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Negotiators File Compromise HHS Spending Bill

House and Senate negotiators Sept. 13 adopted a compromise agreement on the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Labor-HHS-Education and Defense spending bills (H.R. 6157) that next will go to each chamber for final approval before being sent to the president. The measure also includes a continuing resolution through Dec. 7 for any of the 12 annual spending bills that have not been finalized by the start of the new fiscal year Oct. 1.

AAMC Submits Comments to CMS on CY 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule

The AAMC Sept. 10 submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), responding to the agency’s proposed rule changes in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program to take effect in calendar year (CY) 2019. CMS proposed major changes to payment and documentation for outpatient evaluation and management (E/M) services. It also proposed that Medicare cover newly-established interprofessional internet consultation codes and recommended changes and updates to the quality payment program (QPP). 

AAMC Files 340B Lawsuit that Challenges the Delay in the Ceiling Price Rule

The AAMC, American Hospital Association, America’s Essential Hospitals, and 340B Health filed a lawsuit Sept. 11 in U.S. District Court that challenges the years-long delay by Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to issue the ceiling price and civil monetary penalties (CMP) final rule [see Washington Highlights, June 8].

Responding to the Opioid Epidemic

Opioid Workforce Act of 2018 Ad

While all doctors are trained to treat pain and addiction, specialists in particular fields are critical to address the opioid epidemic in rural and urban communities alike. The Opioid Workforce Act of 2018 would provide federal support to train those specialists.

AAMC Ad Thanks Lawmakers for Bold and Visionary Commitment to NIH

April 2018 RMH-NIH Ad

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