POLICY BRIEFINGS


Upcoming Congressional Meetings and Hearings


POSTPONED: House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing “Strengthening our National Trauma System

Senate Finance Committee hearing on Medicare Part B Demo; 10:00 a.m., 215 Dirksen Bldg.; June 28. The only witness will be Dr. Patrick Conway, Acting Principal Deputy Administrator, Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality, and Chief Medical Officer, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging hearing titled “Small Business Health Care: Costs and Options;” 2:00 p.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg.; June 28

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Roundtable “Preparing for and Protecting the Nation from Zika;” 10:00 a.m., 342 Dirksen Bldg.; June 29

Senate Veterans’ Affairs hearing to examine several bills including: S.2210, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a program to establish peer specialists in patient aligned care teams at medical centers of the Department of Veterans Affairs, S.2279, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a program to increase efficiency in the recruitment and hiring by the Department of Veterans Affairs of health care workers that are undergoing separation from the Armed Forces, to create uniform credentialing standards for certain health care professionals of the Department, S.3035, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to increase the use of medical scribes to maximize the efficiency of physicians at medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs, an original bill to authorize payment by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the costs associated with service by medical residents and interns at facilities operated by Indian tribes and tribal organizations, and to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to expand medical residencies and internships at such facilities; 2:30 p.m., 418 Russell Bldg.; June 29

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management hearing “to examine the use of agency regulatory guidance;” 9:00 a.m., 342 Dirksen Bldg.; June 30

Senate Appropriations Committee Business meeting to markup an original bill entitled, “State, Foreign Operations, and Related Porgrams Appropriations Act, 2017;” 10:30 a.m., 106 Dirksen Bldg.; June 30

Senate Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing to examine a review of the Dept. of Veterans Affairs’ electronic health record (VistA), progress toward interoperability with the Department of Defense’s electronic health record, and plans for the future; 10:30 a.m., 124 Dirksen Bldg.; July 13


Recently Introduced Health Legislation


H.R. 5542 (introduced by Rep. DeGette): A bill to amend titles XI and XIX of the Social Security Act to establish a comprehensive and nationwide system to evaluate the quality of care provided to beneficiaries of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program and to provide incentives for voluntary quality improvement; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce; June 21

H.R. 5543 (introduced by Rep. Lawrence): A bill to prioritize educating and training for existing and new environmental health professionals; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned; June 21

H.R. 5547 (introduced by Rep. Burgess): A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide for increased price transparency of hospital information and to provide for additional research on consumer information on charges and out-of-pocket costs; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce; June 21



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