Hearing highlights benefits of 340B Drug Pricing Program

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The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations today held a hearing examining how covered entities use the 340B Drug Pricing Program. Established by Congress in 1992, the program mandates that drug manufacturers provide outpatient drugs to eligible health care organizations at... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, Medicare, Medicaid, drug prices

Hargan named acting HHS secretary

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President Trump yesterday named Eric Hargan as Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services. Confirmed as HHS deputy secretary last week, Hargan previously served on the president’s transition team and as HHS deputy general counsel, principal associate deputy secretary and acting deputy secretary under... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, Medicare, Medicaid, leadership

CMS approves waiver to expand WV Medicaid treatment for SUDs

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has approved a Section 1115 Medicaid demonstration waiver allowing West Virginia to expand its benefits package for substance use disorders to include the full continuum of SUD treatment, including short-term residential services in an Institution for Mental... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicaid, Behavioral health, opioids

Hargan sworn in as HHS deputy secretary

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The U.S. Senate this week voted 57-38 to confirm as Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan, an attorney and shareholder in the health care practice at Greenberg Traurig in Chicago. Hargan, who was sworn in yesterday, previously served on President Trump’s transition team and as HHS deputy... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, Medicare, Medicaid, leadership

AHA recommends federal actions to address opioid crisis

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Eliminating the Medicaid Institutions for Mental Disease exclusion for adults under age 65 would help improve access to treatment for those with severe or complex substance use disorders, AHA told the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee today in a statement submitted for a hearing on the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: maternal health, infant health, Medicaid, Behavioral health, HIPAA, opioids

Hospitals to begin using QualityNet to submit meaningful use attestations

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Beginning on Jan. 2, 2018, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals attesting to the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program will submit their 2017 meaningful use attestations to the QualityNet (Qnet) secure portal, according to a notice on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records, Medicare, Medicaid

Senate committee passes bill to extend CHIP funding for five years

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The Senate Finance Committee today approved by voice vote legislation to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program through fiscal year 2022. Under the KIDS Act (S. 1827), the program’s federal matching rate would remain at 23% through FY 2019, change to 11.5% for FY 2020 and return to a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Medicare, Coverage, Medicaid

Energy and Commerce leaders unveil bill to extend funding for CHIP

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House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) last night unveiled a bill to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program through fiscal year 2022, modify reductions in Medicaid disproportionate share payments to hospitals and provide $1 billion in Medicaid funding to Puerto... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Medicare, Coverage, Medicaid

HHS withdraws three proposed rules, including drug payment model

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today officially withdrew its proposal to test new models for how Medicare Part B pays for prescription drugs provided in physician offices and hospital outpatient departments. AHA had expressed concerns with the proposed rule and its inclusion of hospitals,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid, regulation, HIPAA

Wright named acting HHS secretary following Price's resignation

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President Trump Friday named Don Wright, M.D., acting secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Wright takes over for Tom Price, M.D., who resigned as HHS secretary earlier Friday. Wright has worked at HHS for nearly 10 years, most recently serving as the department’s acting assistant... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid, leadership

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