March 18

Federal Affairs Activity Report: March 18 – March 22 2013

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House of Representatives

The House will reconvene at 2:00 p.m. on Monday. Roll call votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. 

Energy and Commerce Committee:
Health Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled “Saving Seniors and Our Most Vulnerable Citizens from an Entitlement Crisis.”
Date and Time: Monday, March 18; 4:00 p.m. EDT
Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses: Mr. James C. Capretta, Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center; Mr. Joshua Archambault, Director of Health Care Policy and Program Manager for the Middle Cities Initiative, Pioneer Institute; Judy Feder, Ph.D., Professor of Public Policy, Georgetown Public Policy Institute

Communications and Technology Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled “Health Information Technologies: Harnessing Wireless Innovation.”
Date and Time: Tuesday, March 19; 10:30 a.m. EDT
Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses: Ben Chodor, CEO, Happtique; Dr. George Ford, Chief Economist, Phoenix Center for Advance Legal and Economic Public Policy Studies; Robert Jarrin, Senior Director, Government Affairs, Qualcomm; Jonathan Spalter, Chairman, Mobile Future; Bradley Merrill Thompson, mHealth Regulatory Coalition; Dr. Teo Forcht Dagi, M.D., Partner, HLM Venture Partners

Health Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled “Health Information Technologies: How Innovation Benefits Patients.”
Date and Time: Wednesday, March 20; 10:00 a.m. EDT
Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses: Joseph M. Smith, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical and Chief Science Officer, West Health Institute; Jacqueline Mitus, M.D., Senior Vice President, Clinical Development and Strategy, McKesson Health Solutions; Mr. Jim Bialick, Executive Director, Newborn Coalition; Ms. Christine Bechtel, Vice President, National Partnership for Women and Families; David Classen, M.D.,Chief Medical Information Officer, Pascal Metrics, Associate Professor of Medicine and Consultant in Infectious Diseases, University of Utah School of Medicine

Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled “Health Information Technologies: American Perspectives on Innovation and Regulation.”
Date and Time: Thursday, March 21; 9:00 a.m. EDT
Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses: TBA

Senate

The Senate will reconvene at 2:00 p.m. on Monday.

Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP Committee)
The full Committee will hold a markup of the following bills:
S. ______,        Animal Drug and Animal Generic Drug User Fee Reauthorization Act of 2013
S.330                HIV Organ Policy Equity Act
Date and Time: Wednesday, March 20; 10:00 a.m. EDT
Location: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Finance Committee:
The full Committee will hold a hearing titled “Reforming the Delivery System: The Center on Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.”
Date and Time: Wednesday, March 20; 10:00 a.m. EDT
Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Witness: Richard J. Gilfillan, M.D., Director, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation

Federal Agencies

There are no life sciences-related federal agency meetings this week. 

March 4

Federal Affairs Activity Report: March 11 – March 15, 2013

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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 at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday.

Veterans’ Affairs Committee:
Health Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled ” Meeting Patient Care Needs: Measuring the Value of VA Physician Staffing Standards.”
Date and Time: Wednesday, March 23; 10:00 a.m. EDT
Location: 340 Cannon House Office Building
Witnesses: TBA

Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled “Waiting for Patient Care: Examining Patient Wait Times at VA.”
Date and Time: Thursday, March 14; 1:30 p.m. EDT
Location: 334 Cannon House Office Building
Witnesses: William Schoenhard, FACHE, Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Operations and Management Veterans Health Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA); Thomas Lynch, M.D., Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health Clinical Operations and Management Veterans Health Administration, VA; Philip Matkovsky, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Administrative Operations Veterans Health Administration, VA; Michael Davies, M.D., National Director of Systems Redesign Veterans Health Administration, VA;  Debra A. Draper, Director, Health Care Government Accountability Office (GAO); Roscoe Butler, National Field Service Representative Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Commission, The American Legion

Energy and Commerce Committee:
Health Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled “Obamacare’s Impact on Jobs.”
Date and Time: Wednesday, March 13; 10:15 a.m. EDT
Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses: TBA

Health Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled “Unaffordable: Impact of Obamacare on Americans’ Health Insurance Premiums.”
Date and Time: Friday, March 15; 9:00 a.m. EDT
Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses: Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Former Director, Congressional Budget Office; Christopher Carlson, Actuarial Principal, Oliver Wyman; Wendell Potter, Senior Analyst, The Center for Public Integrity

Ways and Means Committee:
Health Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC) Annual Report to the Congress.
Date and Time: Friday, March 15; 9:30 a.m. EDT
Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building
Witnesses: Glenn Hackbarth, J.D., Chairman, MedPAC.

Senate

 

The Senate will reconvene at 2:00 p.m. on Monday.

There are no-health related floor votes or hearings scheduled in the Senate this week.

Federal Agencies

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS):
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) (F.R. Page 13346) will hold a meeting by teleconference and webinar of the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment for 2013, to advise the HHS Secretary and the CMS Administrator on the clinical integrity of the APC groups and their associated weights, and hospital outpatient therapeutic supervision issues.
Date and Time:  Monday, March 11; 1:00 p.m. EDT
Location: Meeting to be held via webinar. Registration for participation in the meeting is now closed. Webinar and dial-in information is available HERE.

 

February 25

Federal Affairs Activity Report: February 25 – March 1, 2013

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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 at 2 p.m. on Monday. 

Energy and Commerce Committee:
Health Subcommittee of House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing titled “Fostering Innovation to Fight Waste, Fraud and Abuse in Health Care.”
Date and Time: Wednesday, Feb. 27; 10:15 a.m. EDT
Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses: TBA

Ways and Means Committee:
Health Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the current benefit design of the Medicare fee-for-service program and consider ideas to update and revise the benefit structure to better meet the needs of current and future beneficiaries.
Date and Time: Tuesday, Feb. 26; 10:20 a.m. EDT
Location: Longworth House Office Building
Witnesses: TBA

Veterans’ Affairs Committee:
House Veterans’ Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Electronic Health Record U-Turn: Are VA [Department of Veterans Affairs] and DoD [Department of Defense] Headed in the Wrong Direction?”
Date and Time: Wednesday, Feb. 27; 9:15 a.m. EDT
Location: 334 Cannon House Office Building
Witnesses: TBA

Senate

The Senate will reconvene at 2 p.m. on Monday.

Budget Committee:
Senate Budget Committee will hold a hearing titled “The Impact of Federal Investments on People, Communities, and Long-Term Economic Growth.”
Date and Time: Wednesday, Feb. 27; 10:30 a.m. EDT
Location: 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Witnesses:Tony Carnevale, director and research professor, Georgetown University Center on Education and Workforce; Hunter Rawlings, president, Association of American Universities; David Malpass, president, Encima Global LLC; Polly Trottenberg, undersecretary for Transportation for policy;Steve Ferguson, board chairman, Cook Group

Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee:
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing titled “The Power of Transparency: Giving Consumers the Information They Need to Make Smart Choices in the Health Insurance Market.”
Date and Time: Wednesday, Feb. 27; 2:30 p.m. EDT
Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building
Witnesses: TBA

Finance Committee:
Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on the budget and economic outlook for fiscal years 2013 to 2023.
Date and Time: Tuesday, Feb. 26; 10:00 a.m. EDT
Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Witnesses: Robert Greenstein, president, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president, The American Action Forum; Douglas Elmendorf, director, Congressional Budget Office

Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing titled “Delivery System Reform: Progress Report from CMS [Center of Medicare],” focusing on how new programs in the Affordable Care Act are modernizing Medicare and Medicaid to boost program efficiency.
Date and Time: Thursday, Feb. 28; 10:30 a.m. EDT
Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Witnesses: Jonathan Blum, director, Center of Medicare, and acting principal deputy administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Special Aging Committee:
Senate Special Aging Committee will hold a hearing titled “Strengthening Medicare for Today and the Future.”
Date and Time: Wednesday, Feb.27; 3:00 p.m. EDT
Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Witnesses: Juliette Cubanski, associate director, Medicare Policy Project, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation; David Goodman, director, Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and co-principal investigator, Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care; Kenneth Thorpe, executive director, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease; David Blumenthal, president, The Commonwealth Fund

Federal Agencies

There are no life sciences-related federal agency meetings this week.

February 19

Federal Affairs Activity Report: February 19 – February 22, 2013

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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 not in session.

 Senate

The Senate is not in session.

 Federal Agencies

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (HIT):

Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology (F.R. Page 65690) holds a meeting by teleconference of the HIT Standards Committee to hear reports from its workgroups and updates from ONC and other Federal agencies.

Date and Time: Wednesday, Feb. 20; 9:00 a.m. EDT

Location: Commissioners’ Conference Room, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Md.

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