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House GOP Continues Quest For 'Big Ugly' Basic Health Plan Information

House Republicans are looking for documents from HHS to determine whether the department is illegally spending money on the Affordable Care Act's Basic Health Program, a House aide told Inside Health Policy this week.

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HHS anticipates having $7.7 billion in reinsurance collections that can be used for 2015 plan year payments to reimburse exchange plans for high-cost claims, the department announced in guidance out Friday.

The House on Friday (Feb. 12) approved a bill that would loosen requirements in FDA's controversial menu labeling rule and push the enactment back even further.

Hospitals say CMS hasn't released enough information to justify the 0.2 percent cuts to hospitals pay when the two-midnight hospital admissions policy was implemented, and teaching hospitals say if CMS had explained the calculation, commentators would have been able to point out the flaws in the agency's logic.

As FDA strives to develop a regulatory structure to match the rapid advancements in the technology for diagnostic testing, a group representing pathologists stresses much of the groundwork for development of guidelines and standards has already been laid by professional societies.

FDA has taken the lead role in developing “voluntary measures” for cybersecurity as part of an interagency effort to craft government-wide policy on data security, according to a source involved in the group.

The U.S. medical device lobby is backing congressional Republicans in what is shaping up to be a partisan battle over whether the United States should be allowed to go beyond international limits on the transportation of lithium batteries on passenger aircraft and impose an outright ban, urging lawmakers this week to better enforce the current limits.

CMS said Thursday (Feb. 11) that Medicare drug plans are offering preferred cost-sharing pharmacies that are closer to beneficiaries in response to the agency's intervention.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) on Thursday (Feb. 11) filed cloture for a vote on the nomination of Robert Califf as FDA commissioner.