Week in Brief

Opioids: Senate Passes the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, Comprehensive Legislation to Address the Opioid Crisis. President Trump Expected to Sign Legislation. For more coverage, see:

  • Statement form President Donald Trump
  • Statement from Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
  • Statement form Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA)
  • Statement from House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Chairman Michael Burgess (R-TX)
  • Statement from Office of National Drug Control Policy Director James Carroll


Tuesday, October 2

Medicare: House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) Releases Statement on Projected Increases in Enrollment and Lower Premiums for Medicare Advantage and Part D.

Wednesday, October 3

Rare Diseases: Senate HELP Committee Subcommittee on Children and Families Holds Hearing on Rare Diseases and Expediting Treatment for Patients.

Veterans: Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Ranking Member Jon Tester (D-MT) Pushes for Expansion of Conditions Associated with Agent Orange Exposure.

Aging: Senate Special Committee on Aging Holds a Hearing on Patient-Focused Care and Reducing Health Care Costs.

  • Statements from Special Committee on Aging Chairman Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ranking Member Bob Casey (D-PA)

Aging: Senate Special Committee on Aging Holds Hearing Regarding Innovation Lowering Costs and Improving Patient Outcomes.

Sports Medicine: Senate Passes the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018, which Includes the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act.

  • Statements from Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)

Thursday, October 4

Insurance: Senate Budget Committee Requests that the Congressional Budget Office Release New Health Insurance Simulation Model (HISM) to Public.


Monday, October 1

Medicaid: The Government Accountability Office Releases Report on Home and Community Based Services for People in Need of Long-Term Care.

Medicare: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Announces Plan for Electronic Services to Increase Personalization and Access to Health Data.

Children’s Health: The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Releases the 2017 National Survey of Children’s Health data.

Rehabilitation: National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense Aim to Develop a Registry of People Who Have Lost Limbs for Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation.

Tuesday, October 2

Substance Abuse: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Release Analysis of E-Cigarette Sales.

Health Care Innovation: The Department of Health and Human Services Extends the Application Deadline for the Deputy Secretary’s Innovation and Investment Summit (DSIIS).

Wednesday, October 3

Vaccines: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Seek Public Comment Regarding Mandatory Dissemination of Meningococcal ACWY and DTaP Vaccine Information to Patients.

Medicare and Veterans: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Announces Matching Program to Determine Coverage Eligibility for Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Health Plans.

Medicare: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Proposes Revised Regulations for Beneficiary, Provider, and Supplier Appeals.

Medicare: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Announces Changes to Local Coverage Determination Process

  • Provisions Include Increasing Access to Therapies and Devices

Traumatic Brain Injury: The National Institute of Health Funds a Study That Allows for Real-Time Analysis of Brain Cells with Regards to Head Injuries in Mice.

Thursday, October 4

Provider Assessments: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Requests an Extension for Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Clinician and Group Survey Database Project.

Friday, October 5

Accreditation: Trump Administration Announces CMS will Change Performance Measures for Organizations Accrediting and Inspecting Hospitals.

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