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For Immediate Release

Thursday, May 16, 2002

Agency Agrees with Grassley to Make Nursing Home Study Public

WASHINGTON - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has decided to make a key nursing home staffing study widely available to the public. The decision came after Sen. Chuck Grassley, ranking member of the Committee on Finance, and Rep. Henry Waxman urged the move.



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For Release: Immediately

Contact: HHS Press Office

(202) 690-6343

SECRETARY THOMPSON ANNOUNCES U.S. APPOINTMENT TO WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION EXECUTIVE BOARD

HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced that the United States has been elected to a three-year position on the executive board of the World Health Organization (WHO). The announcement comes during the week of the 55th World Health Assembly meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, May 13-18.



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MEDICARE NEWS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CMS Public Affairs Office

May 15, 2002

CMS MODERATELY EXPANDS MEDICARE COVERAGE FOR INJECTED DRUGS:

Change Expected To Expand Drug Access For Multiple Sclerosis Patients

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced new guidance for Medicare contractors to use to determine whether a particular drug is "not usually self-administered" and therefore may be covered by Medicare.



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Wednesday, May 15, 2002

CONTACT: Ken Johnson or Peter Sheffield

202-225-5735

Tauzin Schedules Conference Committee

Meeting on Bioterrorism Bill

WASHINGTON (May 15) -- House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Billy Tauzin (R-LA), who is also Chairman of the House-Senate Conference Committee on H.R. 3448, the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Response Act of 2001, today announced Conferees will meet Thursday (May 16, at 11:00 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building.)



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