HRSA delays until Oct. 1 the effective date of final rule on 340B drug ceiling prices

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The Health Resources and Services Administration today delayed to Oct. 1 the effective date of its final rule on 340B drug ceiling prices and civil monetary penalties for manufacturers. The final rule was subject to multiple delays since January. “The additional time provided to the public before the rule... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, regulation, drug prices

CMS extends Medicaid home and community-based settings transition period

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday extended until March 17, 2022 the transition period for states to demonstrate compliance with new Medicaid criteria for home and community-based settings. “Medicaid programs are strongest when states have time to engage with beneficiaries and their... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicaid, regulation

Senate confirms Gottlieb as FDA commissioner

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The Senate yesterday voted 57-42 to approve President Trump’s nomination of Scott Gottlieb, M.D., as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. Gottlieb most recently was a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and venture partner at New Enterprise Associates. He previously served as... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: regulation

Panel: Hospital field needs regulatory relief

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Hospitals and health systems are drowning in a sea of rules and regulations, but the prospects for immediate relief are uncertain, according to an expert panel yesterday at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting. AHA board member Michelle Hood, president and CEO of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: regulation

Burgess outlines House health reform bill, other legislative priorities

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Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) today told hospital and health system leaders that the American Health Care Act would give states the flexibility to tailor their medical programs to their most vulnerable residents. As the bill moves to the Senate, Burgess, who is chairman of the House Energy and Commerce... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Coverage, regulation, emergency care

CMS issues Medicare IRF, SNF and hospice proposed rules for 2018

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued proposed rules for inpatient rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities and hospice providers for fiscal year 2018. In accordance with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, IRF, SNF and hospice payments will increase... read more

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Tags: Medicare, regulation

AHA urges FDA not to finalize draft guidance on blood platelets for transfusion

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The AHA today urged the Food and Drug Administration not to finalize its draft guidance on bacterial testing of blood platelets for transfusion, citing serious concerns about possible unintended consequences and the potential impact on platelet supply. “Additional time, information and resources are... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, patient safety, access, regulation

FDA restricts use of codeine and tramadol medicines in children

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The Food and Drug Administration today announced that it is restricting the use of codeine and tramadol medicines in children, as well as recommending against using them in breastfeeding mothers due to possible harm to their infants. The FDA is requiring several changes to the labels of all prescription... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, patient safety, child health, maternal health, regulation

FY 2018 inpatient PPS proposed rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on April 14 issued its hospital inpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for fiscal year 2018. The rule would increase rates by 1.6% in FY 2018 compared to FY 2017, after accounting for inflation and other adjustments required by law.

The proposed... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation, administrative simplification

CMS releases FY 2018 inpatient PPS proposed rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late today issued its hospital inpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for fiscal year 2018. The rule would increase rates by 1.6% in FY 2018 compared to FY 2017, after accounting for inflation and other adjustments required by law. The proposed rule... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation

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