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May 16-20: National VA Research Week
Field Events
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Research and Development is coordinating a week of events at local VA medical centers designed to call attention to the achievements of the VA researchers and the role they play in providing high quality care for veterans in advancing medical science.

May 16: FOVA and VA ORD Briefing on VA Health Research
11 a.m.; 212 Senate Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, D.C.
The Friends of VA Medical Care and Health Research (FOVA) and the Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Research and Development (ORD) will co-host a briefing titled, “VA Research from Bench to Bedside.”

May 17: Joint HIT Standards and HIT Polity Meeting
9:30 a.m.; Webinar/Teleconference
The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology (HIT) Standards Committee and Policy Committee will meet via webinar/teleconference to discuss standards implementation specifications and certification criteria for the electronic exchange of health information.

May 17: Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Hearing on Tax-Related Proposals to Improve Healthcare
10 a.m.; 1100 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee will hold a Member Day hearing entitled “Tax-Related Proposals to Improve Health Care.” Oral testimony at this hearing will be limited to Members of Congress who have either introduced or co-sponsored legislation related to health care policy in the tax code.

May 17: Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Hearing on Medicare Part B
10 a.m.; 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
The Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee will hold a hearing to examine the patient and doctor perspective on Medicare Part B Drug models. Witnesses will be announced on the Committee website.

May 17: Senate Homeland Affairs Committee Hearing on the Federal Response for Drug Use
2:30 p.m.; SD-342 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing to examine the Federal Response to America’s demand for drugs. The Honorable Michael P. Botticelli, Director for the Office of the National Drug Control Policy is expected to testify.

May 18: Senate Appropriations Mil-Con Subcommittee Hearing on Electronic Health Records
10:30 a.m.; 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.
Senate Appropriations Military Construction, Veterans Affiars and Related Agencies Subcommittee will hold a hearing on review of the Veterans Affairs Department electronic health record (VistA), progress toward interoperability with the Defense Department's electronic health record, and plans for the future.

May 18: Senate Small Business Committee Hearing on Small Businesses and the ACA
2 p.m.; 428A Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.
The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee will hold a hearing to examine the effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on small businesses. Witnesses will be announced on the committee website when available.

May 18: Ways and Means Committee Hearing on Drug Abuse
2 p.m.; 1100 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
The House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing titled “The Heroin Epidemic and Parental Substance Abuse: Using Evidence and Data to Protect Kids from Harm." Witness testimony will be posted on the committee’s website.

May 19: MACPAC Meeting
9:30 a.m.; 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.
The Medicaid and CHIP Payment Access Commission (MACPAC) will meet to discuss proposed recommendations. An agenda is available on the commission’s website.

May 19: Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Hearing on Public Health Response
10 a.m.; 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee will hold a hearing to examine the Strengthening Public Health Response Act.

May 20: PCAST Public Meeting
9 a.m.; 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) will hold a public meeting to discuss precision medicine, among other agenda times. Registration information and an agenda can be found on the council’s website.

May 20: NIH Council of Councils Meeting
Time: TBD; 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Md.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Council of Councils will meet to discuss business matters and updates on various initiatives. The Council advises the NIH director and acts as an external advisory panel to the NIH Institute and Centers (IC) directors.

 

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