POLICY BRIEFINGS


GAO Report on ACO Quality of Care Released


There is no evidence that beneficiary care has been compromised in Pioneer ACOs, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The 23 ACOs that participated in the Pioneer Model in 2012 and 2013 improved their quality scores during their second year, and scored highly for measures in each of the quality domains. “Based on its monitoring efforts, CMS has no substantiated evidence suggesting that beneficiary care has been compromised, as of February 2015,” the report noted.


Upcoming Congressional Meetings and Hearings


House Veterans’ Affairs Oversight and Investigations (O&I) Subcommittee: hearing titled “Circumvention of Contracts in the Provision of Non-VA Healthcare;” 4:00 p.m., 334 Cannon Bldg.; June 1

House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee: hearing titled “Medicaid Program Integrity: Screening Out Errors, Fraud, and Abuse;” 10:15 a.m., 2322 Rayburn Bldg.; June 2

House Ways and Means Committee: markup of H.R. 160, “Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2015;” H.R. 1190, “Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2015;” S. 984, “Steve Gleason Act of 2015;” S. 971, “Medicare Independence at Home Medical Practice Demonstration Improvement Act of 2015;” H.R. 2580, “LTCH Technical Correction Act of 2015;” H.R. 2505, “Medicare Advantage Coverage Transparency Act of 2015;” H.R. 2506, “Seniors’ Health Care Plan Protection Act of 2015;” H.R. 2507, “Increasing Regulatory Fairness Act of 2015;” H.R. 2579, “Securing Care for Seniors Act of 2015;” and H.R. 2581, “Preservation of Access for Seniors in Medicare Advantage Act of 2015;” 10:15 a.m., 1100 Longworth Bldg.; June 2

House Energy and Commerce Committee: markup of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Modernization Act (opening statements only on Tuesday, the Committee will reconvene on Wednesday morning to consider the bill); 5:00 p.m. on June 2 and 10:00 a.m. on June 3, 2123 Rayburn Bldg.

House Veterans’ Affairs Health Subcommittee: hearing titled “Assessing VA’s [Veterans Affairs] Ability to Promptly Pay Non-VA Providers;” 10:00 a.m., 334 Cannon Bldg.; June 3

House Budget Committee: hearing titled “The Congressional Budget Office: Oversight;” 10:00 a.m., 210 Cannon Bldg.; June 3. Witness will be Keith Hall, Director, CBO

House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee: hearing titled “Examining H.R. 2017, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2015;” 10:00 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Bldg.; June 4


Health Legislation Recently Introduced


H.R. 2576 (TSCA), to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act, and for other purposes; SHIMKUS; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce; May 26

H.R. 2579 (MA), to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve the risk adjustment under the Medicare Advantage program, and for other purposes; BLACK; jointly, to the committees on Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce; May 29

H.R. 2580 (LTCH), to provide for a technical change to the Medicare long-term care hospital moratorium exception, and for other purposes; BOUSTANY; to the Committee on Ways and Means; May 29

H.R. 2581 (MA), to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish a 3-year demonstration program to test the use of value-based insurance design methodologies under eligible Medicare Advantage plans, to preserve Medicare beneficiary choice under Medicare Advantage, to revise the treatment under the Medicare program of infusion drugs furnished through durable medical equipment, and for other purposes; BRADY; jointly, to the committees on Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce; May 29

H.R. 2582 (MA), to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve the risk adjustment under the Medicare Advantage program, to delay the authority to terminate Medicare Advantage contracts for MA plans failing to achieve minimum quality ratings, and for other purposes; BUCHANAN; jointly, to the committees on Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce; May 29



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