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House Subcommittee Holds Hearing to Review 340B Legislation

The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee held a July 11 hearing on the 340B Drug Pricing Program. The hearing included a review of a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on contract pharmacy arrangements, as well as an examination of 13 legislative proposals that would impact the program.

CMS Issues Proposed Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and Quality Payment Program (QPP) Rule for 2019

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed historic changes to the evaluation and management code documentation and payment in a proposed rule released July 12, 2018. This rule will update payment rates and policies for services provided by physicians and other clinicians to Medicare beneficiaries in 2019. The rule also proposes changes to the QPP, which consists of two participation pathways — merit-based incentive payment system (MIPS), which measures performance based on four categories, and advanced alternative payment models (APMs) in which clinicians may earn incentive payments based on sufficient participation in models. The AAMC will analyze the proposed rule in more detail in the coming weeks and will be submitting comments by the September 10, 2018, deadline.

AAMC, AAU, APLU, COGR Submit Letter to EPA Opposing Proposed Rule on Scientific Research

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) July 11 submitted a joint letter with the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR) to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) strongly opposing a proposed rule that seeks to limit the science the agency could consider in rulemaking to research for which all underlying data are publicly available.

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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