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Feb. 27: PCORI National Patient and Stakeholder Dialogue
9:30 a.m.; 529 14th St. N.W., 13th Floor; Washington, D.C.
PCORI will hold a National Patient and Stakeholder Dialogue on its first draft National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.


Feb. 27: Health IT Meaningful Use Workgroup Meeting
10:00 a.m.; Webcast
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (HIT) Meaningful Use Workgroup will meet to discuss recommendations on how to define meaningful use in the short- and long-term; ways electronic health records (EHRs) can support meaningful use; and how providers can demonstrate meaningful use.


Feb. 27-29: CMS Advisory Panel Meeting
1:00 p.m.; 7500 Security Boulevard; Baltimore, M.D.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment will meet to discuss the clinical integrity of the ambulatory payment classification groups and their associated weights, and hospital outpatient supervision issues. RSVP to Paula Smith at paula.smith@cms.hhs.gov.  


Feb. 28: Hearing on Strengthening Health and Retirement Security
10:00 a.m.; 210 Cannon House Office Building; Washington, D.C.
The House Budget Committee will hold a hearing entitled “Strengthening Health and Retirement Security.” Witnesses include Richard S. Foster from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Stephen C. Goss from the Social Security Administration.

Feb. 28: House Subcommittee Hearing on NSF Budget Proposal
10:00 a.m.; 2318 Rayburn House Office Building; Washington, D.C.
The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Research and Science Education will hold a hearing to discuss the president’s FY 2013 budget proposal for the National Science Foundation (NSF). Witnesses include NSF Director Subra Suresh, Ph.D, National Science Board Chair Ray Bowen, Ph.D. The hearing also will be available via webcast.


Feb. 28: Ways and Means Hearing on FY13 Budget Proposal with HHS Secretary
1:00 p.m.; 1100 Longworth House Office Building; Washington, D.C
The House Committee on Ways and Means will hold a hearing with Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to discuss the details of the president’s FY 2013 budget proposal for HHS  within the committee’s jurisdiction. Statements for the record will be accepted until March 13.


Feb. 29: Health IT Standards Committee Meeting
9:30 a.m.; 2500 Calvert Street, N.W.; Washington, D.C.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (HIT) Standards Committee will meet to discuss standards implementation specifications, and certification criteria for the electronic exchange of health information.


Feb. 29: House Appropriations Subcommittee FDA Budget Hearing
10:00 a.m.; 2362-A Rayburn House Office Building; Washington, D.C.
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Related Agencies will hold a hearing on the administration’s FY 2013 budget request for FDA. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, M.D., will join other HHS witnesses testifying at the hearing.

 

Feb. 29: Senate Budget Committee Hearing on Sustainable Health Care Spending
10:00 a.m.; 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building; Washington, D.C.
The Senate Budget Committee will hold a hearing to discuss how to put health care spending on a sustainable path. Witnesses include Dr. David Cutler, professor of economics at Harvard University, Dr. Len Nichols, professor of health policy and director, Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics at George Mason University, and James Capretta, fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.


Feb. 29: Congressional Briefing on Sickle Cell
1:30 p.m.; 121 Cannon House Office Building; Washington, D.C.
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and AAMC will host a Congressional briefing, “Hope on the Horizon,” to highlight a potential breakthrough in the treatment of sickle cell disease and the important role of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Alan Flake, a fetal surgeon at CHOP, will discuss his three decades of work to develop a pioneering, prenatal procedure that will hopefully prevent this debilitating disease, and AAMC Chief Scientific Officer Ann Bonham, Ph.D., will speak about further clinical initiatives and the important role of NIH. Please contact Armstrong.Nicholas@ARENTFOX.COM to RSVP.


Feb. 29: House Appropriations Subcommittee Budget Hearing with OSTP Director
2:00 p.m.; H-309 Capitol; Washington, D.C.
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies will hear testimony from Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy John Holdren, Ph.D., regarding the administration’s FY 2013 budget request.


Feb. 29: Energy and Commerce IPAB Repeal Mark Up
TDB; TBD
The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health reportedly is expected to mark up legislation to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).


Mar. 1: E&C Health Subcommittee Budget Hearing with HHS Secretary
10:00 a.m.; 2123 Rayburn House Office Building; Washington, D.C.
The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing with Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to discuss the details of the president’s fiscal year 2013 budget proposal for HHS.

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Telephone: 202-903-0806
Email: jkleinman@aamc.org