June 29

Federal Affairs Activity Report: June 29, 2015

Note: The K&A offices will be closed on Thursday July 2nd and Friday July 3rd due to the Independence Day holiday. We will resume our regular memos on Monday, July 6th, but we will be sure to inform clients as soon as possible in the event that CMS releases the CY2016 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) or Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rules this week.

Below is an overview of federal activity in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and federal agencies this week related to health care and/or other areas of interest for our clients.

House of Representatives

The House is currently in recess, and will reconvene on Tuesday, July 7.

Senate

The Senate is currently in recess, and will reconvene on Tuesday, July 7.

Federal Agencies

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
FDA will hold a meeting of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, The National Institutes on Drug Abuse, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Health Resources and Services Administration, to discuss increasing the use of naloxone to reduce the incidence of opioid drug overdose fatalities.
Date and time: Wednesday, July 1 – Thursday, July 2
Location: FDA White Oak Campus, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Building 31 Conference Center, the Great Room, Room 1503, Silver Spring, MD
The meeting agenda is available HERE.

June 22

The Federal Affairs Activity Report: June 22 – June 26, 2015

Below is an overview of federal activity in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and federal agencies this week related to health care and/or other areas of interest for our clients.

House of Representatives

The House will reconvene Tuesday, June 23 at 12:00 p.m. H.R. 1190, the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2015, is scheduled for consideration this week.

Energy and Commerce Committee
The House Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee will hold a hearing entitled “Examining the Administration’s Approval of Medicaid Demonstration Projects.”
Witnesses: TBA
Date and time: Wednesday, June 24; 10:00 a.m. EDT
Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
Additional information is available HERE.

Appropriations Committee
The Appropriations Full Committee will hold a markup of the FY2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill.
Date and time: Wednesday, June 24; 10:15 a.m. EDT
Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
Additional information is available HERE.

Ways and Means Committee
The House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “Rising Health Insurance Premiums Under Obamacare.”
Witnesses: TBA
Date and time: Wednesday, June 24, 10:00 a.m. EDT
Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
Additional information is available HERE.

Veterans Affairs Committee
The House Veteran Affairs Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee will hold a legislative hearing on H.R.2214, the “Disabled Veterans’ Access to Medical Exams Improvement Act”; H.R.1380, to amend title 38, United States Code, to expand the eligibility for a medallion furnished by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to signify the veteran status of a deceased individual; H.R.2706, the “Veterans National Remembrance Act”; H.R.2691, the “Veterans’ Survivors Claims Processing Automation Act of 2015”; H.R.303, the “Retired Pay Restoration Act”; H.R.1338, the “Dignified Interment of Our Veterans Act of 2015”; H.R.1302, the “VA Appeals Backlog Relief Act”; H.R.2605, the “Veterans Fiduciary Reform Act of 2015”; and H.R.1384, the “Honor America’s Guard-Reserve Retirees Act.”
Witnesses: TBA
Date and time: Wednesday, June 24, 2:00 p.m. EDT
Location: 334 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
Additional information is available HERE.

Energy and Commerce Committee
The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee will hold a hearing on H.R.1344, the “Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act of 2015”; H.R.1462, the “Protecting our Infants Act of 2015”; and H.R.2820, the “Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Reauthorization Act of 2015.”
Witnesses: TBA
Date and time: Thursday, June 25; 10:15 a.m. EDT
Location: 2322 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
Additional information is available HERE.

Senate

The Senate will convene on Monday, June 22 at 3:00 p.m.

Appropriations Committee
The Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee will hold a markup of the “Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016.”
Date and time: Tuesday, June 23; 3:00 p.m. EDT
Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510
Additional information is available HERE.

Veteran Affairs Committee
The Veteran Affairs full committee will hold a hearing on pending health care and benefits legislation. Legislation to be considered includes the following: S. 469, Women Veterans and Families Health Services Act of 2015; S. 901, Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015; S. 1082, Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability Act of 2015; S. 1085, Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act of 2015; S. 1117, Ensuring Veteran Safety Through Accountability Act of 2015; H.R. 91 Veteran’s I.D. Card Act; Discussion Draft, including provisions derived from S. 1021, S. 1358; S. ____, Jason Simcakoski Memorial Opioid Safety Act; S. ____, Biological Implant Tracking and Veteran Safety Act.
Witnesses: TBA
Date and time: Wednesday, June 24, 2:30 p.m. EDT
Location: 418 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
Additional information is available HERE.

Federal Agencies

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH will hold a joint meeting of the National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB) and National Cancer Institute Board of Scientific Advisors.
Date and time: Tuesday, June 23 – Wednesday, June 24
Location: Hyatt Regency Bethesda, One Bethesda Metro Center, 7400 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD
The meeting agenda is available HERE.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)
ONC will hold a meeting of the Health Information Technology Standards Committee to hear reports from its workgroups and updates from ONC and other Federal agencies.
Date and time: Wednesday, June 24, 9:30 a.m. EDT
Location: Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW, Washington, D.C. The event will be webcast at http:altarum.adobeconnect.com/HITstandards.

June 8

Federal Affairs Activity Report: June 8 – June 12, 2015

Below is an overview of federal activity in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and federal agencies this week related to health care and/or other areas of interest for our clients.

House of Representatives

The House is currently in recess, and will reconvene on Tuesday, June 9.

Ways and Means Committee
The House Ways and Means full committee will hold a hearing on “Obamacare Implementation and the Department of Health and Human Services FY16 Budget Request.”
Witnesses: Seto Bagdoyan, Director of Audit Services, Forensic Audits and Investigative Service, U.S. Government Accountability Office; and Shantanu Agrawal, Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Program Integrity, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Date and time: Wednesday, June 10; 10:00 a.m. EDT
Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
Additional information is available HERE.

Veteran Affairs Committee
The House Veterans’ Affairs Oversight and Investigations subcommittee will hold a hearing entitled “Prescription Mismanagement and the Risk of Veteran Suicide.”
Witnesses: Interim VA Undersecretary for Health Carolyn Clancy; Michael Valentino, chief consultant for the Veterans Health Administration’s Pharmacy Benefits Management Service; Harold Kudler, chief consultant for the Veterans Health Administration’s Mental Health Services; Randall Williamson, director of health care issues at the Government Accountability Office; and Chris Neiweem, legislative associate for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
Date and time: Wednesday, June 10; 10:30 a.m. EDT
Location: 334 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
Additional information is available HERE.

Energy and Commerce Committee
The House Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee will hold a hearing on H.R.1786, the “James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act,” to reauthorize the World Trade Center Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001.
Witnesses: TBA
Date and time: Thursday, June 11; 10:15 a.m. EDT
Location: 2322 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
Additional information is available HERE.

Senate

The Senate will convene on Monday, June 8 at 3:00pm.

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee
The Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions full committee will hold a hearing entitled “Health Information Exchange: A Path Towards Improving the Quality and Value of Health Care for Patients.”
Witnesses: Thomas Payne, Board Chair-Elect, American Medical Informatics Association Medical Director, IT Services, UW Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; Craig D. Richardville, Senior Vice President And Chief Information Officer, Carolinas Healthcare System, Chair, Premier Healthcare Alliance Member Technology Improvement Committee; Christine Bechtel, Advisor, National Partnership For Women & Families, Chair, Health IT Policy Committee Consumer Workgroup, President, Bechtel Health; and Neal L Patterson, Cofounder, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Cerner Corporation.
Date and time: Wednesday, June 10; 10:00 a.m. EDT
Location: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510
Additional information is available HERE.

Federal Agencies

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)
ONC will hold a meeting by teleconference of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to hear reports from its workgroups and updates from ONC and other Federal agencies.
Date and time: Tuesday, June 9, 9:30 a.m. EDT
Location: Dial-in: 877-705-6006, HIT Committee Meeting. The event will be webcast at
altarum.adobeconnect.com/HITpolicy

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH will hold a meeting of the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee.
Date and time: Tuesday, June 9 – Wednesday, June 10
Location: NIH, 45 Center Drive, Natcher Building, Conference Room E1/E2, Bethesda, MD
Additional information is available HERE.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH will hold a meeting of the National Cancer Institute Council of Research Advocates.
Date and time: Wednesday, June 10, 9:00 a.m. EDT
Location: NIH, 31 Center Drive, Building 31, C-Wing, Room 6, Bethesda, MD
Additional information is available HERE.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH will hold a meeting of the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
Date and time: Wednesday, June 10, 10:15 a.m. EDT
Location: NIH, 5635 Fishers Lane, Terrace Conference Room, Bethesda, MD
The meeting notice is available HERE.

June 1

The Federal Affairs Activity Report: June 1 – June 5, 2015

Below is an overview of federal activity in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and federal agencies this week related to health care and/or other areas of interest for our clients.

House of Representatives

The House will convene on Monday, June 1, 12:00 p.m.

Veteran Affairs Committee
The House Veteran Affairs Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will hold a hearing entitled “Circumvention of Contracts in the Provision of Non-VA Health Care.”
Witnesses: Acting Assistant Veterans Affairs Secretary for Management and Interim Chief Financial Officer in the Office of Management Gregory Giddens; Norbert Doyle, chief procurement and logistics officer at the Veterans Health Administration; Phillipa Anderson, assistant general counsel of government contracts in the Veterans Affairs Office of General Counsel; Deputy Assistant Veterans Affairs Secretary and Senior Procurement Executive Jan Frye of the Office of Acquisition and Logistics; Christopher LaBonte, Army veteran; and Randall Williamson, director of health care in the Government Accountability Office
Date and time: Monday, June 1; 4:00 p.m. EDT
Location: 334 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
Additional information is available HERE.

Ways and Means Committee
The House Ways and Means full committee will hold a markup of the following: H.R.160, the “Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2015”; H.R.1190, the “Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2015”; S.984, the “Steve Gleason Act of 2015”; S.971, the “Medicare Independence at Home Medical Practice Demonstration Improvement Act of 2015”; H.R.2580, the “LTCH Technical Correction Act of 2015”; H.R.2505, the “Medicare Advantage Coverage Transparency Act of 2015”; H.R.2506, the “Seniors’ Health Care Plan Protection Act of 2015”; H.R.2507, the “Increasing Regulatory Fairness Act of 2015”; H.R.2579, the “Securing Care for Seniors Act of 2015”; and H.R.2581, the “Preservation of Access for Seniors in Medicare Advantage Act of 2015.”
Date and time: Tuesday, June 2; 10:15 a.m. EDT
Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
Additional information is available HERE.

Energy and Commerce Committee
The House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “Medicaid Program Integrity: Screening Out Errors, Fraud, and Abuse.”
Witnesses: Seto Bagdoyan, Director of Audit Services, Forensic Audits and Investigative Service, U.S. Government Accountability Office; and Shantanu Agrawal, Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Program Integrity, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Date and time: Tuesday, June 2; 10:15 a.m. EDT
Location: 2322 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
Additional information is available HERE.

Veteran Affairs Committee
The House Veteran Affairs Health Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “Assessing VA’s Ability to Promptly Pay Non-VA Providers.”
Witnesses: TBA
Date and time: Wednesday, June 3; 10:00 a.m. EDT
Location: 334 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
Additional information is available HERE.


 

 

Senate

The Senate reconvened Sunday, May 31, at 6:00 p.m.

Finance Committee
The Senate Finance full committee will hold a markup of the “Audit and Appeal Fairness, Integrity, and Reforms in Medicare Act of 2015.”
Date and time: Wednesday, June 3; 10:00 a.m. EDT
Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510
Additional information is available HERE.


 

Joint

Joint Economic Committee
The Senate Joint Economic full committee will hold a hearing entitled “Examining the Employment Effects of the Affordable Care Act.”
Witnesses: Casey Mulligan, professor in economics at the University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.; Joseph Sergio, president of the Sergio Corporation, South Bend, Ind.; and Barbara Carroll, associate vice chancellor for human resources at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C
Date and time: Wednesday, June 3; 2:30 p.m. EDT
Location: 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510
Additional information is available HERE.


 

Federal Agencies

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
FDA will hold a meeting with the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering titled “2015 ISPE/FDA/PQRI Quality Manufacturing Conference,” to discuss the quality of global pharmaceutical manufacturing and the combined efforts of industry leaders and regulators to modernize manufacturing facilities and processes to ensure quality and compliance.
Date and time: Monday, June 1 – Wednesday, June 3
Location: The Mayflower Renaissance, 1127 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Additional information is available HERE.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
HRSA will hold a meeting by teleconference of the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines.
Date and time: Thursday, June 4, 10:00 a.m. EDT
Location: The meeting will be conducted by webinar. Dial-in: 1-877-917-4913; Passcode: ACCV
Additional information is available HERE.


 

Other

The Health Data Consortium
The Health Data Consortium holds the Health Datapalooza 2015 conference.
Date and time: Monday, June 1 – Wednesday, June 3
Location: Marriott Wardman Park, 2600 Woodley Road NW, Washington, DC
Additional information is available HERE.

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