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Federal Affairs Activity Report: July 20 – July 24, 2015

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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 Tuesday, July 21 at 12:00 p.m. No healthcare related votes are expected in the House this week.

Ways and Means Committee
The House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee will hold a hearing with the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) on hospital payment issues, rural health issues, and beneficiary access to care.
Witnesses: TBA
Date and time: Wednesday, July 22; 10:00 a.m. EDT
Location: B-318 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
Additional information is available HERE.

Veteran Affairs Committee
The House Veterans’ Affairs full committee will hold a hearing entitled “Pending VA Health Care Budget Shortfall and System Shutdown.”
Witnesses: Robert McDonald, VA Secretary
Date and time: Wednesday, July 22; 10:00 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 Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will hold a hearing entitled “An Overdue Checkup: Examining the Affordable Care Act’s State Insurance Marketplaces.”
Witnesses: TBA
Date and time: Friday, July 24; 9:15 a.m. EDT
Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
Additional information is available HERE.


 

Senate

The Senate will convene Monday, July 20. No healthcare related votes are expected in the Senate this week.

Finance Committee
The Senate Finance full committee will hold a hearing on a bill to extend certain expired tax provisions (aka “tax extenders”).
Witnesses: TBA
Date and time: Tuesday, July 21; 11:00 a.m. EDT
Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510
Additional information is available HERE.

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee
The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions full committee will hold a hearing entitled “Achieving the Promise of Health Information Technology: Information Blocking and Potential Solutions.”
Witnesses: David Kendrick, chair of the Department of Medical Informatics at the University of Oklahoma and CEO of MyHealth Access Network in Tulsa, Okla.; David Kibbe, president and CEO of DirectTrust and senior advisor to the American Academy of Family Physicians; Michael Mirro, past chair of the Medical Informatics Committee in the American College of Cardiology and chief academic/research officer with Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation in Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Paul Black, president and CEO and director of Allscripts in Chicago, Ill
Date and time: Thursday, July 23; 10:00 a.m. EDT
Location: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510
Additional information is available HERE.


 

Special

Aging Committee
The Senate Aging full committee will hold a hearing entitled “The Doctor’s Not In: Combating Medicare Provider Enrollment Fraud.”
Witnesses: TBA
Date and time: Wednesday, July 22; 2:15 a.m. EDT
Location: 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510
Additional information is available HERE.


 

Federal Agencies

Health and Human Services Department (HHS); Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (F.R. Page 42497) – Meeting
Health and Human Services Department (HHS); Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (F.R. Page 42497) will hold a meeting of the Special Emphasis Panel (SEP) on “Patient Safety Learning Laboratories: Innovative Design and Development to Improve Healthcare Delivery Systems.”
Date and Time: Tuesday, July 21 at 9:00 AM
Location: Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center, 9751 Washingtonian Boulevard, Gaithersburg, Md.
More information is available HERE.

Health and Human Services Department (HHS); Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (F.R. Page 35655) – Meeting
Health and Human Services Department (HHS); Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (F.R. Page 35655) to hold a meeting of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections. SACHRP was established to provide expert advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services through the Assistant Secretary for Health on issues and topics pertaining to or associated with the protection of human research subjects.
Date and Time: Tuesday, July 21 – Wednesday, July 22 at 8:30 am
Location: Fishers Lane Conference Center, 5635 Fishers Lane, Terrace Level, Rockville, Md.
More information is available HERE.

Health and Human Services Department (HHS); Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) (F.R. Page 23007) – Meeting
Health and Human Services Department (HHS); Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) (F.R. Page 23007) will hold a meeting of the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) focusing on lower extremity peripheral artery disease.
Date and Time: Wednesday, July 22 at 7:30 am
Location: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Main Auditorium, Baltimore, Md.
More information is available HERE.

Health and Human Services Department (HHS); Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) (F.R. Page 35650) – Meeting
Health and Human Services Department (HHS); Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) (F.R. Page 35650) holds a meeting of the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education on enhancing the effectiveness of consumer education strategies concerning the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Date and Time: Wednesday, July 22 at 8:30 am
Location: HHS, 200 Independence Avenue SW, Room 738 G, Conference Room, Washington, D.C.
More information is available HERE.

Health and Human Services Department (HHS); Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (F.R. Page 38207) – Meeting
Health and Human Services Department (HHS); Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (F.R. Page 38207) holds a meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality. Topics to be discussed include an update on current research, programs, and initiatives, an update on the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report and a discussion on cost and quality transparency
Date and Time: Friday, July 24 at 8:30 am
Location: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 540 Gaither Road, Eisenberg Conference Center, Rockville, Md.
The agenda and supplemental information is available HERE.