Week in Brief

 Labor, HHS Appropriations: Senate Passes Final Defense, Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Minibus Conference Report. 

For  Related News, See:

  • Press Release, Including Statement and Full Remarks, from Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL)
  • Press Release and Statement from Senate Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
  • Full Remarks from Senate Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
  • Statement from House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), Health Subcommittee Chairman Michael C. Burgess (R-TX), and Energy Subcommittee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI)

Opioids: Senate Passes Bipartisan Package of 70 Opioid Bills, H.R. 6. For Related News See:

  • Statement from Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Deputy Director James Carroll
  • Statement from White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders
  • Statement from House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) on H.R. 6, Including STOP Act
  • Statement from Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Health Subcommittee Chairman Michael C. Burgess (R-TX) Regarding Passage of the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018.
  • Statement from Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) Encouraging Senate Passage of the Opioid Crisis Response Act.
  • Statement from Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on the Passage of the Anti-Opioid Abuse Package in the Senate.


Children’s Hospital GME: President Donald J. Trump Signs the Dr. Benjy Frances Brooks Children’s Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2018 into Law. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Health Subcommittee Chairman Michael C. Burgess (R-TX)Issue a Statement.

Opioids: Second Lady Karen Pence and Administration Officials Visit Indiana Business to Discuss Opioid Addiction in the Workplace.

Veterans: President Donald J. Trump Signs H.R. 5895 Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019 with Provisions for Veterans Health. Executive Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney Issues a Statement.


Tuesday, September 18

Administrative Appointments: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Releases Statement Regarding Committee’s Decision to Advance Nomination of Elizabeth Darling for HHS Commissioner on Children, Youth, and Families.

Health Spending: Senate HELP Committee Holds Hearing Regarding Health Care Costs.

Veterans Affairs: Senate Passes Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2018.

Medicaid: House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules Ranking Member Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) Push for Subpoena of CMS and HHS Withheld Documents Regarding State Imposed Work Requirement Proposals.

Friday, September 21

Opioids: Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) Releases Statement on Possible Pharmaceutical Provisions to be Added to Opioid Bill.

Opioids: House Committee on Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee Chairman Adrian Smith (R-NE) and Ranking Member Danny K. Davis (D-IL) Issue Letter Supporting Family First Prevention Services Act to Combat Opioid Crisis.

Medicare: House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) Pushes for Subpoena of CMS and HHS Documents Regarding the Scrubbing of ACA Documents from the Medicare Website.


 Monday, September 17

Medicare: CMS Releases New Rule Directed at Streamlining Current Regulations Regarding Medicare Participation, Coverage, as well as Other Services.

  • Statement from House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) was Issued Applauding the Medicare Red Tape Relief Project.
  • Proposed Rule from the Federal Register.

Opioids: Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams Releases Statement Regarding the Opioid Crisis.

Tuesday, September 18

Opioids: FDA Approves Opioid Analgesic Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy Concerning Opioid Prescriptions.

Opioids: HHS Develops Materials to Direct Clinician Usage of Telemedicine to Combat the Opioid Epidemic.

Substance Abuse: FDA Launches New Campaign to Warn Kids About the Dangers of E-Cigarette Use. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb ReleasesStatement.

Wednesday, September 19

Innovation and Investment: HHS Deputy Secretary Hargan Announces Creation of Deputy Secretary’s Innovation and Investment Summit.

Opioids: HHS Awards Over $1 Billion in Grants to Combat the Opioid Crisis.

Opioids: NIH Announces Awards for Behavioral Research on Opioid Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment.

Thursday, September 20

Mental Health: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Requests Supplemental Evidence and Data Submissions for a Systematic Review of Depression in Children.

Opioids: Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams Releases “Spotlight” Update on Opioids, Includes Data on Prevalence of Substance Misuse, Opioid Misuse, Opioid Use Disorder and Overdoses.

Opioids: SAMHSA Creates Guide for Pregnant Women to Seek Opioid Treatment.

Opioids: HHS Works with Opiant Pharmaceuticals of Santa Monica to Develop Long-Lasting, Fast-Acting Opioid Overdose Drug.

Friday, September 21

MACRA: CMS Awards Funding to Establish Quality Measures Under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).


Conference: Putting Patients First: Ensuring Innovation, Quality, Compliance, and Supply in an Evolving Environment
September 23, 24, 25, and 26, 2018. 3:00 PM on the 23rd and 7:00 AM All Remaining Days
999 9th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Senate HELP Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security
Hearing: Health Care in Rural America: Examining Experiences and Costs
September 25, 2018 3:30 PM
430 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs
Hearing: The State of the VA: A 60 Day Report
September 26, 2018 3:00 PM
Russell, SR-418

House Oversight & Government Reform Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Affairs
Hearing: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Fraud
September 26, 2018 10:00 am
2154 Rayburn HOB

Medicare & Medicaid Programs, and Other Program Initiatives, and Priorities: Meeting of the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE)
September 26, 2018, 8:30 AM to 4 PM
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 502A, Conference Room
200 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20201

Meeting: National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice
September 26, 2018, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
September 27, 2018, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, Maryland 20857

House Committee on Veterans Affairs – Health, Full Committee
Hearing: Veteran Suicide Prevention: Maximizing Effectiveness and Increasing Awareness
September 27, 2018 10:30
334 Cannon House Office Building

Senate HELP Committee
Hearing: Reducing Health Care Costs: Improving Affordability Through Innovation.
September 27, 2018 10:00 AM
430 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate HELP Committee
Hearing: Reducing Health Care Costs: Improving Affordability Through Innovation
September 27, 2018, 10:00 AM
430 Dirksen Senate Office Building

FDA Neurological Devices Panel Advisory Committee
September 27, 2018, 8 AM to 5 PM
Hilton Washington
DC/North, Salons A, B, C, and D
620 Perry Pkwy
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Public Workshop and Request for Comment
Evidence-Based Treatment Decision in Transplantation: Patient Individualized Treatment; Choosing the Right Regimen for the Right Patient
September 27, 2018, 8:30 AM to 6 PM
September 28, 2018, 8 AM to 12:30 PM

FDA White Oak Campus
Bldg. 31 Conference Center, the Great Room (Rm. 1503, sections B and C)
10903 New Hampshire Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20993

Meeting: Scientific Conference: Opioid and Nicotine Use, Dependence, and Recovery: Influences of Sex and Gender
September 27 – 28, 2018 8:30 AM
FDA White Oak Campus
Bldg. 31 Conference Center, the Great Room (Rm. 1503-A)
10903 New Hampshire Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20993

House Judiciary Committee
Meeting: Examining Sober Living Homes
September 28, 2018 9:00 AM
2141 Rayburn House Office Building

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