The Word

The Word is our weekly newsletter highlighting key health policy developments on the Hill and within the agencies.


2/14/2020: Overview of proposed rule on MA and Part D…Highlights from BPC report on bipartisan approaches to health care reform…Possible next steps for surprise billing legislation.

2/7/2020: Highlights of proposed NBPP for 2021…Summary of providers’ criticism of proposed MFAR….Verma’s recent comments on HRAs, price transparency.

1/31/2020: The latest Medicaid waiver proposal from CMS…BCBSA’s new partnership with a nonprofit drug manufacturer…ACP’s recommendation for universal coverage.

1/17/2020: Findings from NEJM study that dispels effectiveness of hotspotting…Pending SCOTUS review of state PBM regulations…Hospital groups’ latest lawsuit against site-neutral payment cuts.

1/10/2020: Summary of providers’ comments on proposed reforms to Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Statute…Stakeholder responses to new drug importation proposals…Review of 2020 Open Enrollment Period

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Need to Know

Need to Know is our high-level memo providing “need to know” background and insights on the latest policy and political issues in Washington.


1/24/2020: Overview of key committee leaders who are stepping down or retiring and the members most likely to succeed them in the next Congress.

11/8/2019: Overview of negotiations on FY 2020 spending and the hurdles facing congressional appropriators as they work to avert a shutdown.

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