New section Hero Home / Advocacy & Policy / Washington Highlights Washington Highlights New section Washington Highlights CMS Releases CY 2021 OPPS Proposed Rule August 7, 2020 Advocacy Trending This Week House Passes FY 2021 Funding for HHS and Other Agencies The House approved the FY 2021 Labor-HHS spending bill that would fund agencies within HHS, and the VA. Federal Committee Approves Primary Care, Oral Health Care Workforce Recommendations Advisory committee approved recommendations to Congress on issues in primary care and oral health care. Coronavirus Task Force Health Experts Testify on National COVID-19 Plan Drs. Fauci, Giroir, and Redfield of the Coronavirus Task Force appeared before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis for a July 31 hearing. New section CMS Releases CY 2021 MPFS and QPP Proposed Rule The CMS released the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program proposed rule. Senators Introduce TREAT Act Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) introduced legislation to allow practitioners to provide services anywhere during the COVID-19 pandemic. 340B Hospitals Lose Court Challenge to OPPS Rate Cut ]: A decision by a U.S. Court of Appeals sustains a rate cut to 340B hospitals. New section AAMC Joins Letter Urging Senate to Provide COBRA Funding Relief The AAMC joined an Aug. 4 letter urging Senate leadership to include COBRA funding in the next COVID-19 supplemental package. AAMC,Health Education Groups Advocate for COVID-19 Student Loan Forgiveness The AAMC and health professions education groups advocate for student loan forgiveness in the next COVID-19 supplemental package. Trump Signs Executive Order on Improving Rural Health and Telehealth Access President Trump signed a telehealth and rural health care executive order on Aug. 3. New section Subscribe to receive weekly Hill and regulatory updates to your inbox. First Name: Last Name: Email: Other Washington Highlights Articles More Negotiations Stall on Next COVID-19 Package Senate Republicans released a series of COVID-19 emergency relief bills on July 27 to provide $1 trillion in spending to support recovery from the pandemic. NIH Holds Meeting of Human Fetal Tissue Research Ethics Advisory Board The NIH held a meeting to determine whether funding for fetal tissue research proposals should be withheld on ethical grounds. Senators Introduce Research Relief Bill Senators introduce the Research Investment to Secure the Economy (RISE) Act, authorizing emergency supplemental funding to federal research agencies. AAMC, Hospital Groups Oppose Payment Rate Setting for Surprise Medical Bills The AAMC joined eight other hospital groups in a letter to congressional leadership opposing the inclusion of rate setting to resolve surprise medical bills. AAMC Submits Comments on Medicaid Prescription Drug VBP Proposed Rule The AAMC submits comments on CMS’ proposal to create value-based purchasing arrangements for prescription drugs between drug manufacturers and states. AAMC Joins Hospital Groups on Delaying Medicare Loan Repayment The AAMC has joined five other hospital groups in a letter to CMS requesting a delay in repaying Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment loans. Testimony and Correspondence Testimony and Correspondence Statements, Letters and Comments AAMC, FASHP Letter on Student Loan Forgiveness during COVID-19 AAMC Joins Letter Urging Senate Leadership to Support COBRA Funding Relief Higher Ed Letter Urging Research Relief in Next COVID-19 Package AAMC Letter to Fetal Tissue Research Ethics Advisory Board AAMC, Hospital Groups Oppose Payment Rate Setting for Surprise Medical Bills Group Letter Thanking HHS for Renewing COVID-19 Public Health Emergency New section Contact the AAMC Office of Government Affairs Staff Here Featured On the Agenda In Washington Scheduled hearings and meetings related to academic medicine AAMC Press Conferences on Coronavirus (COVID-19) David Skorton, MD, president and CEO of the AAMC, hosted a virtual press conference on academic medicine’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.