Week in Brief

Short-Term Limited-Duration Insurance Plans: Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury Issue Final Rule Expanding Availability of Short-Term Limited Duration Plans. For Related News, See:

  • White House Fact Sheet
  • Statements from HHS Secretary Alex Azar and CMS Administrator Seema Verma
  • Statement from Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR)
  • Statement from Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
  • Statement from Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA)
  • Statements from House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Health Subcommittee Chairman Michael C. Burgess (R-TX)
  • Statement from House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ)

Veteran’s Health: Robert Wilkie Sworn In as VA Secretary. President Trump Delivers Remarks.


WHITE HOUSE UPDATE

Electronic Visit Verification: President Trump Signs H.R. 6042 Into Law. House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Chairman Michael C. Burgess (R-TX) Issues Statement.


LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Tuesday, July 31

Health Care Spending: Senate HELP Committee Holds Hearing on Reducing Health Care Costs by Decreasing Administrative Spending. For Related News, See:

  • Statement from Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
  • Statement from Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA)

 Wednesday, August 1

340B: House Energy and Commerce Republican Site Sends Letters to 340B Contract Pharmacies

FDA Funding: Senate Passes FY 2019 Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill in Four-Bill “Minibus” Appropriations Package. For Related News, See:

  • Statement and Recap from Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL)
  • Statement from Senate Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-VT)

Drug Pricing: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Ranking Member Claire McCaskill (D-MO) Releases Report on Drug Pricing, Medicare.

Veterans’ Health: Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Holds Hearing on Pending Legislation.

Thursday, August 2

Mental Health: House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) Release Statement on Senate Passage of H.R. 2345, National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act.

Veterans’ Health: Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-GA) Highlights Recent Work Regarding Veterans’ Health Care, Benefits, Accountability at VA.

Friday, August 3

Opioids: Energy and Commerce Committee Leaders Request Information from Opioid Manufacturers.


REGULATORY UPDATE

Monday, July 30

Kidney Health:  FDA Approves First Treatment for Rare Adrenal Tumors.

Tuesday, July 31

Medicare: CMS Announces Annual Release of Part D National Average Bid Amount and Other Part C & D Bid Information.

Prior Authorization: GAO Releases Report on Status of HHS’s Implementation of Required Prior Authorization Medical Reviews and Provider Education for Chiropractic Services.

Biosimilars: FDA Announces Biosimilar User Fee Rates for Fiscal Year 2019

Wednesday, August 1

Skilled Nursing Facilities: CMS Releases Unpublished Final Rule on FY 2019 Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities, SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program, SNF Quality Reporting Program.

Hospice Payment: CMS Releases Unpublished Final Rule on FY 2019 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements.

Prescription Drugs: FDA Announces Prescription Drug User Fee Rates for Fiscal Year 2019.

Synthetic Opioids: FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb Releases Statement on FDA Oversight of Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) Associated With Transmucosal Immediate-Release Fentanyl Products.

DNA Sequencing: NIH Review Article Explores Medical Applications of Fetal DNA Sequencing.

Thursday, August 2

Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP: CMS Announces Extension of Temporary Moratoria on Enrollment of Part B Non-Emergency Ground Ambulance Suppliers and Home Health Agencies in Designated Geographic Locations.


UPCOMING EVENTS

CMS
Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment (the Panel): Annual Meeting
August 20, 2018 9:30 AM to 5 PM
August 21, 2018, 9:30 AM to 1 PM
CMS Single Site Campus: Main Auditorium
7500 Security Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21244

CMS
Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee: Public Meeting
August 22, 2018, 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM
CMS Single Site Campus: Main Auditorium
7500 Security Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21244

FDA
Public Workshop: Advancing the Development of Pediatric Therapeutics 5: Advancing Pediatric Pharmacovigilance
September 14, 2018 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
FDA White Oak Campus
10903 New Hampshire Ave. Bldg 31, Room 1503
Silver Spring, MD 20903


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