Washington Update

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC

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On March 3, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Click Here To Read More

U.S. Court of Appeals Will Rehear ACA Premium Tax Credit Case

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has agreed to a rare en banc rehearing of a challenge to the legality of most federal subsidies that are now being paid for insurance premiums purchased under the Affordable Care Act... Click Here To Read More

Fiscal Year 2015 Appropriations Update and the End of the 113th Congress

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The U.S. Congress has recessed until after the November 4 mid-term elections. Before Congress departed, it passed a continuing resolution to keep the federal government operating until December 11, 2014. The president signed the funding measure (Public... Click Here To Read More

Public Hearing Held on Proposed College-Ratings System

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The Obama Administration’s proposed plan to rate colleges based on three criteria—affordability, access and outcomes—received extensive criticism during a public forum held in September. 

Education Secretary Arne Duncan has argued for greater transparency of and better information about U.S. colleges. To provide this, the Department... Click Here To Read More

Senate Holds Hearing on the Children’s Health Insurance Program

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The Senate subcommittee in charge of health care held a hearing on the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) last month, and health advocates said bipartisan support remains strong. The program, enacted in 1997,... Click Here To Read More

More Flexibility for Certification of Electronic Health Records

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a final rule on Release 2 of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) certification criteria. The new... Click Here To Read More

House Bill Extends Availability of Non-Compliant ACA Insurance Plans

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The House of Representatives has passed an amendment to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that extends to five years the time insurers can continue to sell group health plans that don’t meet the criteria established under the ACA. More... Click Here To Read More

CMS Open Payments System Goes Live

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The federal government’s Open Payments system went live on September 30 despite a series of problems earlier this year. The database, established under the Affordable Care Act, is intended to... Click Here To Read More

$90 Million to Support Large Studies of Clinical Effectiveness

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The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), which pays for large-scale studies that compare the effectiveness of different clinical approaches to various health care options, has announced its third Click Here To Read More

NIH Loan Repayment Programs Begin Next Application Cycle

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The next application cycle for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) loan repayment programs has started and will continue through November 17, 2014. The program was set up to provide an incentive to steer health professionals into research careers and includes opportunities... Click Here To Read More

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