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Health Care Congressional Outlook for the June Work Period

The next six weeks are shaping up to be the final work period before the summer recess, with both chambers scheduled to leave DC by July 15th for party conventions followed by the August recess. The National Defense...more

6/7/2016 - 21st Century Cures Initiative Affordable Care Act Legislative Agendas Mental Health Opioid Zika

Health Care Update - March 2016

Senate HELP Committee Set for Second Mark Up on Cures Effort - This week, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) will hold its second legislative mark-up on its counterpart to the...more

3/8/2016 - Affordable Care Act CMS Drug & Alcohol Abuse EHR ERISA FDA Food Labeling GMO HELP Legislative Agendas Medicaid Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization (MACRA) Prescription Drugs SCOTUS

Health Care Update - February 2016 #5

Congress Expected to Vote on Opioid Legislation - This week, Congress will consider the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). CARA would be the first step the Senate has taken in 2016 to address the opioid...more

3/2/2016 - Affordable Care Act Legislative Agendas Medicare Part B Open Enrollment Prescription Drugs Substance Abuse Telehealth

Health Care Update - February 2016 #4

What to Expect from Congress this Work Period - The next Hill work period basically runs from February 22nd to March 23rd. As Congress returns, here’s a brief look at the pending health care issues on the radar for this...more

2/23/2016 - Affordable Care Act CMS FDA Federal Budget Hospitals Justice Scalia Legislative Agendas Medicaid Medicare Advantage Physicians Prescription Drug Coverage Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) Substance Abuse

Health Care Update - February 2016 #3

The Administration is Ramping Up Drug Pricing Response - The President’s budget makes clear for all to see that the Administration wants to do something related to drug pricing. Unfortunately for the Administration,...more

2/17/2016 - 60-Day Rule Affordable Care Act CMMI CMS Congressional Committees Drug Pricing FDA Federal Budget Justice Scalia Overpayment Prescription Drugs Proposed Legislation SCOTUS Substance Abuse Zika

Health Care Update - February 2016 #2

Martin Shkreli Not the Big Story on the Hill Last Week - Congress’s complex relationship with prescription drugs was on display last week in the House of Representatives. In the House Committee on Oversight and...more

2/16/2016 - Affordable Care Act Biosimilars BPCIA Cancer CDC CMS Congressional Investigations & Hearings Drug Pricing GDUFA Martin Shkreli Mental Health Prescription Drugs Telemedicine Zika

Health Care Update - February 2016

Are Lawmakers and Stakeholders Ready for the Silver Tsunami? - Last week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a projection that shows Medicare enrollment will grow by more than 30 percent in the next decade...more

2/16/2016 - ACOs Affordable Care Act Alternative Payment Models (APM) Congressional Budget Office Drug Pricing Elder Issues FCC FDA Healthcare Costs Medical Debt Medicare Mental Health Prescription Drugs Substance Abuse TCPA Telemedicine

Health Care Update - January 2016

ML Strategies Publishes 2016 Legislative Outlook - The ML Strategies 2016 Legislation Outlook is now available! The first session of the 114th Congress marked a productive year for Congress, with passage of numerous...more

1/20/2016 - Affordable Care Act Legislative Agendas Omnibus Guidance Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR)

Health Care Update - December 2015

Cadillac Tax Repeal Garners Bipartisan Support; Prospects for Implementation Delay Increase - Last week, the Senate passed its reconciliation package by a vote of 52-47, sending it back to the House for approval and...more

12/9/2015 - Affordable Care Act Cadillac Tax Congressional Investigations & Hearings Drug Pricing FDA Medical Devices OIG Prescription Drugs Tax Extenders Telemedicine

Health Care Update - November 2015 #3

Drug Pricing Issues Heat Up Following HHS Forum - Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hosted a forum on prescription drug costs which featured players from every corner of the industry, including...more

11/25/2015 - 21st Century Cures Initiative Affordable Care Act American Medical Association CMS Drug Pricing FDA HHS Laboratory Developed Tests Prescription Drugs Telemedicine

Health Care Update - November 2015 #2

FDA Hosts Genome Scientists For Next-Generation Sequencing Conference - Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hosted genome scientists from across the nation at its campus in White Oak, Maryland. Two public...more

11/18/2015 - Affordable Care Act Congressional Committees Congressional Investigations & Hearings Drug Pricing FDA Human Genome Project Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Reconciliation Substance Abuse Telemedicine

Health Care Update - August 2015 #2

Major Medicaid Drug Payment Rule Under OMB Review: Last week a highly anticipated rule that could set the standards for the Medicaid Drug Rebate program arrived at the White House for final review. The Medicaid Outpatient...more

8/11/2015 - Affordable Care Act Amarin Caronia CMS Cybersecurity FCC FDA First Amendment Hackers Health Care Providers HHS ICD-10 Medicaid Off-Label Promotion OIG OMB Pending Legislation Pharmaceutical Industry Prescription Drug Coverage Regulatory Agenda

Health Care Update - July 2015 #3

ACA Repeal Votes Continue: As part of a rare Senate Sunday session to consider a bill to replenish the highway trust fund for six years, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) brought up an amendment to repeal the ACA—in...more

7/29/2015 - Affordable Care Act CMS Congressional Investigations & Hearings Health Care Providers Health Insurance Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare Healthcare Reform HHS Medicaid Medicaid Expansion Medicare Obama Administration Proposed Legislation Regulatory Agenda Substance Abuse

Health Care Update - July 2015 #1

In This Issue: - Recent Mandatory APMs Signal Evolution in Delivery Reform Efforts - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Congressional Initiatives - Upcoming...more

7/14/2015 - Affordable Care Act Alternative Payment Models (APM) CMMI CMS Congressional Investigations & Hearings Contraceptive Coverage Mandate Health Care Providers Health Insurance Healthcare Healthcare Reform Home Health Care Medicaid Medicare New Regulations Telehealth

Health Care Update - June 2015 #4

In This Issue: - Pathway for Bipartisanship following King v. Burwell - Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Congressional Initiatives - Other Health Care News - Upcoming Congressional...more

7/1/2015 - Affordable Care Act Congressional Investigations & Hearings Employer Group Health Plans Health Insurance Healthcare King v Burwell Legislative Agendas Regulatory Agenda

Health Care Update - June 2015 #3

In This Issue: - Post- King v. Burwell Strategy is TBD - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Congressional Initiatives - Other Health Care News - Upcoming...more

6/23/2015 - Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Healthcare Healthcare Reform King v Burwell SCOTUS

Health Care Update - June 2015 #2

In This Issue: - CMS Finalizes ACO Program Rules; Scales Alternative Payment Model - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Congressional Initiatives - Other...more

6/9/2015 - ACOs Affordable Care Act CMS Healthcare HHS Medicare Shared Savings Program

Health Care Update - May 2015 #4

In This Issue: - House Energy and Commerce Unanimously Advances 21st Century Cures Legislation - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Congressional...more

5/28/2015 - 21st Century Cures Initiative Affordable Care Act CMS FDA Health Insurance Healthcare Legislative Agendas Meaningful Use Prescription Drugs Regulatory Agenda

Health Care Update - May 2015 #3

In This Issue: - 21st Century Cures Markup; Full Committee to Take Up this Week - Senate Finance Committee Solicits Health Bills for Upcoming Markup - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Federal...more

5/21/2015 - 21st Century Cures Initiative Affordable Care Act Health Care Providers Healthcare Medical Devices Pharmaceutical Industry

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