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House Committees Mark Up, Advance Build Back Better Act

Several House committees finished advancing their provisions of the Build Back Better Act during the week of Sept. 13.

September 17, 2021

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Washington Highlights is a weekly newsletter that provides updates on the latest legislative and regulatory activities affecting medical schools, teaching hospitals, and their patients and communities.

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AAMC Comments on 2022 Outpatient Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule

The AAMC submitted comments to the CMS on the payment and quality proposals in the calendar year 2022 Outpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule.

AAMC Requests Additional Funding for Telehealth Resource Centers

The AAMC joined a Sept. 15 letter requesting additional funding for the HRSA Telehealth Resource Center program.

AAMC Research and Action Institute Publishes Recommendations for Pandemic Response

On Sept. 15, the AAMC Research and Action Institute published a report with recommendations for policymakers to address COVID-19 and future pandemics.

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AAMC, Hospital Groups Submit Merits Brief in 340B Case

The AAMC and other plaintiffs submitted a merits brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in American Hospital Association v. Becerra.

HHS Announces $25.5 Billion in Provider Relief Fund Distributions

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Sept. 10 that it will distribute $25.5 billion from the Provider Relief Fund.

AAMC Comments on 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

The AAMC submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Sept. 13 in response to the 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposals.

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Other Washington Highlights Articles

CMS Proposed Rule Repeals MCIT Final Rule

The CMS proposed rule would withdraw a rule finalized during the final days of the Trump administration regarding MCIT and the definition of “reasonable and nec

HHS Releases Report to Address High Drug Prices

A new drug pricing proposal from the HHS identifies three guiding principles to lower drug costs.

GME Advocacy Coalition Urges GME Expansion in Reconciliation

The GME Advocacy Coalition sent a letter to committee leaders in support of including additional Medicare-supported GME slots in reconciliation legislation.

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