Tag: Medicare

McDermottPlus Check-Up: June 05, 2020

This Week’s Dose: House Republicans released proposals to support coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) released new flexibi...

McDermottPlus Check-Up: May 29, 2020

This Week’s Dose: Negotiations over the coronavirus (COVID-19) response continued in the Senate with Democrats releasing a new proposal on health coverage expansion. The Trump A...

McDermottPlus Check-Up: May 22, 2020

This Week’s Dose: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) distributed funding to increase coronavirus (COVID-19) testing capacity and announced a targeted Provider Re...

McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: May 18, 2020

ALL EYES ON THE SENATE.

  • Last Week Was a Busy One for the House. On Friday, the House of Representatives passed the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act (R. 680...

    McDermottPlus Check-Up: May 15, 2020

    This Week’s Dose:  House Democrats introduced a $3 trillion coronavirus (COVID-19) relief bill, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released annual upd...

    McDermottPlus Check-Up: May 8, 2020

    This Week’s Dose: The Senate returned to Washington as lawmakers continued negotiations on the next relief bill. Oral arguments took place in three high-profile healthcare-...

    McDermottPlus Check-Up: May 1, 2020

    This Week’s Dose: The Senate announced it will reconvene next week, and the Administration issued new coronavirus (COVID-19) testing guidelines. The Centers for Medicare and...

    Healthcare Preview: Week of April 27

    On this episode of the Healthcare Preview podcast, McDermottPlus VP Rodney Whitlock and Policy Consultant Emma Zimmerman discuss the next distribution of funding from the provider relief fund created by the CARES Act, and what’s next for health...

    McDermottPlus Check-Up: April 24, 2020

    This Week’s Dose: Congress approved additional emergency relief for healthcare providers and small businesses, and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announce...

    McDermottPlus Check-Up: April 17, 2020

    This Week’s Dose: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) opened the online portal for providers to attest to the terms and conditions for the first $30 billion di...

    McDermottPlus Check-Up: April 10, 2020

    This Week’s Dose: The Administration distributed the first wave of funding from the $100 billion Public Health and Social Services emergency fund, provided through the Coron...

    McDermottPlus Check-Up: April 3, 2020

    This Week’s Dose: Implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act continues as lawmakers consider a fourth relief bill in response to COVID-...

    McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: March 30, 2020

    PHASE THREE IS DONE, ON TO PHASE FOUR

    • Congress Passed “Phase Three” Stimulus Bill. Last week, Congress approved the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the largest ...

      McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: March 23, 2020

      ALL EYES ON SUPPLEMENTAL SPENDING BILL NUMBER THREE.

      • Congress Expects to Reach a Deal This Week. Over a whirlwind of a weekend, Senate Republicans unveiled a $1.6 trillion stimulus and suppor...

        McDermottPlus Check-Up: March 20, 2020

        This Week’s Dose: The response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) continued to dominate lawmakers’ attention. The Senate passed the second emergency funding bill and began work on a third. The ...

        McDermottPlus Check-Up: March 13, 2020

        This Week’s Dose: Lawmakers are considering additional emergency funding to address the growing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as US cases top 1,000. The Administration released long-awaite...

        McDermottPlus Check-Up: February 28, 2020

        This Week’s Dose: The Administration requested emergency funding to fight the coronavirus epidemic, and US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar defended the Pres...

        McDermottPlus Check-Up: February 07, 2020

        This Week’s Dose: The House Ways and Means and Education and Labor committees released information on their surprise billing proposals, and President Trump delivered the State of the Union o...

        McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: December 09, 2019

        Never a Dull Moment in Healthcare.

        • All the Major Healthcare Proposals are in Play, But Assembly is Still Required. Late last week, the Senate Finance Committee released a bipartisan and update...

          McDermottPlus Check-Up: December 06, 2019

          This Week’s Dose: Congress is back in town with just two weeks to address government funding and many healthcare issues. More proposals are emerging on drug pricing and surprise billing, and...

          McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: December 02, 2019

          Welcome Back from Thanksgiving!

          • Congress Has Three Weeks Left to Achieve Massive Cooperation and Compromise. The House has an ambitious agenda for the next three weeks: 1) pass H.R. 3, the Pe...

            McDermottPlus Check-Up: November 22, 2019

            This Week’s Dose: Impeachment continued to dominate the news, Congress averted a government shutdown, and federal vaping regulation stalled. Congress

            McDermottPlus Check-Up: November 15, 2019

            This Week’s Dose: Government funding negotiations continued against the backdrop of impeachment, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new rules on provider price t...

            McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: November 11, 2019

            Two Weeks to Address Government Funding and the Extenders.   The House Will Not Vote on H.R. 3, The Lower Drug Costs Now Act, This Week. The House has returned from its one week recess but will not be ...

            McDermottPlus Check-Up: November 8, 2019

            This Week’s Dose: There was little activity in Congress with the House in recess, but we saw several developments in the Medicaid space including new guidance from the Centers for Medicare a...

            McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: November 4, 2019

            The House Is in Recess, Calendar Crunch Looms. The Calendar Creates a Tight Window to Advance Key Policy Priorities. The House is in recess this week, but when they return on November 12, there will be...

            McDermottPlus Check-Up: November 1, 2019

            This Week’s Dose: Drug pricing discussions continued in Congress. The full House and the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee advanced health bills.

            McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: October 28, 2019

            A House Vote on Prescription Drug Pricing Reforms Slips as We Approach a One Week Recess in the House. House Vote on Prescription Drug Pricing Slips. The House was moving lightning fast to advance H.R....

            McDermottPlus Check-Up: October 25, 2019

            This Week’s Dose: The House Ways and Means Committee completed its markup of H.R. 3, but floor consideration was pushed until mid-November. Seema Verma appeared before the House Energy and ...

            McDermottPlus Check-Up: October 4, 2019

            This Week’s Dose: The impeachment inquiry proceedings are still moving forward, despite the Congressional recess. Surprise billing activity continued, and the Trump Administration issued an ...

            McDermottPlus Check-Up: September 27, 2019

            This Week’s Dose: Speaker Pelosi’s announcement of an impeachment inquiry dominated the news this week, but what does that mean for health care policy?

            McDermottPlus Check-Up: September 13, 2019

            This Week’s Dose: The House and Senate are back in session with two weeks to go until the government funding deadline and lots to do. Congress...

            McDermottPlus Check-Up: August 2, 2019

            This Week’s Dose: Things have quieted down in Congress with the House out of session and the Senate wrapping up its last week before the August recess. But the agencies are still at work, so...

            McDermottPlus Check-Up: July 26, 2019

            This Week’s Dose: The Senate Finance Committee finally released its drug pricing package and moved quickly to a markup. The bill passed out of committee, but work will continue before the fu...

            McDermottPlus Check-Up: July 19, 2019

            This Week’s Dose: The Energy and Commerce Committee held a marathon mark-up of 25 bills, including 10 health care related bills. The No Surprises Act received an amendment that adds arbitrat...

            McDermottPlus Check-Up: June 28, 2019

            This Week’s Dose: Lots of movement in Congress ahead of the Fourth of July recess with the House and Senate both advancing a number of health care bills. President Trump also signed an execu...

            McDermottPlus Check-Up: May 10, 2019

            This Week’s Dose: Another busy week for prescription drug pricing. Two more hearings took place on the subject, and a handful of bills passed out of the House. Now we watch the Senate to see...

            McDermottPlus Check-Up: April 26, 2019

            This Week’s Dose: When Congress is away, the agencies will play. The Administration made some major announcements and dropped several new important rules this week, giving stakeholders plent...

            McDermottPlus Check-Up: April 12, 2019

            This Week’s Dose: Drug pricing continues to be the focus in Congress with multiple hearings and markups on the subject. So far, lowering drug prices remains a rare area of consensus among la...

            McDermottPlus Check-Up: April 5, 2019

            This Week’s Dose: Health care continues to dominate much of the attention on Capitol Hill. Lots of hearings. New coverage expansion legislation. And more state action on Medicaid. <...

            McDermottPlus Check-Up: March 1, 2019

            This Week’s Diagnosis: Congress gets busy. Pharmaceutical CEOs testify and emerge unscathed. The Administration is quiet. Congress

            McDermottPlus Check-Up: February 15, 2019

            This Week’s Diagnosis: Congress passed a $328 billion spending package to avert another government shutdown.  President Trump is expected to sign it.  Congressional hearings continue to fo...

            McDermottPlus Check-Up: February 1, 2019

            This Week’s Diagnosis: Government reopens…for at least three weeks. Congress is full steam ahead, kicking off the 116th with health care hearings on drug pricing and pre-existin...

            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 ...

            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. <...

            McDermottPlus Check-up: September 14, 2018

            This Week’s Diagnosis: The House and Senate cancelled scheduled votes this week in anticipation of Hurricane Florence making landfall on the East Coast. The cancellations included a bipartis...