The Word

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


6/21/2019: Highlights from MedPAC’s June 2019 Report to Congress…CMS’ proposed rule to streamline prior authorization…Pharma’s lawsuit against Administration over new requirements on drug prices in TV ads.

6/14/2019:¬†The latest RFI form CMS on Patients over Paperwork…Highlights from hearing on impact of student debt on medical professionals…The Administration’s final rule on health reimbursement arrangements.

6/7/2019:¬†Overview of final rule on PACE…Initial resistance to forthcoming executive order on price transparency…New legislation to streamline prior authorization.

5/24/2019: CMS’ final rule on Medicare Advantage and Part D drug pricing…National coverage determination on CAR T-cell therapy delayed…Overview of Senate HELP Committee leaders’ bipartisan proposal to reduce health care costs.

5/17/2019: The recently-passed ACA, generic drug bill in the House…Overview of White House’s principles on legislation to address surprise medical bills…The Administration’s final rule on drug prices in TV ads.

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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.


6/2/2019: Proposals to address looming cuts to Medicaid DSH payments.

3/22/2019: Spending caps, the debt ceiling, and the congressional budget process for FY 2020.

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