POLICY BRIEFINGS


NIH Picks New Head of Clinical Research


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced last week that Major General James Gilman will serve as the next head of the NIH Clinical Center, the agency’s main hospital for clinical research and the nation’s largest clinical research hospital. The facility was criticized earlier this year following a report that it prioritized research above patient safety. Gilman is a cardiologist who served in the U.S. Army, and most recently worked as commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command in Fort Detrick, Maryland. He will start his post at NIH in early 2017. The Clinical Center sees approximately 100,000 outpatient visits every year.


Trump Administration Staff Announcements


While neither nomination has been officially announced by the incoming administration, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) is expected to be named as President-elect Trump’s pick for Secretary of the Interior, and Rex Tillerson as his choice for Secretary of State. McMorris Rodgers has served in the House of Representatives since  2005. She is the highest-ranking Republican woman in Congress, and is Chairman of the House Republican Conference. She currently sits on the Committee on Energy and Commerce. Rex Tillerson is the chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corporation. He joined the company in 1975 as a production engineer. Please see our updated list of Trump Administration announcements and their bios attached to the newsletter.


Recently Introduced Health Legislation


H.Res.941 (introduced by Rep. Tony Cardenas): Expressing support for the designation of February 22, 2017, as “National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day”, coinciding with American Heart Month; Energy and Commerce.

H.R.6443 (introduced by Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham): To amend the Internal Revenue Code to impose an excise tax on opioid manufacturers, to make the funds collected through such tax available for opioid (including heroin) abuse prevention and treatment programs, and for other purposes; Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, Budget.

H.R.6443 (introduced by Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham): To amend the Internal Revenue Code to impose an excise tax on opioid manufacturers, to make the funds collected through such tax available for opioid (including heroin) abuse prevention and treatment programs, and for other purposes; Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, Budget.

H.R.6501 (introduced by Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro): To establish within the Food and Drug Administration the Prescription Drug and Medical Device Price Review Board to regulate the prices of certain prescription drugs and medical devices, and for other purposes; Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Judiciary.

H.R.6512 (introduced by Rep. Derek Kilmer): To authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to make loans and loan guarantees for constructing or renovating, or planning construction or renovation of, qualified psychiatric and substance abuse treatment facilities, and for other purposes; Energy and Commerce.

H.R.6513 (introduced by Rep. Steve King): To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand health savings accounts, and for other purposes; Ways and Means.

H.R.6514 (introduced by Rep. Lance Leonard): To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to redirect user fees assessed of health insurance issuers on Federal Exchanges, and for other purposes; Energy and Commerce.

H.R.6515 (introduced by Rep. Markwayne Mullin): To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to clarify the application of the rule for counting resident time in nonprovider settings; Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce.



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