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McDermottPlus Check-Up: December 7, 2018

This Week’s Diagnosis: Memorial services for President George H.W. Bush were held this week in Washington, DC and Texas. No agreement has been reached on border wall funding, which means Members may be here through at least December 21.

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McDermottPlus Check-Up: November 30, 2018

This Week’s Diagnoses: Welcome back! Members are back in town for a sprint to the finish. Controversy over the House Democratic leadership elections fizzled, with the same faces in the top three positions.

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McDermottPlus Check-Up: November 16, 2018

This Week’s Diagnosis: Newly elected congressional members were welcomed to Washington this week, while currently serving members returned for a brief, but important post-election lame duck session.

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Election Results Bring Change in Health Priorities

Democrats will take control of the House of Representatives in January 2019. Republicans will retain control of the Senate, widening their margin slightly. Split control of Congress will have important consequences for healthcare policy.  This article takes a closer look at how the election is likely to impact the health policy agenda.

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McDermottPlus Check-Up: November 2, 2018

This Week’s Diagnosis: While members of Congress are touting the passage of the opioid package on the campaign trail, the Administration continued releasing a series of significant health policy regulations.

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McDermottPlus Check-Up: October 26, 2018

This Week’s Diagnosis: The Administration remains active with the issuance of several new guidance documents, the drug pricing announcement and the President (finally) signing the bipartisan opioid legislation (HR 6).

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McDermottPlus Check-Up: October 19, 2018

This Week’s Diagnoses: All eyes are on the midterm election, now less than three weeks away.  The House and Senate are out; the Administration continues to release health-related regulations and announcements.

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McDermottPlus Check-Up: September 28, 2018

This Week’s Diagnosis: Consideration of the Kavanaugh nomination dominated airtime in the Senate this week, but the House stayed on-task, pushing through a number of health-related bills.

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McDermottPlus Check-up: September 14, 2018

McDermott+Consulting is pleased to introduce the McDermottPlus Check-up, your regular update on healthcare policy from Washington, D.C.

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Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: Hurry Up and Wait?

From January through June 2018, it seemed legislative efforts to address the national opioid epidemic were the primary focus of congressional work. No fewer than eight committees in both chambers held hearings and produced numerous bills in an attempt to help address the public health crisis. These bills are in various stages of the legislative…

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Senate Republicans Released an ACA Repeal and Replace Bill Discussion Draft, the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017,” on June 22, 2017

A McDermottPlus side-by-side comparison table reflecting the draft’s major proposals compared to the AHCA and the ACA is now available

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UPDATE: With Senate Approval of H.R. 2, Congress Completes SGR Reform

With draconian 21% cuts to physician payments looming, the Senate took action late yesterday; approving H.R. 2 by an overwhelming majority (92-8), and permanently repealing the much-maligned Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). While six amendments were considered, none survived, clearing the way for the President’s signature. President Obama has announced that he will sign the bill.

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