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May 10: HELP Committee Hearing on Intersection of Scientific Research and Education
10 a.m.; 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will hold a hearing to examine the intersection of scientific research and education as it relates to dyslexia. Witness testimony will be made available on the committee’s website.

May 10: Senate Finance Committee Hearing on Evidence Based Practices
10 a.m.; 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.
The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing titled, “Can Evidence Based Practices Improve Outcomes for Vulnerable Individuals and Families?” Witness testimony will be available on the committee’s website.

May 11: HIT Standards Committee Precision Medicine Task Force Meeting
1 p.m.; Webinar
The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) Health Information Technology (HIT) Standards Committee will meet via webinar to discuss recommendations on the Precision Medicine Task Force.

May 11: Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Hearing on Physician Payment
2 p.m.; 1100 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
The House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee will hold a hearing entitled “Implementation of Medicare Access & Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).” Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt is expected to testify.

May 11: E&C Health Subcommittee Hearing on Patient Centered Health Care
10 a.m.; 2322 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
The House Energy and Commerce (E&C) Health Subcommittee will hold a hearing entitled “Health Care Solutions: Increasing Patient Choice and Plan Innovation.” The hearing will focus on improving pre-existing condition protections, lowering patient costs, and encouraging plan innovation without government mandates.

May 12: House VA Committee Hearing on Veteran Suicide
10 a.m.; 334 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
The House Veteran Affairs (VA) Committee will hold a hearing to evaluate efforts on preventing Veteran suicide. A full witness list will be made available on the committee’s website.

May 12: CMS Hospital Compare Star Ratings Webinar
1 p.m.; Webinar
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Studies (CMS) will host a webinar on the Hospital Compare star ratings methodology that will be used to generate the summary five-star rating for individual hospitals. CMS will also discuss changes to the July 2016 preview reports and SAS pack distribution.

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Jason Kleinman
Sr. Legislative Analyst, Govt. Relations
Telephone: 202-903-0806
Email: jkleinman@aamc.org