HRSA Restores MD Public Use Database

The Health Resources and Services Administration announced the restoration of public access to the “public use file” of an online database that tracks physician malpractice and disciplinary cases.  The agency said that anyone who uses the database must promise to not combine the information with publicly available records, such as court files, to identify physicians. Senator Charles Grassley had criticized HHS for previously removing certain information from the database.

CMS Asks for Comments on CED Policy

CMS announced that it is seeking public comment on improving its “coverage with evidence” (CED) policy which allows for coverage of items and services while gathering data to support the “reasonable and necessary” determination required under Medicare.  CMS said it will weigh public input on CED with internal lessons learned to develop a guidance document that better aligns CED with the rapidly evolving changes in the healthcare system.

Recently Introduced Health Legislation

H.R. 3364 (MEDICAID), to amend Title XIX of the Social Security Act to cover physician services delivered by podiatric physicians to ensure access by Medicaid beneficiaries to appropriate quality foot and ankle care; TERRY; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Nov. 4.

H.R. 3369 (VETERANS’ HEALTH), to direct the secretary of veterans affairs to carry out a pilot program on the provision of traumatic brain injury care in rural areas; CAPITO; to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Nov. 4.

H.R. 3381 (HEPATITIS), to amend the Public Health Service Act to revise and extend the program for viral hepatitis surveillance, education, and testing in order to prevent deaths from liver cancer, and for other purposes; CASSIDY; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Nov. 4.

H.R. 3386 (MEDICAL RESEARCH), to encourage the use of medical checklists through research, and for other purposes; HOLT; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Nov. 4.

H.R. 3392 (REGULATORY REVIEW), to amend Title 5, United States Code, to provide for periodic review of major rules, and for other purposes; QUAYLE; to the Committee on the Judiciary, Nov. 4.

S. 1814 (PUBLIC HEALTH), to amend Title XXVIII of the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize certain provisions relating to public health preparedness; GILLIBRAND; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Nov. 7.

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