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Today the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an estimate of the effects that enacting the Senate Republicans’ healthcare bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) of 2017, would have. The CBO estimates that enacting the BCRA would result in a reduction to the cumulative federal deficit by $321 billion over the next decade, […]
Following an announcement last week from Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commission Scott Gottlieb about pending agency action on generic drug competition, a draft of an alleged White House executive order about drug pricing has leaked. However, a White House spokesperson has said that the leaked draft is a fake.
The leaked draft order […]
This morning, the Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Scott Gottlieb, M.D., posted a blog outlining the FDA’s work to lift what the agency perceives as barriers to generic drug competition. Dr. Gottlieb announced that the FDA is working on a Drug Competition Action Plan and will hold a public […]
The Proposal Includes Glances at Virtual Groups, 2014 CEHRT Flexibility, and an Increase to the Low Volume Threshold
On June 20, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed Calendar Year 2018 Updates to the Quality Payment Program. This proposed rule implements the second year of the new Quality Payment Program […]
On June 13, 2017, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing to discuss the cost of prescription drugs, in particular how the drug delivery system affects what patients pay. The hearing was held after a request from a bipartisan group of senators led by Senators Al Franken (D-MN) and […]
This afternoon, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a Request for Information (RFI) related to Reducing Regulatory Burdens Imposed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act & Improving Healthcare Choice to Empower Patients. As they have done in over a half-dozen rules and subregulatory guidance to date, HHS seeks comment from […]
eClinicalWorks LLC to Pay $155 Million to Resolve Civil False Claims Act Allegations
On Wednesday, May 31, 2017, the Department of Justice in the District of Vermont announced that the electronic health record (EHR) vendor, eClinicalWorks LLC, based in Westborough, Massachusetts, would pay the largest False Claims Act (FCA) settlement in the district’s history […]
Thank you to our intern, Solyana Hailu, for her help researching and drafting this post.
On May 23, 2017, Applied Policy was delighted to sponsor the Northern Virginia Health Policy Forum May event which featured guest speaker Molly MacHarris, the Merit-based Incentives Payment System (MIPS) Program Lead in the Centers for Clinical Standards of Quality […]
Today, both the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) released updated estimates of the version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed earlier this month by the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation is currently under debate in the U.S. Senate.
CBO estimates that an additional 23 […]
Day 3 of the HCPCS Public Meeting highlighted payment issues surrounding wound closure devices. The device manufacturers represented shared many of the same concerns as applicants on prior days of not having accurate codes to reflect the different clinical applications of their devices.
Wound closure technology has advanced so rapidly, that many of these devices […]