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April 28: Senate Finance Committee Hearing on Medicare Appeals
10 a.m.; 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building
The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing to discuss audit and appeals issues in Medicare. Nancy Griswold, chief administrative law judge, Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals, Department of Health and Human Services, is among a panel of witnesses expected to testify.

April 28: Senate HELP Committee Hearing on Medical Innovation
10 a.m.; 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building
The Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) committee will hold a hearing titled, “Continuing America’s Leadership: The Future of Medical Innovation for Patients.” Witness testimony will be posted to the committee’s website when available.

April 28-29: Public Workshop on Precision Medicine Initiative
1 p.m.; Natcher Conference Center, NIH Campus, Bethesda, MD
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) working group will meet to discuss biomedical questions that can be addressed in the proposed national research cohort. A meeting agenda and accompanying materials can be found on the precision medicine initiative website.

April 30: E&C Health Subcommittee Hearing on 21st Century Cures
10 a.m.; 2123 Rayburn House Office Building
The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing to discuss legislation regarding the committee’s 21st Century Cures initiative.  Kathy Hudson, deputy director, Science, Outreach, and Policy, National Institutes of Health; Janet Woodcock, director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration; and Jeff Shuren, director, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, FDA, are expected to testify.  

April 30: Senate Labor-HHS Subcommittee Hearing on NIH Budget
10 a.m.; 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building
The Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, And Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee will hold a hearing to review the fiscal year (FY) 2016 funding request and budget justification for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., is expected to testify, and will be accompanied by directors from respective institutes. 


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Jason Kleinman
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Telephone: 202-903-0806