House Energy and Commerce Committee Unanimously Approves 21st Century Cures Bill

Today the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved H.R. 6, the “21st Century Cures Act,” by a bipartisan, unanimous 51-0 vote. This major legislation is intended to accelerate the pace of medical cures in the United States through a variety of reforms addressing drug and device development and approval, clinical trial design, research funding, interoperability of health technology, and other issues  It also would exclude journals, reprints, and other education-related items and payments from Physician Payment Sunshine Act reporting.

During markup, the panel approved an amendment offered by Chairman Upton making a number of policy revisions and offsets, including, among other things, provisions that:

  • Limit Medicaid durable medical equipment reimbursement rates to Medicare fee-for-service rates applicable in the state, effective January 1, 2020;
  • Make various changes to Medicare imaging reimbursement policy, including modification of Medicare physician fee schedule and outpatient prospective payment system payments to incentivize the transition from traditional x-ray imaging to digital radiography (with payment reductions for the use of non-digital technology) and a requirement that the Secretary conduct an empirical analysis before applying the multiple procedure payment reduction to the professional component of imaging services;
  • Implement OIG recommendation to delay certain Medicare Part D prescription drug plan prepayments;
  • Establish a Cures Innovation Fund equal to $110 million for each of fiscal years 2016 through 2020; and
  • Exempt certain FDA user fees from sequestration.

The bill now moves on to the full House.

Congress Passes Budget Resolution Conference Report with ACA, Medicare Provisions

On May 5, 2015, the Senate approved the conference report to accompany S.Con.Res. 11, the concurrent resolution setting forth the federal budget for FY 2016 and establishing budgetary target levels for FYs 2017 through 2025, following earlier House approval. The conference agreement, which was approved on largely party-line votes, includes nonbinding language supporting Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal (including specific reference to repeal of the Medicare Independent Payment Advisory Board and Medicare spending cuts contained in the ACA, as long as the measure is deficit-neutral). The agreement calls for $430 billion in unspecified Medicare savings, as the Senate had proposed, rather than structural reforms included in an earlier House version.  While the conference report is intended to guide Congressional budget activities in the coming year and facilitates floor consideration in the Senate, the measure does not actually effect policy changes; any subsequent legislation to implement the instructions would be subject to future Congressional debate (and potential Presidential veto).
 

Action Continues on 21st Century Cures Act; Hearings on Medicare Competition, ACA Implementation, Opioid Abuse

Later today, the full House Energy and Commerce Committee is scheduled to begin markup of the 21st Century Cures Act, following Health Subcommittee approval on May 14. Votes are expected tomorrow (markup was subsequently delayed until May 21).  Also today, the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health is holding a hearing on "Improving Competition in Medicare: Removing Moratoria and Expanding Access.”

Tomorrow the House Ways and Means Committee has scheduled a hearing on the use of administrative actions in Affordable Care Act implementation. On May 21, the Energy and Commerce Oversight Subcommittee will address state government efforts to combat opioid abuse.

Upcoming 21st Century Cures Markup, Hearings on Medicare Chronic Care, Competition

Tomorrow the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee is scheduled to mark up the 21st Century Cures Act; the Subcommittee has posted a substitute amendment that will be considered by the panel.  Also tomorrow, the Senate Finance Committee is holding a hearing on improving care for Medicare patients with chronic conditions.

Looking ahead to next week, the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health is holding a hearing on May 19 entitled “Improving Competition in Medicare: Removing Moratoria and Expanding Access.”

Pending Trade Legislation Would Extend Medicare Sequestration

The House and Senate are considering trade legislation that would be financed in part by $700 million from extended Medicare sequestration authority – much to the consternation of the health care provider community.

By way of background, under the “Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014” (PAMA), Congress “front-loaded” the Medicare reimbursement cuts under the Budget Control Act’s sequestration authority for FY 2024 to capture all of the sequestration savings during the first half of FY 2024, which fell into PAMA’s 10-year budget scoring window. Specifically, the 2% annual cap on Medicare provider payment cuts was raised to 4% for the first six months of FY 2024, and then was scheduled to drop to 0% for the second half of FY 2024.

Under trade legislation approved by the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee (the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act), the sequester on Medicare spending would be extended to the second half of FY 2024, but the cap would be set at 0.25%. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that this provision would raise $700 million. The full House and Senate have not yet approved the bills, but it suggests that lawmakers are getting increasingly comfortable with using future Medicare sequestration to fund Medicare and non-Medicare programs.

Congressional Health Policy Hearings

Congressional committees have held a number of hearings recently on health policy issues, include the following

Looking ahead, the following hearings are scheduled next week:

House Approves "Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act"

On April 21, 2015, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 471, the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2015. The bipartisan legislation would clarify the Controlled Substances Act to establish consistent enforcement standards intended to protect against diversion while promoting patient access to medically-necessary controlled substances. 

President Obama Signs MACRA: Permanently Reforms Medicare Physician Reimbursement Framework, Includes Other Health Policy Provisions

This Client Alert was written by Deb McCurdy, Elizabeth Carder-Thompson, Dan Cody, Gail Daubert, Tom Greeson, Paul Pitts, Trey Andrews, Katie Hurley and Rahul Narula.

On April 16, 2015, President Obama signed into law H.R. 2, the “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015” (MACRA), which reforms Medicare payment policy for physician services and adopts a series of policy changes affecting a wide range of providers and suppliers.

Most notably, MACRA permanently repeals the statutory Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, achieving a goal that has eluded Congress for years. This step overrides a 21.2 percent across-the-board cut in Medicare physician payments that briefly took effect April 1, 2015, and ends a long cycle of Medicare physician fee schedule (MPFS) cuts being triggered automatically and Congress then responding with temporary patches. Instead, after a period of stable payment updates, MACRA will link physician payment updates to quality, value measurements, and participation in alternative payment models. MACRA also extends certain expiring Medicare and other health policy provisions, including a two-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

To finance these provisions, MACRA reduces market basket updates for post-acute care providers, revises inpatient hospital payment rate updates, restructures Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) reductions, imposes additional income-related adjustments for Medicare Part B and Part D premiums, and bars first-dollar Medigap coverage policies. Finally, MACRA includes a number of policy provisions, including: new program integrity policies; a binding bid requirement under the durable medical equipment (DME), prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) competitive bidding program; an additional delay in enforcement of the “two midnight” hospital inpatient status policy; and revisions to payment for global surgical packages.

This Client Alert summarizes the major Medicare and Medicaid provisions of MACRA, focusing on those provisions we believe to be of most interest to our clients. We would be pleased to provide additional details upon request.

To read the full Client Alert, click here.

House and Senate Approve Budget Resolutions with Medicare, Medicaid, ACA Provisions

On March 25, 2015, the House of Representatives approved (with no Democratic votes) H.Con.Res. 27, a budget resolution providing instructions to Congressional committees on the federal spending framework for FY 2016. Among other things, the resolution calls for repealing the ACA “in its entirety,” transforming Medicare into a premium-support program, and replacing the ACA Medicaid expansion with “State Flexibility Funds” to support state Medicaid reforms. The Senate approved a separate budget resolution, S.Con.Res. 11, on March 26 (also with no Democratic support). The Senate version would also repeal the ACA, but would not make structural reforms to Medicare (Committees would be directed to achieve more than $400 billion in unspecified Medicare savings over 10 years, the same level included in the President’s proposed FY 2016 budget).  While the budget resolutions are intended to guide Congressional budget activities in the coming year, they do not actually effect policy changes; any subsequent legislation in conformance with the resolution would be subject to future Congressional debate (and potentially Presidential veto).

Senate Recesses Without Taking up House-Approved SGR Fix Legislation

The Senate has adjourned until April 13, 2015 without taking action on the House-approved Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, which would repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, reform Medicare physician payments, and make other policy changes.  In the interim, the 21.2% physician fee schedule cut mandated by the SGR will be triggered for services furnished on or after April 1, 2015.   In a recent update, CMS reminded providers that electronic claims are not paid earlier than 14 calendar days (29 days for paper claims) after the date of receipt, so applicable claims will be held at least until the Senate returns, but the timing of any Senate action is still unclear.  CMS intends to provide an update by April 11, 2015 on the status of Congressional action to avert the negative update and the agency’s next steps.  

House Approves Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act

Repeals SGR Formula, Adopts Medicare and Other Policy Changes

Today the U.S. House of Representatives approved a major Medicare package, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), which would reform Medicare reimbursement policy for physician fee schedule services and adopt a series of policy changes affecting a wide range of providers and suppliers.

Most notably, the bill would repeal the statutory Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, which has called for deep cuts in Medicare rates in recent years, but Congress has routinely stepped in to override the full application of the formula. Instead, after a period of stable payment updates, MACRA would link physician payment updates to quality and value measurements and participation in alternative payment models. MACRA also would extend certain expiring Medicare and other health policy provisions, including a two-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

To finance these provisions, MACRA would reduce Medicare market basket updates for post-acute care providers, revise Medicare inpatient hospital payment rate updates, restructure Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) reductions, require additional income-related adjustments for Medicare Part B and Part D premiums, and bar first-dollar Medigap coverage policies.

Finally, the bill includes a number of other health policy provisions, including: new program integrity policies (including eliminating civil money penalties for inducements to physicians to limit services that are not medically necessary); a requirement that suppliers of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) that bid in a competitive bidding program obtain a bid surety bond that would be forfeited if the supplier does not accept a contract under certain circumstances; a delay in enforcement of the “two midnight” inpatient status policy; and revisions to Medicare payment for global surgical packages (including blocking a CMS decision to eliminate 10- and 90-day global surgical packages).

President Obama has promised to sign the bill if approved by the Senate. Timing is critical given that the latest short-term SGR “fix” expires at the end of the month, and physicians face a 21% across-the-board cut on April 1, 2015 in the absence of Congressional action.

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. Also on March 24, the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight examined CMS’s use of the Fraud Prevention System (FPS) to identify and stop Medicare fraud, and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held a hearing entitled “Continuing America's Leadership: Advancing Research and Development for Patients.” On March 25, the Senate Special Committee on Aging examined “The Fight Against Alzheimer's Disease: Are We on Track to a Treatment by 2025.” 

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. Government and non-governmental witnesses will discuss the progress that the FPS has made and how data analysis is being used to identify and stop Medicare fraud and waste.

House Approves Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding, Hospital Observation, Controlled Substances, & Trauma Care Bills

Yesterday the House of Representatives approved the following health policy bills:

  • H.R. 284, the Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Improvement Act of 2015 – which would require Medicare suppliers that bid under a DME, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) competitive bidding program to obtain a $50,000-$100,000 bid surety bond for each competitive bidding area (CBA).  If the bidder is offered a contract for any product category in the CBA, and the supplier’s bid for the product category was at or below the median composite bid rate that was used to calculate single payment amounts, the bid bond would be forfeited if the supplier does not accept the contract.   In all other cases, the bid bond would be returned to the bidder.  The bill is intended to prevent  suppliers from submitting not-binding, “low-ball” bids that artificially drive down prices and jeopardize beneficiary access to equipment.   The bill also would codify that competitive bidding contracts can only be awarded to suppliers that meet applicable state licensure requirements.
  • H.R. 876, the “NOTICE Act” – which would require hospitals and critical access hospitals to provide written and oral notification to Medicare beneficiaries classified as being under observation status for more than 24 hours, rather than admitted as inpatients.  Such notice would include an explanation of the implications of observation status for beneficiary cost-sharing obligations and subsequent skilled nursing facility eligibility.
  • H.R. 639, Improving Regulatory Transparency for New Medical Therapies Act – to amend the Controlled Substances Act to improve the efficiency, transparency, and consistency of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) process for scheduling new drugs.  According to the bill sponsor, the lack of predictability in the timing of DEA scheduling decisions results in uncertainty in the drug development process and delays patient access to new therapies.
  • H.R. 647, Access to Life-Saving Trauma Care for All Americans Act –  to reauthorize certain Public Health Service Act trauma care center grants.  
  • H.R. 648, Trauma Systems and Regionalization of Emergency Care Reauthorization Act – to reauthorize grants supporting state and rural development of trauma systems and authorize new regionalized emergency care model pilot projects.

The bills are now awaiting Senate consideration.

House to Vote Today on DMEPOS Competitive Bidding, Hospital Observation Policy, and Other Health Policy Bills

On March 16, 2015, the House of Representatives is scheduled to consider the following health policy legislation:

  • H.R. 284, the Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Improvement Act of 2015 -- which would require Medicare suppliers that bid under a DME, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) competitive bidding program to submit binding bids or risk forfeiture of a surety bond;
  • H.R. 876, the “NOTICE Act” – which would require hospitals to provide certain notifications to individuals classified as being under observation status rather than admitted as inpatients;
  • H.R. 639, Improving Regulatory Transparency for New Medical Therapies Act -- to amend the Controlled Substances Act to improve the efficiency, transparency, and consistency of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s process for scheduling new drugs;
  • H.R. 647, Access to Life-Saving Trauma Care for All Americans Act -- to reauthorize language from the Public Health Service Act to fund trauma care centers; and
  • H.R. 648, Trauma Systems and Regionalization of Emergency Care Reauthorization Act -- to reauthorize grants supporting state and rural development of trauma systems and authorize new regionalized emergency care model pilot projects.

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 Collins, MD, PhD, and FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, MD.  

On March 17, the HELP Committee has scheduled a hearing on “America’s Health IT Transformation: Translating the Promise of Electronic Health Records into Better Care.” The Senate Finance Committee is holding a hearing on the “Affordable Care Act at Five Years” on March 19. 

The Energy and Commerce has not yet rescheduled a previously-announced hearing on the 340B drug pricing program that was cancelled due to weather.

Upcoming House Hearing on 340B Program (March 25)

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 its goal of improving access to prescription drugs for needy patients at facilities serving these populations. Scheduled witnesses include officials from the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Government Accountability Office, and the Office of the Inspector General. 

** Note: this hearing has been rescheduled for March 25.

Ways and Means Committee to Markup Medicare Fraud, Competitive Bidding, and other Medicare Policy Bills

On February 26, 2015, the House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to vote on the following bills:

  • H.R. 1021, “Protecting the Integrity of Medicare Act of 2015” – a sweeping bill to promote Medicare program integrity and efficiency. Among many other things, the bill would: eliminate civil money penalties for inducements to physicians to limit services that are not medically necessary; create a Part D drug management program for beneficiaries at risk of prescription drug abuse; require MACs to establish improper payment outreach and education programs for providers; expand the Senior Medicare Patrol program; require the HHS Secretary to issue guidance on the application of the “Common Rule” protecting individuals involved in research; and require the Secretary to issue a report on how to establish a permanent physician-hospital gainsharing program.
  • H.R. 284, “Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Improvement Act of 2015” -- which would require Medicare suppliers that bid under a durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) competitive bidding program to submit binding bids or risk forfeiture of a surety bond.
  • H.R. 876, “NOTICE Act” – which would require hospitals to provide certain notifications to individuals classified as being under observation status rather than admitted as inpatients.
  • H.R. 887, “Electronic Health Fairness Act of 2015” -- which addresses the treatment of patient encounters in ambulatory surgical centers in determining meaningful electronic health record use.

** These bills were approved with amendments

Energy & Commerce Committee Approves Bipartisan Public Health Bills

On February 11, 2015, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the following bipartisan public health bills:

  • H.R. 471, Ensuring Patient Access to Effective Drug Enforcement Act (to improve enforcement efforts regarding prescription drug diversion and abuse); 
  • H.R. 639, Improving Regulatory Transparency for New Medical Therapies Act, as amended (to amend the Controlled Substances Act to improve the efficiency, transparency, and consistency of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s process for scheduling new drugs); 
  • H.R. 647, Access to Life-Saving Trauma Care for All Americans Act (to reauthorize language from the Public Health Service Act to fund trauma care centers); and
  • H.R. 648, Trauma Systems and Regionalization of Emergency Care Reauthorization Act (to reauthorize grants supporting state and rural development of trauma systems and authorize new regionalized emergency care model pilot projects).

Congressional Health Policy Hearings

The following Congressional panels have held hearings recently on various health policy issues:

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February 25, 2015 — House Approves ACA Repeal/Replace Bill

February 25, 2015 — Congressional Hearings to Focus on HHS Budget, Medical Preparedness, ACA Implementation

February 3, 2015 — Obama Administration Releases FY 2016 Budget Proposal with Medicare/Medicaid Provisions

January 30, 2015 — House to Vote on ACA Repeal/Replace Bill; CBO Won't Score It

January 29, 2015 — Congressional Panels Take Steps to Speed Patient Access to Medical Innovation

January 29, 2015 — Congressional Health Policy Hearings & Markups

January 14, 2015 — House E&C Committee Schedules SGR Hearing (Jan. 21 & 22)

January 14, 2015 — House Approves Bills to Modify ACA Rules for Employers Related to Part-Time Workers, Veterans

January 14, 2015 — President Signs Tax Bill with Medicare Provisions, Ebola Treatment/Vaccine Bill

December 17, 2014 — President Signs Government Funding Bill with Health Spending/Policy Provisions

December 17, 2014 — Congress Approves "ABLE Act" with Medicare Offsets

December 15, 2014 — Congressional Panels Seek Input on Medicare Fraud & Abuse, LDT, GME Legislation

December 13, 2014 — Extension of Enforcement Moratorium on Rural Hospital Supervision Requirements

December 13, 2014 — Congressional Health Policy Hearings

December 12, 2014 — Congress Approves Bill to Incentivize Ebola Treatment/Vaccine Developments; Congressional Hearings Address Ebola Response

October 28, 2014 — Congressional Hearing on Government Response to Ebola Crisis (Nov. 6)

October 8, 2014 — President Obama Signs Post-Acute Care Transformation Act and Other Health Policy Bills

September 5, 2014 — Upcoming House Hearings to Address ACA Implementation, Accelerating Medical Innovation

September 4, 2014 — House Panel to Examine FDA Lab-Developed Test Policy

August 12, 2014 — Two Health Policy Laws Enacted, Additional Bills Advance

August 12, 2014 — Ways and Means Committee Seeks Comments on Medicare Program Integrity Bill

July 25, 2014 — Senate Aging Committee Calls for Medicare Audit, Local Coverage Policy Reforms

July 25, 2014 — July Congressional Health Policy Hearings

June 25, 2014 — Finance Committee Invites Comments on Health Care Data Transparency

June 25, 2014 — Congressional Hearings Examine Medicare Fraud, ACA, Digital Health, MedPAC Report, Brain Injuries

June 25, 2014 — Bipartisan Health Bills Advance

June 10, 2014 — Full Energy and Commerce Committee Approves Three Bipartisan Health Bills

June 9, 2014 — HHS Secretary Nominee Burwell Confirmed by Senate

June 2, 2014 — House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Approves Health Bills

June 2, 2014 — Congressional Health Policy Hearings

June 2, 2014 — Finance Committee Endorses Burwell Nomination

May 19, 2014 — House Panel to Consider Bundled Post-Acute Care, Cancer Care Payment Parity Bills

May 14, 2014 — House Panel to Examine Medicare Hospital Issues (May 20)

May 13, 2014 — Senate Finance Committee Schedules Hearing on Burwell HHS Nomination

May 6, 2014 — Congressional Committees to Consider HHS Secretary Nomination, HHS Budget, ACA Implementation, Cancer Research

April 28, 2014 — Congressional Hearings this Week to Focus on Medicare Fraud, Telehealth

April 8, 2014 — April Congressional Hearings

April 8, 2014 — Children's Hospital GME Reauthorization Act Signed

April 4, 2014 — President Signs Medicare Physician Fee Schedule/SGR Patch with Numerous Health Policy Provisions

March 25, 2014 — As End of 3-Month SGR Patch Approaches, Hope Fading for Permanent Fix This Month

March 24, 2014 — March Congressional Health Policy Hearings

March 5, 2014 — Obama Administration Proposes FY 2015 Budget with Medicare, Medicaid Savings Provisions

March 4, 2014 — Congressional Health Policy Hearings

February 13, 2014 — Bipartisan/Bicameral SGR Reform Bill Released; Offsets Not Yet Identified

February 13, 2014 — House Panel, GAO Examine Drug Shortages

February 12, 2014 — Congress Approves 1-Year Extension of Medicare Sequestration

January 30, 2014 — Omnibus Government Spending Signed to Fund HHS, Other Departments

January 30, 2014 — Congressional Health Policy Hearings

January 29, 2014 — SGR Reform/IPAB Connection - Will Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Fix Trigger IPAB Provider Cuts?

January 6, 2014 — House Panel to Examine Medicare "Extenders" Policy

December 30, 2013 — President Signs 2-Year Funding Bill with Medicare SGR Patch, Sequestration Extension for Medicare Providers

December 10, 2013 — Drug Distribution Security Legislation Signed into Law

December 10, 2013 — Senate Finance Committee Schedules SGR Markup

December 10, 2013 — Congressional Hearings Examine ACA Insurance Developments and Other Health Policies

December 10, 2013 — HIV Organ Policy Equity, PREEMIE Reauthorization Acts Signed into Law

December 3, 2013 — House Approves "Keep Your Health Plan Act"

November 25, 2013 — Congressional Panels Continue Focus on ACA Insurance Enrollment, Security, and Cost Issues, and Other Health Policy Topics

November 14, 2013 — House Schedules Vote on "Keep Your Health Plan Act"

November 14, 2013 — CBO Offers Deficit Reduction Options

November 14, 2013 — Congressional Hearings Focus on HealthCare.gov Enrollment, Other Policy Issues

November 14, 2013 — Health Policy Bills Advance

November 5, 2013 — Key House and Senate Panels Invite Comments on SGR Reform Plan (Due Nov. 12)

October 30, 2013 — Congressional Hearings Focus on Rocky HealthCare.gov Rollout

October 30, 2013 — Continuing Resolution for FY 2014 Adopted; Budget Panel Could Take Up Medicare Issues

September 17, 2013 — House Approves Bill to Require Verification of ACA Individual Subsidy Eligibility

September 16, 2013 — Upcoming House Hearings on ACA Implementation (Sept. 18 & 19)

September 16, 2013 — Congressional Health Policy Hearings

August 12, 2013 — Ways and Means Committee Releases Draft Medicare Post-Acute Care Reform Legislation

August 6, 2013 — Bill Introduced to Narrow Stark Exception for In-Office Services

July 29, 2013 — House Approves Legislation to Amend ACA to Delay Insurance Mandates

July 29, 2013 — House Panel Approves Bipartisan SGR Reform Bill

July 29, 2013 — Ways and Means Committee Invites Public Comment on Medicare Cost Sharing Proposals

July 29, 2013 — July Health Policy Hearings

July 29, 2013 — HIV Organ Policy Equity Act Advances

July 3, 2013 — House Panel Invites Comments on Draft SGR Reform Legislation

June 27, 2013 — Congressional Committees Seek Input on Post-Acute Care Reforms

June 27, 2013 — Health Policy Hearings

June 11, 2013 — Health Policy Hearings

June 11, 2013 — House Approves ACA Repeal Legislation

June 5, 2013 — House Approves Drug Distribution Security Plan

June 5, 2013 — House SGR Reform Efforts Continue - Hearing Today

May 11, 2013 — Senate Finance Members Seek Physician Input on SGR Reform

May 10, 2013 — Congressional Health Policy Hearings & Markups

April 24, 2013 — Lawmakers Float Draft Drug Distribution Security Plan; Comment Opportunity

April 15, 2013 — April Congressional Health Policy Hearings & Markups

April 11, 2013 — Updated House SGR Reform Proposal

April 10, 2013 — Obama Administration's Proposed FY 2014 Budget Includes $401 Billion in Health Program Savings

March 28, 2013 — President Signs Government Funding Bill Maintaining FY 2013 Medicare Sequestration Cuts

March 28, 2013 — Congressional Health Policy Hearings

March 27, 2013 — Senate HELP Committee Approves Organ Transplant, Animal Drug User Fee Bills

March 13, 2013 — Congress Clears Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act

March 12, 2013 — Congressional Hearings

March 4, 2013 — Medicare and Sequestration - What Happens Now?

February 18, 2013 — House Panels Invite Comments on Medicare SGR/Physician Fee Schedule Reform

February 18, 2013 — House Approves GME, Pediatric Research, and EMT Bills

February 18, 2013 — February Congressional Health Policy Hearings & Markups

February 18, 2013 — Finance Committee Compilation of Public Recommendations to Address Health Care Fraud and Abuse

February 11, 2013 — House Panel Hearing to Focus on Physician Payment/SGR Reform (Feb. 14)

January 30, 2013 — House Passes Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act

January 30, 2013 — House Energy and Commerce Committee Approves GME, Pediatric Research, and EMT Bills