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Staffing Mandate Lands In Court

As Nursing Homes Sue CMS Over Staffing Rule, AARP Backs Agency

The nation’s largest seniors lobby AARP said Friday (May 24) it backs CMS’ minimum staffing rule for nursing homes and will highlight the stakes for seniors, after the nursing home lobby sued Thursday to overturn the rule and as House lawmakers push legislation to repeal the staffing requirements.

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Senate Finance Releases Proposal To Increase Medicare GME Slots

A bipartisan group of six Senate Finance Committee members are asking for stakeholder feedback on a policy outline that calls for increasing by an unspecified amount Medicare graduate medical education slots, encouraging hospitals to train physicians in rural areas, creating a temporary council to improve the distribution of GME slots and improving data collection and transparency, among other things.

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FDA’s Oncology Center of Excellence (OCE) has launched a new OCE Equity Program as a successor to its Project Equity, which will continue to work on the issue of diverse enrollment in clinical trials and is already taking a lead role on the agency’s efforts related to guidance on diversity action plans pending at the White House.

A lawsuit brought by the state of Florida and the Catholic Medical Association against HHS’ rule that strengthens protections for LGBTQ+ patients and those seeking abortions by reestablishing non-discrimination protections under the Affordable Care Act’s section 1557 could further split circuit courts on whether prohibitions on sex discrimination also bar discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

FDA says there has been an increase in planned studies for pediatric cancer drugs since the implementation of the 2017 FDA Reauthorization Act (FDARA), but it’s too early to tell which provisions will advance new treatments of pediatric cancers and more collaboration among stakeholders is needed.

The Senate health committee approved Thursday (May 23) six bills that would reauthorize health care programs, including the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act and Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act. Senators also approved a bill to fund a study on the public health impacts resulting from the February 2023 train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio.