LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY UPDATE

NEW Logo_PPSV_transparent_smallWeek in Brief

President Barack Obama Signs Continuing Resolution into Law, Appropriating Funding to Federal Agencies Through December 9, 2016; Funding also Addresses the Zika Virus, the Opioid Crisis, and Veterans Health Administration Medical Services. See Statements from Senate Appropriations Committee Leadership (Majority, Minority).


LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

September 27

Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) Sends Letter to CEO of Mylan Regarding Price Increases of EpiPens.

September 28

Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) Release Statement Indicating Continued Commitment to Advancing Innovation, Precision Medicine, and Cancer Moonshot Legislative Initiatives this Year; Senate and House Leadership Later Highlight 21st Century Cures Legislation Passage as Lame Duck Priority.

House Ways & Means Committee Holds Hearing on Health Care Fraud Investigations.

House Oversight & Government Reform Committee Spotlights Op-Ed on High EpiPen Prices.

September 29

Senate Finance Committee Republicans Wrote the Obama Administration Regarding the Viability of CO-OPs.

“Right to Try” Legislation for Terminally Ill Patients Blocked in Senate; Lead Sponsor Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) Responds with Letter to Democratic Leadership.


REGULATORY UPDATE

Department of Health and Human Services

September 26

ONC Releases the Health IT Playbook and the EHR Contracts Untangled: Selecting Wisely, Negotiating Terms, and Understanding the Fine Print.
September 27

HHS Issues Final Rule, Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders Reporting Requirements.
September 28

CMS Publishes Final Rule to Improve the Safety and Care of Residents in Long-Term Care Facilities Participating in Medicare and Medicaid.

September 29

CMS Awards $347 Million to Organizations to Serve as Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks.


Other News

GAO Releases Reports,

September 28

The New England Journal of Medicine Features Case Study on Secondary, Nonsexual Zika Virus Transmission.


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