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Bipartisan BETTER Act of 2019 Expected on the Ways and Means Committee Agenda this Fall   NASL, 8/14/2019

The Beneficiary Education Tools, Telehealth, and Extenders Reauthorization (BETTER) Act of 2019 (H.R. 3417) was introduced by House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) and Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX) on June 21st, 2019.  The legislation, which underwent a round of markups the last week of June, is a wide-ranging piece of health care legislation that seeks to improve the quality of, and access to, services for Medicare beneficiaries.  Read NASL's full analysis here.

General Announcement
FY2020 Budget Deal Signed into Law by President Trump   NASL, 8/14/2019

On August 1st, Congress passed and the President signed into law a two-year budget deal for fiscal year (FY) 2020 that raises government spending caps and suspends the debt ceiling through July 2021. As a result, the Senate will now be able to move forward on appropriations bills that need to be passed before the start of the next fiscal year on October 1, 2019, to fund government operations and therefore, avoid a government shutdown.

General Announcement
NASL Dives Into PACIO Project    NASL, 8/14/2019

The PACIO (pronounced pa-sē-ō) Project is one of at least 45 new health IT collaborations that have emerged in 2019. The initiative, which started off as the Post-Acute Care Interoperability (PAC IO) Workgroup, is sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and grew out of its work on the Data Element Library (DEL). 

General Announcement
OIG Releases Report on ACO Strategies for Transition to Value-Based Care    NASL, 8/14/2019

In July, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report entitled, ACOs’ Strategies for Transitioning to Value-Based Care: Lessons From the Medicare Shared Savings Program (OEI-02-15-00451). This review was conducted in light of the fact that Medicare spending is expected to exceed $1.5 trillion by 2028, which is more than double the $708 billion in spending in 2017.  In order to help control Medicare spending, while also promoting high-quality healthcare . . .

General Announcement
NASL’s 2018 Mid-Term Post-Election Outlook    NASL, 12/21/2018

The 2018 Mid-Term Congressional Elections have now come and gone, but resulted in significant changes to the makeup of Congress.  With Democrats taking control of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Republicans retaining control over the U.S. Senate, many changes are on the horizon for the 116th Congress in 2019, particularly with regard to the makeup of key, healthcare-related Congressional committees.



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