Hart Health Strategies provides a comprehensive policy briefing on a weekly basis. This in-depth health policy briefing is sent out at the beginning of each week. The health policy briefing recaps the previous week and previews the week ahead. It alerts clients to upcoming congressional hearings, newly introduced bills, regulatory announcements, and implementation activity related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and other health laws.
THIS WEEK'S BRIEFING - AUGUST 18, 2014
- Ebola Virus Outbreak Elicits New Federal and State Actions
- VA Expands Primary Care Network Post VA Reform Legislation
- PPACA Activities Remain Active During Congressional Recess
- Courts Look Favorably on PPACA Challenges
- CMS Re-opens Opens Payment System
- Medicare Coverage Decision for TMVR
- CMS/FDA Approve Colon Cancer Screening Test
Ebola Virus Outbreak Elicits New Federal and State Actions
Although Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), has publicly announced that the risk of the spread of the Ebola virus outbreak to the United States is “extremely small”, he also said that Nigerian students returning to U.S. colleges will be screened for Ebola both when then they leave that country and when they arrive in the U.S. Also North Carolina public health officials announced that they will impose a 21-day mandatory quarantine for U.S. missionaries, staff and their families returning from countries affected by the Ebola virus. The NIAID director also said that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) plans to enter into a phase I clinical trial of an Ebola intervention in the fall. He cautioned, however, that a premature deployment of unproven interventions could cause inadvertent harm and that it is unlikely that any miracle cure will end the current epidemic. Nonetheless, Canada’s Public Health Agency reported that it will donate 800-1,000 doses of an experimental Ebola vaccine to counter the widening outbreak of the disease in West Africa.
VA Expands Primary Care Network Post VA Reform Legislation
Newly installed Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Robert McDonald, said that the Patient-Centered Community Care program instituted in January, under which the VA will develop a network of private providers specializing in mental health and emergency care, will be expanded to include primary care.