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Congressional Health Policy Hearings

Congressional committees have held several hearings this week on health policy issues. On March 24, the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee held a hearing on the 340B drug pricing program....more

Comptroller of the Currency Discusses Tailoring Supervisory Expectations to the Size and Complexity of Regulated Institutions

On March 19, the Comptroller of the Currency, Thomas Curry, discussed the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s approach to tailoring regulatory and supervisory expectations to the size and complexity of supervised...more

Senate EPW Hearing On TSCA Reform

On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) held a hearing on S. 697, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. ...more

RESCHEDULED: 340B in the Spotlight: Congress Offers Webcast of Upcoming Hearing Regarding the 340B Drug Pricing Program

The House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee on Health hearing entitled, “Examining the 340B Drug Pricing Program”, originally scheduled for Thursday, March 5th has been RESCHEDULED for March 24, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. EST. ...more

Ways & Means Committee Schedules March 24 Hearing on Use of Data Analysis to Stop Medicare Fraud

On March 24, the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight is holding a hearing on CMS’s use of the Fraud Prevention System (FPS) to identify and stop Medicare fraud. ...more

TSCA Reform: Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act

On March 18, 2015, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing on the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697). ...more

Health Care Update - March 2015 #3

In This Issue: - Permanent Medicare Doc-Fix Could be a Reality, CHIP Reauthorization May Be Lynchpin - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives -...more

HHS Secretary Burwell Testifies in House Appropriations Hearing Regarding Medicare Appeals Backlog

On February 25, 2015, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell testified in a budget hearing before the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, about the Obama...more

March Congressional Health Policy Hearings

On March 10, 2015, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing on “Continuing America’s Leadership in Medical Innovation for Patients,” featuring testimony from NIH Director Francis...more

GAO Report Highlights Improper Medicare/Medicaid Payments

Despite the efforts of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to combat fraud and contain costs in federal healthcare programs, Medicare’s fee-for-service program (Parts A and B) and Medicaid were two of the top...more

Director Cordray appears before House Financial Services

On Tuesday, March 3, CFPB Director Richard Cordray appeared before the House Financial Services Committee to answer questions regarding the Bureau’s Semi-Annual Report to Congress and the President, which it published on...more

RFS Hearing And Legislation

On February 25, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittees on Energy and Power and Environment and the Economy held a joint hearing on "The Fiscal Year 2016 EPA Budget." ...more

Digital Currency (incl bitcoin) inquiry report delayed; GST position should be clarified

The Senate referred an inquiry into Digital Currency (which includes, but is not limited to, bitcoin) to its Economics References Committee on 2 October 2014. Submissions to the inquiry closed on 28 November 2014 and the...more

Senate Votes to Block the NLRB’s “Ambush Elections” Final Rule

On March 4, 2015, by a vote of 53-46 the Senate passed joint resolution S.J. Res. 8 to halt the implementation of the NLRB’s Final Rule, adopted December 2014, regarding representation elections. Colloquially called the...more

Health Care Update - March 2015

In This Issue: - King v. Burwell before the Supreme Court and the Potential Congressional Response - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Congressional...more

U.S. Senate Banking Committee Schedules Hearing on Federal Reserve Reform

On March 3, the Senate Banking Committee will hold a hearing entitled, “Federal Reserve Accountability and Reform.” The hearing comes after Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher’s February 13 remarks on the growing concern...more

Congress Holds Hearing on Proposed “Waters of the United States” Rule

On February 4, 2015, the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee questioned EPA officials about a proposed rule to redefine the term "waters of the...more

Update on IANA Stewardship Transition and ICANN Accountability: US Senate Holds Hearing on Transition and Future of...

On February 25, 2015, the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing on "Preserving the Multistakeholder Model of Internet Governance," during which it heard testimony regarding the Internet...more

Upcoming House Hearing on 340B Program

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing on Thursday, March 5, 2015 on “Examining the 340B Drug Pricing Program,” focusing on the functionality of the program and the extent to which it meets...more

Director Cordray to testify on March 3 before House Financial Services Committee

The House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow, March 3, entitled “The Semi-Annual Report of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection” at which Director Cordray is expected to testify. The most recent...more

Generic Drug Price Hike Investigations Target Lannett

Since we last reported on state and federal investigations into recent generic drug price increases, the investigations have moved forward against Philadelphia-based Lannett Co. On November 20, a Senate healthcare...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Upcoming Hearing: HHS Sec. Burwell Appearing Before E&C Committee on FY2016 Budget... CMS Issues 2016 Payment and Policy Updates for Medicare Health and Drug Plans... CMS Releases Improved Rating System for Nursing...more

Health Care Update - February 2015 #2

In This Issue: - Open Enrollment Update - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Congressional Initiatives - Other Health Care News -...more

Regulatory Relief for Regional and Community Banks

After the US elections in November 2014, Congress passed two amendments to provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) – the so-called “swaps push-out rule” and the “Collins...more

Federal Banking Regulators Testify on “Regulatory Relief”

On February 10, officials from federal and state banking authorities – the Fed, FDIC, NCUA, OCC, and the CSBS – testified at a U.S. Senate Banking Committee on ways the agencies can provide “regulatory relief” to community...more

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