The Word

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


9/20/2018: A look at CMS’s proposed rule to reduce regulatory burdens on providers…An update on legislation to eliminate the gag clause….HELP Committee’s hearing on how improving transparency can address high health care costs.

9/13/2018: Status report on LHHS appropriations for FY 2019…An overview of Tax Reform 2.0…Summaries of four Medicare bills passed in the House.

8/2/2018: Highlights from CMS’ proposed rule on OPPS and ASC payment rates…Senate HELP Committee’s hearing on reducing administrative spending in health care…The return of risk adjustment payments.

7/26/2018: An overview of health care bills recently passed in the House…FDA’s new working group on drug importation…Details of drug manufacturers’ announcements on price reductions and price freezes.

7/19/2018: CMS’ latest cuts to the Navigator Program…Overview of HSA and insurance bills approved by House Ways and Means Committee…A brief look at proposed Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program changes for Contract Year 2019.

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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.


5/30/2018: A recap of the Medicare Part B Competitive Acquisition Program that was discontinued by CMS in 2008.

5/11/2018: The Trump administration’s drug pricing plan.

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