Power Play: Washington Week in Review

Power Play: Washington Week in Review Sept. 12

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NEW Logo_PPSV_transparent_smallWeek in Brief

CMS Gives Providers More Flexibility Regarding MACRA Requirements for 2017.

Congress Returns to Washington this Week After the Summer Recess.


September 6

Senate Fails to Approve Zika Funding Legislation.

House Ways & Means and Energy & Commerce Leaders Write to HHS Regarding MACRA Flexibility.

Senate Finance Committee Republicans Issue Three Separate Press Statements on the Affordable Care Act.

September 7

House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) Says Senate Version of 21st Century Cures Legislation Unlikely to Pass Until After Elections.

House Ways & Means Committee Holds Hearing on Medicare Part A and Post-Acute Care Value-Based Purchasing.

September 8

House Ways & Means Committee Advances Two Health Care Bills Regarding ESRD and CO-OPs.

House Energy & Commerce Committee Convenes Hearing on Five Public Health Bills.

September 9

House Energy & Commerce Committee Examines Federal Mental Health Parity Laws in Hearing.

Bipartisan Leaders of House Committees Applaud CMS’s Latest Proposal to Increase Flexibility for Providers Participating in MACRA Programs.


Department of Health and Human Services

September 6

HHS Issues Proposed Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2018.

HHS Releases Interim Final Rule to Adjust for Inflation the Maximum Civil Monetary Penalty (CMP) Amounts for Various CMP Authorities for All HHS agencies.
September 7

ASPR Awards $8.2 Million Contract for the Development of a Zika Vaccine.
September 8

CMS Issues Final Rule Establishing National Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Providers and Suppliers Participating in Medicare and Medicaid.

HHS Awards the American Academy of Pediatrics $350,000 to Increase Capacity for Caring for Children Who May Be or Are Affected by the Zika Virus.

Other News

GAO Releases Reports:

September 2

CRS Highlights Challenges for Blood Centers Posed by Zika Virus.


Department of Health and Human Services

  • Meeting of the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee
    • Discussions about the process by which physician-focused payment model proposals will be received and reviewed by the Committee after the Secretary establishes criteria for physician-focused payment models through rulemaking.
      • September 16 | 9 a.m. ‐ 12:30 p.m.
        Senate Meeting Room, Residence Inn
        333 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20004

Congressional Hearings



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