Health Care Policy Update – Weekly Wrap-Up and What’s Ahead – June 19, 2017

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What’s Ahead: This Week Hearings/Markups – Tuesday, June 20 Senate Appropriations Committee, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration­­­, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, “Hearing to Review the FY2018 Budget Request for the Food and Drug Administration. Wednesday, June 21 Senate Appropriations Committee, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee, “Hearing to Review the FY2018 and FY2019 Budget… Read more »

Health Care Policy Update – May 22, 2017

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 What’s Ahead: This Week Hearings/Markups – Wednesday, May 24 Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, “Markup: Pending Legislation.” Hearing to discuss the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 (S. 1094). House Energy & Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations, “U.S. Public Health Response to the Zika Virus: Continuing Challenges.” House Budget Committee,… Read more »

Telehealth: An Important Tool in Achieving the Goals of the ACO Program and Why Restrictions Should Be Lifted in Final ACO Rule

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In the recently released proposed rule related to the accountable care organization (ACO) program1 (or Medicare Shared Savings Program, as it is formally known), the CMS contemplated allowing ACOs to utilize and be reimbursed for an important tool in better coordinating care, engaging patients, delivering services efficiently, and reducing costs: telehealth. Congress adopted the ACO… Read more »