EXECUTIVE UPDATE

Wednesday, October 2

White House Releases Report Stating That Prescription Drug Prices Are Falling, Refuting Contrary Reports

Thursday, October 3

President Signs Executive Order Promoting Medicare Advantage Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

  • Administrator Seema Verma Commends the President’s Signing of an Executive Order to Protect and Improve Medicare for Nation’s Seniors
  • Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar Comments on Executive Order to Protect and Improve Medicare
  • House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal Opposes President Trump’s Executive Order on Medicare

Friday, October 2

President Trump Issues  Proclamation Requiring Immigrants to Prove They Can Obtain Health Insurance Before Being Issued a Visa


LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Tuesday, October 1

Health Coverage: Government Accountability Office Report Finds Affordable Care Act Significantly Improves Health Coverage and Expands Access to Care For American Indians and Alaska Natives

Opioids: Republicans Launch New Phase in Patient Brokering Investigation to Combat the Opioid Crisis

Wednesday, October 2

Medicaid: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley Seeks Information on Medicaid Payments Being Made on Behalf of Deceased Beneficiaries

Wednesday, October 3

Health Coverage: Lawmakers Urge HHS Secretary Alex Azar and CMS Administrator Seema Verma to Limit Short-Term Health Plans


REGULATORY UPDATE

Monday, September 30

CMS: Final Medicare Rule Increases Program Efficiency, Updates Fire Safety Requirements, and Promotes Critical Access Hospital Changes

FDA: U.S. Food and Drug Administration Continues Efforts to Evaluate Materials in Medical Devices and Address Potential Safety Questions

FDA: FDA Announces Fee Rate For Using Rare Pediatric Disease Priority Review Voucher For Fiscal Year 2020

HHS: Office of Population Affairs Announces $33.6 Million in Funding Awards to 50 Current Title X Grantees To Supplement Family Planning Services

VA: Department of Veterans Affairs Releases Cost-Based and Inter-Agency Billing Rates for Medical Care or Services for Fiscal Year 2020

Tuesday, October 1

HHS: Office of Inspector General Issues Fraud Alert for Genetic Testing Scams Aimed at Medicare Beneficiaries

FDA: FDA Informs Patients, Providers, and Manufacturers About Potential Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities For Connected Medical Devices and Health Care Networks

Wednesday, October 2

NIH: Most Kidney Transplants Between People With HIV Have Long-Term Success and Show No Indication of Secondary Infection

NIH: Deferring Isoniazid Preventive Therapy In Women With HIV Is Safer For Women With Tuberculosis

Thursday, October 3

HHS: HHS Awards $13.5 Million to Accelerate State and Local Planning Efforts for Ending the HIV Epidemic

HHS: The Food and Drug Administration Announces the Availability of a Final Guidance Entitled: “Further Testing of Donations that are Reactive on a Licensed Donor Screening Test for Antibodies to Hepatitis C Virus; Guidance for Industry

  • FDA: FDA Approves Second Drug to Prevent HIV Infection as Part of Ongoing Efforts to End The HIV Epidemic

NIH: National Institutes of Health Awards New Grants Aimed at Better Understanding Rare Diseases and Moving Potential Treatments Closer to The Clinic

CMS: Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight Introduces Enhanced Direct Enrollment Which Provides A New Pathway For Consumers to Enroll in Health Insurance Coverage

Friday, October 4

FDA: Acting FDA Commissioner Norman SharplessWarns Consumers to Stop Using THC Vaping Products Amid Ongoing Investigation Into Lung Illnesses

  • CDC: States Update Number of Cases of Lung Disease Associated with E-cigarette Use and Vaping

CDC: The World Health Organization Announces the Number of Ebola Survivors from Ongoing Outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo Topped 1,000

  • HHS Supports The Development of Individual Vaccine Candidates Against Marburg Virus and Sudan Ebolavirus Infections

HHS: With End of New York Outbreak, United States Maintains Measles Elimination Status of Nearly 20 Years

SCOTUS: The Supreme Court Reviews June Medical Services v. Gee, Louisiana Case That Restricts Abortion and Could Leave The State With Just One Abortion Provider


UPCOMING EVENTS

HHS

Health and Human Services Department; Agency For Healthcare Research and Quality holds a meeting of the Healthcare Effectiveness and Outcomes Research Subcommittee

October 9, 2019 8:00 AM

Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center

5701 Marinelli Road

Bethesda, MD 20852

HHS

Health and Human Services Department; Food and Drug Administration holds a meeting of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee

October 9, 2019 8:30 AM

10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Building 31 Conference Center, Room 1503

Silver Spring, MD 20993

HHS

Health and Human Services Department; Agency For Healthcare Research and Quality holds a meeting of the Healthcare Safety and Quality Improvement Research Subcommittee

October 10, 2019 7:30 AM

Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center

5701 Marinelli Road

Bethesda, MD 20852

E&C

Health Subcommittee to Hold Legislative Hearing to Address National Youth Tobacco Epidemic

October 16, 2019

HHS

Health and Human Services Department; Agency For Healthcare Research and Quality holds a meeting of the Health System and Value Research Subcommittee

October 16, 2019 8:00 AM

Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center,

5701 Marinelli Road

Bethesda, MD 20852

HHS

Health and Human Services Department; Food and Drug Administration holds a meeting of the Antimicrobial Drugs Advisory Committee

October 16, 2019 8:00 AM

FDA White Oak Campus

10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Building 31 Conference Center, the Great Room, Room 1503

Silver Spring, MD 20993

HHS

Meeting: HHS Human Research Protections

October 16, 2019 8:30 AM

October 17, 2019 8:30 AM

6700B Rockledge Drive

Bethesda, MD 20817

HHS

Health and Human Services Department; Agency For Healthcare Research and Quality holds a meeting of the Health Care Research and Training Subcommittee

October 17, 2019 8:00 AM

Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center

5701 Marinelli Road

Bethesda, MD 20852

HHS

Health and Human Services Department; National Institutes of Health holds a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health

October 23, 2019 9:00 AM

45 Center Drive, Natcher Building, Conference Room E1/E2

Bethesda, MD 20894

HHS

Health and Human Services Department; Agency For Healthcare Research and Quality holds a meeting of the Healthcare Information Technology Research Subcommittee

October 24, 2019 8:00 AM

Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center

5701 Marinelli Road

Bethesda, MD 20852

HHS

International Council on Harmonisation Global Meeting on E8(R1) Guideline on General Considerations for Clinical Trials

October 31, 2019 8:30 AM

FDA White Oak Campus

10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Building 31 Conference Center, Room 1503, the Great Room

Silver Spring, MD 20993

VA

Federal Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special Disabilities Programs

October 22, 2019 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

October 23, 2019 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

VA Central Office

810 Vermont Avenue NW Room 630

Washington, DC 20420

MedPAC

Public Meeting

November 7, 2019

November 8, 2019

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Washington, DC 20004

HHS

Meeting: AIDS Research

November 7, 2019 9:30 AM

NIH 5601 Fishers Lane, Conference Room 1D13

Rockville, MD 20852

HHS

National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS), Full Committee Meeting

November 13, 2019: 9:00 AM -5:30 PM

November 14, 2019: 8:30 AM -3:00 PM

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Center for Health Statistics

3311 Toledo Road

Hyattsville, MD 20782

CDC

Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) Meeting

November 14, 2019, 9:00 AM — 5:00 PM

November 15, 2019, 9:00 AM — 12:00 PM

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Global Communications Center

Building 19, Auditorium B, 1600

Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30329