Academy PAC Supports Former HHS Secretary Donna Shalala
Academy staff attended a fundraiser for Representative Donna Shalala (D-Florida) on June 5. Earlier in her career, Representative Shalala served as the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) from 1993 to 2001 and as such is the longest serving HHS Secretary in U.S. history. Representative Shalala is known for her health-care expertise particularly in the areas of Medicare and Medicaid.
Legislation Expected to Address Research Security
Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) announced in a June 5 Senate Finance Committee hearing that he plans to introduce a bill to protect federally funded research from theft. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) as of May 2019 had probed 61 institutions that had received grants in response to concerns regarding foreign governments’ influence. The legislation would require agencies to improve cybersecurity to protect research.
Congress Concerned About Possible Effects of Health-Care Consolidation
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on June 12 on consolidation in the healthcare industry and possible effects on patient choice and costs.
On November 4, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) discussed how to standardize a set of three or four benefits—potentially hearing, vision and dental services—in Medicare Advantage (MA) for a future recommendation to Congress after MedPAC staff found that people have a more challenging time comparing plans when they have a variety of options. MedPAC…
The Academy submitted comments in response to a congressional Request for Information (RFI) seeking suggestions on how to stabilize the Medicare physician payment system, including reforming the current payment structure so it supports a system that provides greater value to patients and to clinicians. The Academy provided specific recommendations on the Medicare Physician Payment System…
By Patrick Gallagher, MBA, Executive Director Over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids (HAs) became officially available on Monday, October 17, 2022, and their introduction has been met with much fanfare in the media. Within the Academy community, the reaction has been more measured. The Academy has recognized that OTC HAs may be a way for adults to…