veterans’ Affairs: House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel and House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health Hold Joint Oversight Hearing Entitled “Military and Veteran Suicide: Understanding the Problem and Preparing for the Future”

  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs Proposes Pilot Program to Provide Funding for Medical Education of Eligible Veterans Enrolled in Covered Medical Schools

Gun Violence: Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) Introduces S.Res.217 to Express Support for Designation of June 7 through June 9, 2019 as “National Gun Violence Awareness Weekend” and June 2019 as “National Gun Violence Awareness Month”

Wednesday, May 22

Aging & Disability: Senate Special Committee on Aging Holds Hearing on “Aging and Disability in the 21st Century: How Technology Can Help Maintain Health and Quality of Life”

Healthcare: House Committee on Budget Holds Hearing on “Key Design Components and Considerations for Establishing a Single-Payer Health Care System”

  • Chairman John Yarmuth’s (D-KY) Opening Statement

Drug Control: Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) Introduces S.1622 to List Fentanyl-Related Substances as Schedule I Controlled Substances

Drug Pricing: U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Kendall for Northern District of Illinois Enters Consent Decree against PharMedium Services for Multiple Violations

Thursday, May 23

Healthcare: Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) Release Bipartisan Draft Legislation to Reduce Healthcare Costs  

  • Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) Release Draft Legislation to Reform Medicare Part D Program
  • Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA), Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (D-CT), and Oversight Subcommittee Chairman John Lewis (D-GA) Send Letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to Investigate Premium Withholdings  

Drug Pricing: Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) Release Opinion Piece on Drug Advertisements  


REGULATORY UPDATE

Monday, May 20

NIH: Researchers at National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at NIH Develop Transcatheter Approach to Increase Treatment for High-Risk Valve Replacement Patients

Wednesday, May 22

HHS: Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar Attends 72nd World Health Assembly as Head of U.S. Delegation

Friday, May 24

HHS: Department of Health and Human Services Proposes to Reform Section 1557 of Affordable Care Act to Enforce Civil Rights in Healthcare


UPCOMING EVENTS

NIH
Meeting: National Advisory Mental Health Council
May 30, 2019 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
National Institutes of Health, Neuroscience Center Building (NSC), Conference Rooms C/D/E, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Rockville, MD 20852

NIH
Meeting: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council
June 4, 2019 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
National Institutes of Health, Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Building 35A Convent Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892

HHS
Teleconference: Department of Health and Human Services with National Vaccine Advisory Committee
The Great Hall, Humphrey Building 200 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, DC 20201
Meeting Time and Telephone Number Posted on NVAC Website

HRSA
Meeting: Council on Graduate Medical Education
June 5, 2019  8:30 AM – 5:00 PM & June 6 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857

NIH
National Advisory Council on Aging
September 10-11, 2019 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
National Institutes of Health, Neuroscience Center Building (NSC), North Bethesda, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Rockville, MD 28052

NIH
Meeting: Center for Scientific Review
September 23, 2019 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892

NIH
Meeting: Board of Scientific Counselors, NIDDK
October 10-11, 2019 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
National Institutes of Health, Building 10, Solarium Conference Room 9S233, 10 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892

NIH
Meeting: Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
June 23-25, 2019 6:00 PM – 12:00 PM
Residence Inn Bethesda, 7335 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814

CMS
Meeting: Medicare Advisory Panel on Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Tests
June 24, 2019 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Main auditorium of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Central Building, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850