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Providers Urge Lawmakers To Move On Bigger Medicare Pay Reforms

Doctors, hospitals and hospices say the House-passed legislation to phase in Medicare sequester cuts and tackle other reimbursement issues needs to be followed up by a longer-term look at how to stabilize the Medicare pay system, but key House committees at press time were mum on any future work -- though more than half of the House earlier this year pushed for broader reforms along with relief for the 2022 cuts.

House Passes Bill To Phase In Medicare Sequester, Ease Some Provider Cuts

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BioNTech Says COVID Vax Should Be Three Doses To Protect From Omicron

BioNTech officials on Wednesday (Dec. 8) said the company’s COVID-19 vaccine, which it produces in partnership with Pfizer, should be a three-dose vaccine, given recent laboratory data that show the primary two-dose regimen might not provide enough protection against infection from the Omicron variant, which was first identified in South Africa and has since spread across the globe.

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Stakeholders squared off again over what factors independent dispute resolution panels should consider when they settle payment disputes, as they met this week’s deadline to comment on the administration’s latest, highly controversial regulation implementing the surprise billing law.

Employers might not be able to offer telehealth services to workers with HDHP-HSAs pre-deductible as of Jan. 1, after the House failed to include an extension of the policy in its newly passed provider relief measure, now pending in the Senate, despite a flurry of lobbying and last-minute consideration by lawmakers, sources say.

The Senate health committee will hold a hearing next Tuesday (Dec. 14) to consider President Joe Biden’s FDA chief-nominee Robert Califf, committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) announced Tuesday (Dec. 7).

Vice President Kamala Harris issued a call-to-action Tuesday (Dec. 6) to address the country’s high maternal mortality rate while CMS announced plans to create a “Birthing-Friendly” hospital quality designation and HHS said an estimated 720,000 Americans would gain coverage if every state would extend Medicaid postpartum coverage to one year.

The House could vote Tuesday night (Dec. 7) on bills to avoid the Medicare provider cuts, debt limit and statutory Pay-As-You-Go 4% cut, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer’s (MD) schedule reveals.

The White House is reviewing an FDA draft guidance that will address development of non-opioid drugs for acute pain, coming as lawmakers and public health experts push for more non-opioid, non-addictive pain medicines to help curb opioid addiction.

The House Oversight Committee will hold a hearing Thursday (Dec. 9) on findings from the ninth and final report of its three-year investigation into drug price-setting practices, Oversight Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) announced Friday.

The Biden administration should immediately prevent half of the $21.60 a month increase in Medicare Part B premiums from going into effect next year, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said in a letter to President Joe Biden Friday (Dec. 3), targeting the contingency reserve CMS created to pay for the controversial Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm.

CMS is seeking feedback from patients and other stakeholders on ways to reform the organ transplant and kidney dialysis programs, including how to improve transplant equity and reduce the number of organs discarded instead of transplanted.