Power Play: Washington Week in Review

Power Play: Washington Week in Review Jan. 23

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NEW Logo_PPSV_transparent_smallWeek in Brief

Donald Trump Is Sworn in as 45th President of the United States.

President Trump Issues Executive Order on the Affordable Care Act.

CMS Announces Final Rule, Medicaid Program; Use of New or Increased Pass‐Through Payments in Medicaid Managed Care Delivery Systems.

Agencies Finalize Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects.


January 15

“Save Health Care” Rallies Coordinated by Senator Bernie Sanders (I‐VT) Draw Over 10,000 People in a Dozen States.

House Energy & Commerce Committee Publishes Post “BLAST FROM THE PAST: 50 States/50 Headlines Underscoring President’s Signature Law is ‘The Craziest Thing in the World.’”

January 17

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R‐UT) Announces Congressman Tom Price HHS Secretary Hearing Will Take Place January 24, 2017. Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D‐OR) Releases a Statement on Upcoming Hearing.

House Energy & Commerce Committee Highlights Nonpartisan CRS Report Entitled, CRS Responses to Health Insurance Exchange and Coverage Questions from the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

House Energy & Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D‐NJ) and House Ways & Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Vern Buchanan (R‐FL) Release Comments Regarding the CBO Report on the Impact of ACA Repeal.

HHS Secretary Nominee Congressman Tom Price (R‐GA) Faces Scrutiny for Investing in a Medical Device Company in 2016, Then Introducing a Bill Days Later that Would Relax Regulations Affecting the Company.

Senators Al Franken (D‐MN), Elizabeth Warren (D‐MA), and Tammy Baldwin (D‐WS) Ask HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R‐TN) to Postpone HHS Nominee Rep. Tom Price (R‐GA)’s Hearing Until Ethics Questions Surrounding His Financial Transitions Regarding Stocks Are More Thoroughly Investigated.

House Energy & Commerce Committee Releases Bipartisan Statement Regarding FDA’s Lack of Inspection Data on Roughly 1,000 Foreign Drug Firms Shipping to United States.

January 18

Senate HELP Committee Holds Hearing for HHS Secretary Nominee Congressman Tom Price (R‐GA). Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R‐TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D‐WA) Release Statements Regarding the Hearing.


Department of Health and Human Services

January 17

CMS Announces Electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) Data Deadline Extension for Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals Participating in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) and/or Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs; CMS Publicizes Intention to Modify the eCQM Requirements Established in the FY 2017 IPPS Final Rule.

CMS Updates Open Payments Program Data.

HRSA Requests Public Comments on the Information Collection Request, National Hospital Organ Donation Campaign’s Activity Scorecard OMB No. 0915‐0373—Revision.

January 18

SAMSHA Releases CBHSQ Report, Women of Childbearing Age and Opioids.

SAMHSA Announces Open Application Period for Cooperative Agreements for Tribal Behavioral Health.

CMS Announces Four Alternative Payment Models (APMs) Have Over 359,000 Clinicians Confirmed to Participate in 2017.

January 19

CMS Releases Corrected Independence at Home Demonstration Performance Year 2 Results.

HHS and DOJ Release Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2016.

OMHA Releases Notice, Medicare Program; Administrative Law Judge Hearing Program for Medicare Claim and Entitlement Appeals; Quarterly Listing of Program Issuances–October Through December 2016.


January 17

CBO Publishes How Repealing Portions of the Affordable Care Act Would Affect Health Insurance Coverage and Premiums.

January 18

GAO Publishes Reports,

January 19

GAO Releases Medicare Advantage: Limited Progress Made to Validate Encounter Data Used to Ensure Proper Payments.


Congressional Hearings

Department of Health and Human Services

  • NIH Council of Councils Meeting
    • Tracking Utility of Common Fund Data Sets, Small Molecules from the Human Microbiota, 2017 Biennial Advisory Council Report—Compliance with the NIH Policy on the Inclusion of Women and Minorities in Clinical Research, NIH Perspectives on Enhancing Scientific Rigor and Reproducibility, ODP’s FY14‐18 Strategic Plan: A Mid‐Course Review, and Peer Review Outcomes and Study Section Design.
      • January 27 | 8:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
        9000 Rockville Pike
        Building 31, C Wing, Sixth Floor
        Conference Room 10
        Bethesda, MD 20892

Other Events

For more information about this issue of Power Play: Washington Week in Review or more legislative and regulatory updates, contact the Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville Government Relations and Public Policy group at (202) 466-6550.

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