Tag Archives: medical education

Short-Term Government Funding Legislation includes Health Policy Extenders, Drug Rebate Definition Change, DSH Policies

On September 26, 2019 the Senate approved H.R. 4378, the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and Health Extenders Act of 2019, which would fund the federal government through November 21, 2019.  The House has already approved the legislation, and President Trump is expected to sign the bill.  The legislation includes a number of health program funding … Continue Reading

Congress Continues Focus on Health Policy; More Hearings on the Congressional Agenda

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has scheduled three hearings this week on health topics: A July 24 hearing on advertising and marketing practices within the substance use treatment industry; A July 25 hearing on FDA and NIH implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act; and A July 26 hearing on the Medicare Merit-based Incentive … Continue Reading

Congressional Hearings Focus on Health Care Innovation, Medicaid Fraud, Health Policy Legislation – But Spotlight Remains on Opioids

Congressional committees with jurisdiction over health care legislation continue to focus on the opioid crisis: The Energy and Commerce held a hearing on “Combating the Opioid Crisis: Improving the Ability of Medicare and Medicaid to Provide Care for Patients” and a roundtable discussion on “Personal Stories from the Opioid Crisis.” The House Oversight Healthcare Subcommittee … Continue Reading

New Laws Extend IVIG Demonstration and Expiring Public Health Programs, Promote Early Hearing Detection and Intervention

President Trump has signed into law a bill (P.L. 115-63) that extends the Medicare Intravenous Immune Globulin (IVIG) Demonstration through December 31, 2020. The law also extends through the first quarter of FY2018 (1) the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program, and (2) the Special Diabetes Program for Indians. The President also signed S … Continue Reading

Congressional Panels Seek Input on Medicare Fraud & Abuse, LDT, GME Legislation

In preparation for legislative activity early next year, various lawmakers have issued open requests for feedback on several health policy initiatives. For instance: The House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee chairman and ranking member have released a bipartisan bill including a variety of Medicare fraud/abuse provisions, covering such issues as recovery audit contractors, prevention of … Continue Reading

CMS Launches “Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative”

CMS has announced its newest innovative delivery reform program, called the “Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative,” which will provide up to $840 million over four years to help clinicians share, adapt, and develop quality improvement strategies. CMS intends to make awards for the following two types of systems: Practice Transformation Networks are peer-based learning networks designed … Continue Reading

Health Policy Bills Advance

On November 12, 2013, the House of Representatives approved S. 330, the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act, which would eliminate the restriction on acquiring HIV-positive organs in order to permit research on transplants involving HIV-positive individuals (the Senate approved the bill in June). The House also passed S. 252, the Prematurity Research Expansion and Education … Continue Reading

Obama Administration’s Proposed FY 2014 Budget Includes $401 Billion in Health Program Savings

Today, the Obama Administration released its proposed federal budget for fiscal year 2014. As widely reported, the budget incorporates an offer the President made to Congress in December 2012 to achieve nearly $1.8 trillion in additional deficit reduction over the next 10 years, including $401 billion in health savings (the Administration observes that this level of … Continue Reading

House Approves GME, Pediatric Research, and EMT Bills

The full House of Representatives has passed three health policy bills recently cleared by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. On February 4, 2013, the House approved H.R. 297, the Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education (GME) Support Reauthorization Act of 2013 (which provides support to children’s hospitals for pediatric medical residency programs), and H.R. 225, … Continue Reading

House Energy and Commerce Committee Approves GME, Pediatric Research, and EMT Bills

The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved three health policy bills on January 22, 2013, versions of which were passed by the full House during the last Congress. Specifically, the panel voted to approve: H.R. 297, the Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education (GME) Support Reauthorization Act of 2013 (which provides support to children’s hospitals for … Continue Reading

CMS Announces Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration

CMS is seeking applications for the Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration, an ACA initiative that will provide payments of up to $200 million over four years to hospitals working with nursing schools to train advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Payments to the participating hospitals will be based on the number of additional APRNs that the hospitals … Continue Reading

Autism, Pediatric GME Funding Bills Advance

On September 20, 2011, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 2005 and H.R. 1852.  H.R. 2005, the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011, provides funding for surveillance, education, early detection, intervention, and research related to autism, and operation of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee.  H.R. 1852, the Children’s Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act, provides support … Continue Reading

Distribution of Additional Residency Positions Under the ACA

On August 15, 2011, CMS announced its decisions regarding which teaching hospitals are receiving reductions and/or increases to their direct graduate medical education (GME) and indirect medical education (IME) full-time equivalent (FTE) resident caps, as authorized by Section 5503 of the ACA. CMS has released a list of hospitals receiving FTE resident cap decreases and/or increases.… Continue Reading

Congressional Panels Consider Generic Drug Promotion, Other Health Policy Legislation

On July 21, 2011, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved S. 27, the Preserve Access to Affordable Generics Act, which would prohibit certain so-called “pay-for-delay” agreements in patent litigation settlements in which a brand-name pharmaceutical company compensates a generic pharmaceutical company for delays in generic entry. On July 28, 2011, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved … Continue Reading

July Congressional Health Policy Hearings/Markups

A number of Congressional panels have held hearings on health policy issues this month, and more are scheduled, including the following: The House Energy and Commerce Committee has held hearings on: reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA); the ACA’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), which is charged with helping to contain Medicare costs; … Continue Reading

House Votes to Modify Graduate Medical Education Funding

On May 25, 2011, the House approved H.R. 1216, which would rescind certain unobligated ACA funding for health centers to expand or establish programs that provide training to medical residents, and it would make funding for future payments to those centers subject to annual discretionary appropriations. The legislation has not yet been considered by the Senate.… Continue Reading