The Word

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


7/26/2019: The status of health care legislation as August recess begins…Seema Verma’s criticism of public option proposals…OIG’s findings on characteristics of high-performing ACOs.

7/19/2019: CMS’ reversal of Obama Administration ban on arbitration agreements for nursing home residents…Update on ACA taxes following Cadillac tax repeal…New proposal to reduce Medicaid access reporting requirements.

7/12/2019: The Administration’s plans to overhaul kidney care…Proposed CY 2020 payment rates for home health care providers…Paul Mango, the new deputy policy chief at CMS.

6/28/2019: The new EO on price transparency…Ways and Means advances bills to promote telehealth, expand GME…Health care highlights from first Democratic debates.

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.

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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.


9/6/2019: The final Need to Know for August recess provides a brief overview of pending health care legislation as Congress returns to Washington.

8/30/2019: A preview of this fall’s legislative agenda.

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