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Doc, Can You Hear Me Now? Telehealth Finally Comes of Age in Texas

After many years of heated and contentious debate, and opposition by the Texas Medical Association and the executive director of the Texas Medical Board, Texas has significantly revised its telemedicine statute to permit the routine provision of telemedicine services addressing litigation brought against the Texas Medical Board and reflecting the changing consensus regarding telemedicine services. … Continue Reading

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

CBO Score of House Health Bill Set for This Week Congress’s official budget scorekeepers this week will release analysis of the House-approved bill repealing most of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and that data will inform Senate Republicans on a path for passing their version of the legislation. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the … Continue Reading

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

House approval last week of legislation repealing and replacing most of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) sets up a showdown in the Senate, where GOP leaders will confront a familiar web of political, policy and procedural obstacles that took House Republicans five months to navigate. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and key committee chairmen must reconcile … Continue Reading

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AHCA Autopsy: What Happened, What’s Next? House Speaker Paul Ryan’s decision to cancel Friday’s vote on the American Health Care Act triggered post-mortem jockeying among vying GOP factions struggling to come to grips with how the party failed to repeal a law it has singularly campaigned against for the last seven years. Republicans’ inability to … Continue Reading

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GOP leaders face pushback on new health plan Republican leaders on Capitol Hill face growing cross pressures from different factions of GOP lawmakers over their emerging legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Conservatives in the House and Senate want the legislation to speed up the phase-out of the ACA’s Medicaid expansion – as … Continue Reading

AHCA: The Republican House Leadership Proposal to Change the ACA

Late Monday afternoon, House Republican leaders released a two-bill legislative package to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Collectively called the “American Health Care Act” or “AHCA,” the two bills drafted by the Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means Committees reflect efforts by the GOP to identify provisions in the ACA that … Continue Reading

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‘Take it or leave it’ Some conservatives say it represents “Obamacare lite,” not the full repeal they have campaigned on for years. Other Republicans are mindful of policy decisions impacting Americans who have received insurance coverage on the Exchanges or the states that have expanded their Medicaid populations. House leaders have concluded it’s impossible to … Continue Reading

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At HHS, Price will lead Trump’s efforts on ACA repeal Three weeks into President Trump’s administration, the Senate on Friday narrowly approved Tom Price as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), elevating the former orthopedic surgeon as Trump’s point person on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Price … Continue Reading

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GOP leaders delay ACA action amid “repeal,” “repair” debate House Speaker Paul Ryan last week set a deadline of the end of March for repealing most of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as other Republican leaders and conservative rank-and-file lawmakers advocated competing policy alternatives for what would follow the health law. Congressional Republicans had hoped … Continue Reading

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At GOP retreat, consensus on healthcare elusive House and Senate Republicans emerged from a policy retreat last week in Philadelphia with no agreement on next steps in their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Most congressional leaders, including House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.), urged rank-and-file lawmakers to … Continue Reading

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Trump order seeks to undermine ACA President Donald Trump didn’t mention the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in his inaugural address but later that night he signed a sweeping executive order that directs federal agencies to effectively undermine the health law. The executive order doesn’t repeal the ACA, and it’s mostly symbolic – but it is … Continue Reading

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Congress sets up bill to repeal ACA The House on Friday gave final congressional approval to a budget blueprint that authorizes separate filibuster-proof legislation Republicans will use next month to repeal much of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Republican-led committees in the House and Senate now will begin drafting the so-called reconciliation legislation that will … Continue Reading

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A growing number of moderate and conservative Republicans in Congress are voicing concerns about the party’s strategy to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Act) in February but then wait months – and possibly even into 2018 – before developing a replacement plan. Republicans, including President-elect Trump, have said the party’s No. 1 priority is repealing … Continue Reading

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New Congress targets ACA repeal Republican congressional leaders overseeing the new 115th Congress will trigger a legislative process this week which will likely culminate in February with the repeal of most of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Senate will vote on a budget framework that will authorize separate legislation known as budget reconciliation. That … Continue Reading

21st Century Cures: Not Just a Biomed Bill

The 21st Century Cures Act signed into law on December 13, 2016 is gaining significant attention as landmark legislation promoting medical innovation. But the massive Cures Act goes much further and includes some relief (though not a complete cure) for certain hospitals impacted by the site-neutral payment policies of Section 603 of the Bipartisan Budget … Continue Reading

21st Century Cures: Ambitious Medical Innovation Bill Has Broad Focus

In a health policy landscape fraught with partisan rancor, congressional members from both sides of the aisle came together to pass the 21st Century Cures Act. Championed over the past three years by bill sponsor and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), the Cures Act primarily overhauls the FDA’s drug and device … Continue Reading

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House Oks “Cures,” Senate Votes This Week The Senate this week is likely to give final congressional approval to legislation that adds billions of dollars for biomedical research and aims to speed the discovery and development of new drugs and medical devices. The “21st Century Cures” legislation won House approval last week 392-26. Although several … Continue Reading

The Wait is Over: CMS Delivers Post-BBA Provider-Based Policies in Final 2017 OPPS

Now that the rule is out, work to implement the BBA changes begins in earnest. CMS commemorated the one-year anniversary of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA) with the traditional gift of paper, offering long-awaited guidance to hospitals on how the agency will implement the site-neutral payment policies of BBA Section 603 in the … Continue Reading

Trump Administration: Impact on Healthcare Policy

Republicans’ biggest issue will be what to do with the 20 million Americans who have gained coverage under the ACA. Congress reconvened this week for the first time since Donald Trump’s stunning victory, and just as his election was a political earthquake, the impact of the Trump administration and the Republican Congress on healthcare policy promises … Continue Reading

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Congress Adjourns, Eyes Election Then Lame Duck Congress completed work last week on a stopgap budget that keeps the government open until a post-election lame-duck voting session in December, when lawmakers are expected to move on legislation dealing with medical innovation, mental health reform and possibly efforts to stop CMS’s proposed Medicare Part B drug … Continue Reading

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New Bill Targets Drug Prices Bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate last week would require pharmaceutical manufacturers to alert the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) before increasing prices more than 10 percent, continuing congressional pressure on the industry over drug pricing. The bill’s authors – including Sen. John McCain, (R-AZ) – say … Continue Reading

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Upton Acknowledges ‘Cures’ Stalled House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) acknowledged publicly last week what has been widely suspected on Capitol Hill – his “21st Century Cures” medical innovation legislation will not pass Congress before the November elections. Upton had hoped to push through even a scaled-back version. But lack of consensus … Continue Reading
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