Objections to CMS MD Payments Sunshine Rule

Several House members, including Reps. Andrews (D-NJ), Burgess (R-TX), Schwartz (D-PA) and Gingrey (R-GA), sent a letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner asking for a meeting to air their objections to the agency’s final regulations issued under the PPACA’s Physician Payments Sunshine Act. They said that the ruling could harm quality of care by inadvertently preventing the timely distribution of scientifically reviewed medical information to clinicians and patients.

Upcoming Health-Related Hearings and Markups

House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the challenges of the ACA on the health care system and explore ways to mitigate the adverse impacts of the law on the American people; 10:00 a.m., 1100 Longworth House Office Building; December 4

Senate Finance Committee: markup to consider legislation to repeal the sustainable growth rate system (SGR) and to consider health care extenders; 10:00 a.m., 215 Dirksen Bldg.; December 12

Health Legislation Recently Introduced

H.R. 3621 (INSURANCE COVERAGE), to provide for access to health insurance coverage of life-sustaining treatments furnished by certain providers; DUFFY; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Nov. 22.

H.R. 3622 (REFORM), to repeal the Affordable Care Act and provide for comprehensive health reform, and for other purposes; DUFFY; jointly, to the committees on Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce, the Judiciary, Natural Resources, House Administration, Rules and Appropriations, Nov. 22.

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