The Medliminal Washington Report 5.22.1018

May 22, 2018

Following the president’s public release of the 44-page blueprint outlining the administration’s strategy and priorities, senior administration officials have been busy implementing initial steps. The Secretary of Health & Human Services outlined regulatory steps that he could take without congressional action such as changing drug rebates or changes to Medicare reimbursement. The Food and Drug

The Medliminal Washington Report 5.16.1018

May 16, 2018

The president finally delivered his much-anticipated address on prescription drug prices, and released a 44-page blueprint outlining the administration’s strategy and priorities. While the speech was criticized by some for not offering proposals targeting drug makers or health plans, the blueprint envisions future regulatory actions, so this will be an ongoing issue to monitor in

The Medliminal Washington Report 5.7.1018

May 7, 2018

Both house of Congress return from their weeklong recess, and has been the case for the last month, the nation’s opioid epidemic will be front and center. Three House subcommittees will hold hearings focused on different aspects of the crisis and the full House Energy and Commerce Committee has scheduled mark ups for the 50+

CMS price transparency NPR

May 2, 2018

On April 24, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released an 1883-page proposed rule that, in addition to many other policy goals, seeks to increase price transparency and make electronic health records more interoperable. Specifically, the proposed rule – the FY 2019 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System and Long Term Acute

The Medliminal Washington Report 5.1.1018

May 1, 2018

The House and Senate spent their final week in Washington before recessing until May 7 working on competing versions of legislation to address the opioid epidemic. A Senate committee unanimously passed a wide-ranging bill, while a House committee passed 57. Both chambers are hoping to have a bill passed and to the president’s desk sometime

The Medliminal Washington Report 4.24.1018

April 24, 2018

The health care policy focus in Washington this week will again center on House and Senate efforts to confront the opioid epidemic. Both committees of jurisdiction in the House and Senate are moving on opioid legislation, with an unofficial timetable of Memorial Day to have a bill passed out each chamber and to the president’s

The Medliminal Washington Report 4.16.1018

April 16, 2018

The U.S. House and Senate returned from the Easter recess on April 9 with the focus expected to be on the nation’s opioid epidemic. While there were a number of committee hearings on both sides of Capitol Hill, any legislative news of the week was surpassed by the announcement by House Speaker Paul Ryan that

The Medliminal Washington Report 4.11.1018

April 10, 2018

The U.S. House and Senate return from their two-week recess on April 9 with its eyes set on addressing the opioid epidemic. We expect to see some form of bipartisan legislation considered before Memorial Day. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently released the final exchange enrollment figures for 2018, which showed a minor 

The Medliminal Washington Report 4.2.18

April 2, 2018

The U.S. House and Senate remain on Easter recess, but return to Washington on April 9. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services boosted Medicare Advantage payments and the Secretary of Health and Human Services named a new advisor for drug price reforms. Also, health care consolidation looks continue with Walmart reportedly considering an acquisition

The Medliminal Washington Report 3.26.18

March 26, 2018

Congress passed the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill, avoiding the third government shutdown since January or a sixth stopgap spending bill in the fiscal year that started on October 1, before leaving Washington for a two week congressional recess. Meanwhile, the Trump Administration released a report suggesting that insurers have profited from the Affordable Care

The Medliminal Washington Report 3.19.18

March 19, 2018

Congress begins this week with only five days to finalize a $1.3 trillion spending bill, or risk the third government shutdown since January or a sixth stopgap spending bill in this fiscal year alone. Standing in the way is a number of contentious issues, most notably health insurance market stabilization. Looming over the budget debates

The Medliminal Washington Report 3.12.18

March 12, 2018

This week, Congress returns to Washington with 11 days to finalize a government spending bill. Standing in the way are a number of contentious health care issues, most notably insurance market stabilization. Meanwhile, the administration weighed in on Idaho’s plan to skirt some of ACA requirements, and announced plans to overhaul electronic health record incentives.

The Medliminal Washington Report 3.5.18

March 5, 2018

Congress reconvened last week after the President’s Day recess, and the House and Senate began a series of hearings focusing on bipartisan efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. Meanwhile, a coalition of six senators launched a price transparency initiative and the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing to consider the impacts of the proposed CVS-Aetna

The Medliminal Washington Report 2.23.18

February 23, 2018

On Tuesday, the U.S Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor and Treasury released a proposed rule that would expand the availability of short-term health insurance by allowing the purchase of plans providing coverage for up to 12 months. This follows an executive order President Trump signed in October, which instructed federal agencies to

White House Releases FY 2019 Federal Budget with Significant Health Care Proposals

Feburary 12, 2018

On February 12, President Trump proposed a $4.4 trillion federal budget for Fiscal Year 2019, a plan Congress is expected to all but ignore, that would slash entitlement and domestic spending in favor of higher spending on the military and immigration enforcement. The budget includes a 13 percent increase ($80 billion) for the Department of