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Medical Devices To Medicaid Policy: Here’s The Latest Health Care-Related Legislation

posted by Rachad Davis

on April 22, 2016

Legislators flooded the House and Senate with health care bills that included new guidelines on opioids and the appropriation of additional funds to combat the Zika Virus.

House:

H.R. 4959, Larry Bucshon, to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct a study on the designation of surgical health professional shortage areas

H.R. 4965, Ted Lieu, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to enhance medical device communications and ensure device cleanliness

H.R. 4966, Ted Lieu, establish requirements for reusable medical devices relating to cleaning instructions and validation data, and for other purposes

H.R. 4969, Patrick Meehan, to amend the Public Health Service Act to direct the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide for informational materials to educate and prevent addiction in teenagers and adolescents who are injured playing youth sports and subsequently prescribed an opioid

H.R. 4976, Sean Patrick Maloney, to require the Commissioner of Food and Drugs to seek recommendations from an advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration before approval of certain new drugs that are opioids without abuse-deterrent properties, and for other purposes

H.R. 4978, Evan Jenkins, to require the Government Accountability Office to submit to Congress a report on neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in the United States and its treatment under Medicaid

H.R. 4981, Larry Bucshon, to amend the Controlled Substances Act to improve access to opioid use disorder treatment

H.R. 4982, Bill Foster, to direct the Comptroller General of the United States to evaluate and report on the in-patient and outpatient treatment capacity, availability, and needs of the United States

H.R. 4983, Morgan Griffith, to provide information to prescribers in Federally qualified health centers and facilities of the Indian Health Service on best practices for prescribing naloxone

H.R. 4989, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to require States to provide cranial prostheses under the Medicaid program when a physician finds such treatment necessary for individuals affected by diseases and medical conditions that cause hair loss

H.R. 5001, Renee Ellmers, to continue the use of a 3-month quarter EHR reporting period for health care providers to demonstrate meaningful use for 2016 under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive payment programs, and for other purposes

H.R. 5009, Charles Boustany, to amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to ensure prompt coverage of breakthrough devices under the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and for other purposes

H.R. 5020, Hakeem Jeffries, to require the Surgeon General of the Public Health Service to submit to Congress a report on the effects on public health of the increased rate of use of synthetic drugs

H.R. 5021, Chris Collins, to amend title XI of the Social Security Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to follow rulemaking procedures for costly Medicaid subregulatory policies

H.R. 5031, Carlos Curbelo, to enhance federal response and preparedness with respect to Zika virus

H.R. 5036, Betty McCollum, to clarify the application of spousal impoverishment protections for recipients of home and community-based services under Medicaid

Senate:

S. 2822, Rob Portman, to continue the use of a 3-month quarter EHR reporting period for health care providers to demonstrate meaningful use for 2016 under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive payment programs, and for other purposes

S. 2832, Johnny Isakson, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure fairness in Medicare hospital payments by establishing a floor for the area wage index applied with respect to certain hospitals

S. 2836, Al Franken, to clarify the application of spousal impoverishment protections for recipients of home and community-based services under Medicaid

S. 2843, Bill Nelson, to provide emergency supplemental appropriations to address the Zika crisis