In this issue:

  • The House and Senate continue to disagree on doc fix legislation
  • Cancer care coalition maintains opposition to ASP cuts
  • HHS releases essential health benefits informational bulletin
  • CMS issues proposed physician payment “sunshine” rule
  • Attention on cancer drug shortages continues with Senate HELP Committee hearing
  • Pioneer accountable care organizations announced

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Health Policy Report - April 1, 2015
  • • US House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Repeal SGR
  • • Senate, House Pass Budget Resolutions
  • • House Energy and Commerce Committee Examines 340B Program
  • • New Study Refutes Claims that Self-Referral Encourages Inappropriate Utilization or Increased Medicare Spending
  • • GAO Analyzes Medicare Payments to Certain Cancer Hospitals

      Health Policy Report - March 20, 2015
      • • Congress Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Repeal SGR
      • • MedPAC Once Again Recommends Site-Neutral Payment Reform
      • • Medicare to Publish Physician-Payment Data Next Month
      • • U.S. Supreme Court Examines Health Insurance Subsidies in King v. Burwell
      • • HHS Unveils Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model
      • • CDC Unveils Report on Invasive Cancer Incidence and Survival
      • • Maryland Legislature Considers Law Allowing Integrated Cancer Care
      • • CMS Considers Expansion of Coverage for PET Cancer Scans

          Health Policy Report - February 26, 2015
          • • The US Oncology Network’s Dr. Barry Brooks Pens Op-Ed Highlighting Need for Site-Neutral Medicare Payment Reform
          • • HHS Unveils New Payment Model for Cancer Care
          • • Prompt Pay Discount Legislation Introduced in U.S. House
          • • CMS Approves Medicare Coverage for Lung Cancer Screening
          • • CBO Releases Higher SGR Replacement Cost Estimate
          • • Lawmakers Debate Preparedness for ICD-10 Transition

              Health Policy Report - February 5, 2015
              • • President Obama Endorses Site-Neutral Payment Policies in FY2016 Budget Proposal
              • • Obama Administration Releases Details of Precision Medicine Initiative
              • • 21st Century Cures Initiative Enters Legislative Phase
              • • HHS Unveils Plan to Revamp Medicare Payments
              • • HHS Asks DC Court To Drop 340B Orphan Drug Lawsuit

                  Health Policy Report - January 23, 2015
                  • • The US Oncology Network Joins New Alliance for Site-Neutral Payment Reform
                  • • Energy and Commerce Committee Hearing Focuses on Future of SGR
                  • • Obama Sets an Ambitious Agenda In State of the Union, Healthcare Not A Focus
                  • • MedPAC Discusses Site-Neutral Payments, Hospital Reimbursement, and Physician Payment Rates

                      Health Policy Report - January 7, 2015
                      • • 114th Congress Convenes, Republicans Control Both Chambers of Congress
                      • • 2014 Healthcare Policy Milestones & Trends
                      • • Congress Raises Concerns about 340B
                      • • MedPAC Shows Continued Support for Payment Parity
                      • • Cancer Death Rates in U.S. Continue to Decline

                          Health Policy Report - December 10, 2014
                          • • Report: 340B Sales to Rise
                          • • National Media Outlets Examine Impact of Higher Hospital Costs on Cancer Care
                          • • Healthcare Spending Growth Slowed in 2013
                          • •U.S. House of Representatives Passes ABLE Act
                          • • CMS Proposes New ACO Regulation

                              Health Policy Report - November 20, 2014
                              • • MedPAC Examines Part B Drug Payment Policy
                              • • HRSA Pulls Back 340B 'Mega Rule’
                              • • Supreme Court to Hear Affordable Care Act Subsidies Case
                              • • Lawmakers, Physician Groups Seek SGR Reform in Lame Duck Session
                              • • CMS Proposed Lung Cancer Screening Coverage for High-Risk Beneficiaries
                              • • VA Reimbursement Rule Has Providers Fearing Slow Payment

                                  Health Policy Report - November 4, 2014
                                  • • CMS Releases Final Rule for 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
                                  • • HRSA Asks Drug Manufacturers to Refund 340B Overcharges
                                  • • Medical Costs Up to 20% Higher at Hospital-Owned Physician Groups, Study Finds
                                  • • Supreme Court Not Taking Up Insurance Subsidies Lawsuit Yet
                                  • • Simpler Home Test for Colon Cancer Offered

                                      Health Policy Report - October 22, 2014
                                      • • New COA Report Finds 82% Increase in Cancer Clinic Closings Since 2010
                                      • • PhRMA Files Suit Challenging HHS Orphan Drug Regulation
                                      • • Aunt Minnie Op-Ed: Payment parity in radiation therapy best serves cancer patients
                                      • • JAMA Articles Illustrate Division Over Lung Cancer Screening
                                      • • AMA Sends Blueprint to Strengthen the Meaningful Use Program to CMS

                                          Health Policy Report - October 8, 2014
                                          • • More than 160 Members of Congress Weigh in with CMS on Radiation Oncology Cuts
                                          • • Congress Breaks for Mid-Term Election Campaigning; Lame-Duck Session Approaching
                                          • • Health Affairs Report Findings Reinforce 340B Program Abuse Concerns
                                          • • Physician Groups Warn New Open Payments Site Contains Errors, Lack Accuracy
                                          • • Role of RUC in Assigning Medicare Payments Called into Question

                                              Health Policy Report - September 26, 2014
                                              • • Republican Lawmakers Call for Increased Transparency in Rule Making Process
                                              • • MedPAC Weighs Least-Costly Alternative Approaches To Control Part B Drug Prices
                                              • • CMS Releases Medicare ACO and Shared Savings Program Results
                                              • • Stakeholders Concerned Sunshine Act Data Release Lacks Needed Context and Background Information
                                              • • Bipartisan Bill Introduced in House to Extend Deadline to Show Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records

                                                  Health Policy Report - September 10, 2014
                                                  • • Take Action Today! Encourage Congress to Stand Up Against Proposed Radiation Oncology Cuts
                                                  • • The US Oncology Network Submits Formal Comments to CMS on Proposed Payment Policy Revisions
                                                  • • Bipartisan House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee Leaders Ask CMS to Maintain Status Quo on Radiation Therapy Payments
                                                  • • Open Payments Site Experiences Delays; Physicians Concerned
                                                  • • District Court Upholds New Interpretive HRSA Rule on 340B Orphan Drug Exclusions
                                                  • • New CMS Report Predicts Positive Trends in Healthcare Spending

                                                      Health Policy Report - August 19, 2014
                                                      • • CMS Releases Potential Innovative Oncology Payment Model
                                                      • • New Veteran Affairs Bill Expands Private Practice Services to Veterans
                                                      • • Physician Groups Concerned Open Payments Dispute Process Flawed
                                                      • • RAND Analysis Recommends Review of 340B Program Processes
                                                      • • 310,000 Enrollees To Lose Healthcare Coverage If Citizenship Not Verified

                                                          Health Policy Report - August 5, 2014
                                                          • • New Medicare Report: Improved Financial Outlook for Medicare Trust Fund
                                                          • • Bipartisan Lawmakers Express Support For 340B Program
                                                          • • The US Oncology Network Joins Cancer Care Advocates in Submitting USP Chapter <800> Comments
                                                          • • E&C Health Subcommittee Convenes Markup on Important Healthcare Legislation

                                                              Health Policy Report - July 23, 2014
                                                              • • Two U.S. Appeals Courts Issue Contradictory ACA Subsidies Rulings
                                                              • • HRSA Issues Interpretive Rule Maintaining 340B Orphan Drug Exclusion
                                                              • • CMS Proposes Eliminating CME Exclusion from Open Payments Program
                                                              • • Colon Cancer Care Advocates Urge Congress to Eliminate Colonoscopy Copay
                                                              • • Health Affairs Examines Future of “Big Data” in US Healthcare System

                                                                  Health Policy Report - July 9, 2014
                                                                  • • CMS Releases Proposed Rule Setting 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Payment Rates
                                                                  • • HRSA Releases 340B Auditing Process Changes
                                                                  • • Study Finds Cost of Care for Common Patient Services Doubles in HOPD
                                                                  • • Open Payments System Registration for Physicians Begins Mid-Month

                                                                      Health Policy Report - June 18, 2014
                                                                      • • New Study Finds Shift To Hospital Setting Drives Up Cancer Costs
                                                                      • • Alliance for Integrity and Reform of 340B Hosts National Leadership Summit to Discuss 340B Reforms
                                                                      • • MedPAC Expands Support of Site Neutral Payments
                                                                      • • Large Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Urge Medicare Decision on Low-Dose CT Scans For Lung Cancer Screening

                                                                          Health Policy Report - June 4, 2014
                                                                          • • The US Oncology Network’s Barry Brooks Testifies Before House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee on Site-Neutral Medicare Payment Reform
                                                                          • • Court Decision Calls HRSA 340B Rule-Making Authority Into Question
                                                                          • • New Study Examines 340B Hospital Acquisitions of Physician-Based Oncology Practices
                                                                          • • CMS Issues Proposed Rule on “Meaningful Use” Requirements
                                                                          • • Senators Urge Medicare to Cover Lung Cancer Test
                                                                          • • Burwell Vote Likely this Week

                                                                              Health Policy Report - May 14, 2014
                                                                              • • IMS Institute: Higher Cancer Costs Due to Shift To Hospital Outpatient Facilities
                                                                              • • Stanford University Study Finds Hospital Ownership of Physician Practices Leads to Higher Prices
                                                                              • • CMS Confirms One-Year Delay of ICD-10 Code Transition
                                                                              • • Senate Holds Confirmation Hearings for HHS Secretary Nominee Burwell
                                                                              • • HHS: Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Exceeds 8 Million Americans

                                                                                  Health Policy Report - April 30, 2014
                                                                                  • • MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Virtual Hill Days May 7 & 8
                                                                                  • • Jonathan Blum Announces CMS Departure
                                                                                  • • Burwell Hearing Set
                                                                                  • • Healthcare Coalition Urges CMS to Set Date for Implementation of ICD-10 Codes
                                                                                  • • New Online Tool Available to Search Physician Payment Data

                                                                                      Health Policy Report - April 16, 2014
                                                                                      • • CMS Announces Release of Physician Payment Information
                                                                                      • • Narrow Insurance Networks Could Threaten Patient Access to Specialized Cancer Care Centers
                                                                                      • • HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Steps Down
                                                                                      • • House Passes Ryan Budget Resolution; Action Not Likely in Senate
                                                                                      • • CBO Releases Updated Budget Projections for SGR Patch

                                                                                          Health Policy Report - April 1, 2014
                                                                                          • • The US Oncology Network Joins Community Oncology Alliance in Urging Congressional Leaders to Address Cancer Care Crisis
                                                                                          • • Congress Moves to Avert Medicare Physician Payment Cuts
                                                                                          • • New Analysis Shows Many 340B Hospitals Provide Minimal Charity Care
                                                                                          • • Obamacare Open Enrollment Period Closes

                                                                                              Health Policy Report - March 20, 2014
                                                                                              • • House Passes SGR Repeal with Delay of ACA Individual Mandate
                                                                                              • • Coalition for Patient Centered Imaging Urges Congress to Preserve Patient Access to Integrated Care
                                                                                              • • New Report Finds Overall Cancer Cases on the Rise
                                                                                              • • HHS Updates HIPAA Regulations
                                                                                              • • Colon Cancer Rates Drop by 30 Percent

                                                                                                  Health Policy Report - March 6, 2014
                                                                                                  • • Virginia Cancer Specialists Featured in Fox New Special Report
                                                                                                  • • Op-Ed Highlights Importance of Rational Payments for Cancer Care
                                                                                                  • • President Obama Releases 2015 Budget Proposal
                                                                                                  • • CBO Releases Score for SGR Bill
                                                                                                  • • Quality Data Added to CMS’ Physician Compare Website
                                                                                                  • • World Health Organization: Cancer Cases on the Rise

                                                                                                      Health Policy Report - February 20, 2014
                                                                                                      • • The US Oncology Network’s Dr. Barry Brooks Calls for Equalization of Medicare Payments in The Hill
                                                                                                      • • OIG Releases Report on 340B Drug Discount Program
                                                                                                      • • Congress Votes to Extend Sequestration
                                                                                                      • • Lancet Oncology Paper Calls on Oncology Community to Recognize Costs, Limitations of Cancer Treatments
                                                                                                      • • Insurance Exchange Enrollment Climbs to 3.3 Million
                                                                                                      • • CBO Report Finds Slower Medicare Spending Growth

                                                                                                          Health Policy Report - February 6, 2014
                                                                                                          • • Lawmakers Reach SGR Deal with Five Years of 0.5 Percent Payment Hikes
                                                                                                          • • President Obama Delivers State of the Union Address
                                                                                                          • • Congressman Henry Waxman Announces Retirement
                                                                                                          • • CMS Report Finds ACOs Are Lowering Spending Growth
                                                                                                          • • CMMI Technical Expert Panel for Oncology Examines Alternative Payment Models
                                                                                                          • • COA and ASCO Release Principles for Payment System Reform

                                                                                                              Health Policy Report - January 23, 2014
                                                                                                              • • MedPAC Recommends Aligning Payments Across Care Settings
                                                                                                              • • CMS Announces Release of Physician Payment Data
                                                                                                              • • Congress Approves $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill
                                                                                                              • • New Study: IMRT Improved Survival Rates in Head and Neck Cancer Patients

                                                                                                                  Health Policy Report - January 7, 2014
                                                                                                                  • • Congress Returns to Washington; Budget Deal Needed Before January 16 Deadline
                                                                                                                  • • Senate Finance and Ways and Means Committees Mark Up Permanent SGR Replacement Bill
                                                                                                                  • • Obamacare Enrollment Swells in December
                                                                                                                  • • New Obama Administration Report Claims Slow Healthcare Spending Growth
                                                                                                                  • • Final USPSTF Screening Recommendations for Lung Cancer Released





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