This Week in Washington (6-11-12)

This Week in Washington

The Senate has a busy week of hearings ahead (see below), and the House is taking (another) vacation. CMS is scheduled to release its spending projections for the year via a Health Affairs article on Tuesday. We continue to anxiously await a Supreme Court ruling on the healthcare law. Obviously, one did not come this morning even though decisions are announced on Mondays and Thursdays at around 10 a.m. EDT. You can guess what we are doing at those times every week, even though conventional wisdom is that the decision will be announced in the last week of June. As of today, the Court has yet to rule on 11 cases in addition to the cases challenging PPACA before they wrap up for the year on either June 25 or 28.

Thee Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education and Other Related Agencies has scheduled a hearing for 2:30 pm EDT on Tuesday, June 12, on the fiscal year 2013 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations.

The Senate Special Aging Committee on Wednesday, June 13, at 2 p.m. EDT will hold a hearing on care options for people with advanced illnesses.

The Senate Appropriations Committee has tentatively scheduled a markup of the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill for Thursday, June 14.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security has scheduled a hearing for 10 a.m. EDT, on Thursday, June 14, on efforts to curb waste and fraud in Medicaid.

The Senate Finance Committee at 10 a.m. EDT, on Thursday, June 14, will hold a roundtable discussion titled, “Medicare Physician Payment Policy: Lessons from the Private Sector.” Scheduled participants are:

  • Dana Safran, senior vice president, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Peter Edwards, president of provider development, Humana
  • Lonny Reisman, senior vice president and chief medical officer, Aetna
  • Chet Burrell, president and CEO, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Darryl Cardoza, president and CEO, Hill Physicians Medical Group (San Francisco)
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