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May 6: PCORI Board of Governors Meeting
8 a.m.; Teleconference/Webinar
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) will hold its Board of Governors Meeting in Itasca, Ill. The meeting is open to the public and will be available via teleconference and webinar. The board tentatively is scheduled to hear updates on several reports, including the Executive Director’s Report and the Methodology Committee Report, among other items.

May 7: HIT Policy Meeting
9:30 a.m.; 10 Thomas Circle, N.W., Washington, D.C.
The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy Committee will meet to discuss recommendations to the National Coordinator for Health IT on a policy framework for the development and adoption of a nationwide health information infrastructure, including standards for the exchange of patient medical information.

May 7: House Subcommittee Hearing on Medicare Physician Payment Policy
10 a.m.; 1100 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
The House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee will hold a hearing to examine options for repealing the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and reforming the Medicare physician payment system.

May 7: Briefing on Academic Medicine’s Vital Role in Trauma Care
12 p.m.; B-340 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) will hold a briefing on the role of major teaching hospitals in providing trauma care. Panelists will include those who coordinated the trauma care provided by Boston teaching hospitals to the victims of the 2013 Marathon bombings, and those who cared for the victims of the explosion and fires upon the British Petroleum (BP) oil platform along the Texas Coast in 2010.

May 8: House Hearing on IRS Colleges and Universities Compliance Report
2 p.m.; 1100 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
The House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)’s Colleges and Universities Compliance Project Final Report, which focuses on compliance rates in the following areas: unrelated business income tax (UBIT), executive compensation, and unemployment tax issues.

May 9: Senate Hearing on Pending Health Care Legislation
10 a.m.; 418 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.
The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee will hold a hearing to examine pending health care legislation.

May 9: Department of Veterans Affairs Research Week Congressional Briefings
10 a.m.; 340 Cannon House Office Building Washington, D.C.
2 p.m.; 418 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.
In conjunction with the 2013 National Research VA Week, Chief Research and Development Officer, Joel Kupersmith, M.D., will present at an introductory briefing for congressional staff on the VA Research program, featuring highlights from the past year and the Millions Veterans Program.


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Jason Kleinman
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Telephone: 202-903-0806