POLICY BRIEFINGS


HHS Recommendations on Newborn Screening


HHS said the agency has adopted the recommendations of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children (SACHDNC) that critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) be included on the Recommended Uniform Screening Panel (RUSP) which informs states of the congenital conditions that should be included in state newborn screening programs.


NIH Announces Director's Pioneer Awards


NIH Director Francis Collins announced $143.8 million in grants for 79 new research programs known as the NIH Director’s Pioneer awards, New Innovator awards and Transformative Research Projects awards.  Grantees must show that such projects are “highly innovative approaches that have the potential to produce an unusually high impact on a broad area of biomedical or behavioral research….with ideas substantially different from those already being pursued in the investigator’s laboratory or elsewhere.”


Grants for PPACA Rate Reviews


HHS announced that it has granted awards of $109 million to 28 states and the District of Columbia to introduce legislation to strengthen rate review authority, expand the scope of rate reviews, require insurers to provide additional information on administrative costs and enhance websites for consumers.  HHS also said that earlier grants have helped moderate premium increases.


House Hearing on National Drug Shortages


At a House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing, Chairman Joe Pitts said that the number of drug shortages reported to the FDA increased from 61 in 2005 to 178 in 2010, 132 of which involved sterile injectable drugs.  The HHS witness said that the crisis, involving shortages of cancer, anti-infection and anesthesia drugs that occur without warning when patients are in desperate need of the medications, would not be solved anytime soon because of the complex reasons the shortages exist.


Recently Introduced Health Legislation


S. 1584 (DRUGS), to provide for additional quality control of drugs; BENNET; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Sept. 20.

H.R. 2969 (MEDICARE), to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for extended months of Medicare coverage of immunosuppressive drugs for kidney transplant patients and other renal dialysis provisions; BURGESS; jointly, to the committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means, Sept. 20.

H. RES. 403 (BACTERIAL MENINGITIS), honoring those persons whose lives have been taken by bacterial meningitis and those who continue to struggle with bacterial meningitis and its consequences, and supporting all work for the eradication of bacterial meningitis in the United States; BRADY of Texas; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Sept. 20.

H. RES. 407 (DISEASE AWARENESS), expressing support for designation of September 2011 as National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month; BURTON of Indiana; to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Sept. 20.

S. 1587 (MEDICAID), to enable states to opt out of the Medicaid expansion-related provisions of the PPPACA; GRAHAM; to the Committee on Finance, Sept. 21.

H.R. 3000 (HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE), to provide for incentives to encourage health insurance coverage, and for other purposes; PRICE of Georgia; jointly, to the committees on Energy and Commerce, Education and the Workforce, Ways and Means, the Judiciary, Natural Resources, Rules, House Administration, Appropriations, Oversight and Government Reform, and the Budget, Sept. 21.

S. 1599 (APPROPRIATIONS), making appropriations for Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2012, and for other purposes; HARKIN; from the Committee on Appropriations; placed on the calendar, Sept. 22.

S. 1609 (HEALTH DEMONSTRATION PROGRAMS), to require the secretary of health and human services to establish a demonstration program to award grants to, and enter into contracts with, medical-legal partnerships to assist patients and their families to navigate health-related programs and activities; HARKIN; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Sept. 22.

S. 1613 (CHILDREN’S HEALTH), to improve and enhance research and programs on childhood cancer survivorship, and for other purposes; REED; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Sept. 22.

H.R. 3010 (REGULATORY PROCESS), to reform the process by which federal agencies analyze and formulate new regulations and guidance documents; SMITH of Texas; to the Committee on the Judiciary, Sept. 22.

H.R. 3015 (CHILDREN’S HEALTH), to improve and enhance research and programs on childhood cancer survivorship, and for other purposes; SPEIER; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Sept. 22.

H.R. 3026 (DRUG SAFETY), to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to improve the safety of drugs; MATHESON; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Sept. 22.

H.R. 3032 (MEDICARE), to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for payment for services of qualified radiologist assistants under Medicare; REICHERT; jointly, to the committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means, Sept. 22.



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