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May 18, 2018
President Trump today announced that he will nominate Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to lead the department permanently. Wilkie has served as acting VA secretary since March 28. Wilkie is the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. He is the principal advisor to the…
May 17, 2018
The House Energy and Commerce Committee today approved more than 20 bills to address the opioid crisis. Among other measures, the bills would require the Department of Health and Human Services to establish an action plan to address the opioid crisis; instruct the Centers for Medicare &…
May 16, 2018
The AHA and seven other national hospital organizations yesterday voiced strong support for legislation that would allow states to receive federal matching funds for services provided to a Medicaid beneficiary with a substance use disorder in an Institution for Mental Disease. “Since 1965, the…
May 15, 2018
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee today held the second in a series of hearings examining the 340B drug savings program.   At the hearing, representatives from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General and Government Accountability Office…
May 14, 2018
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar today provided additional information on steps the agency will take to implement the president’s blueprint to lower prescription drug costs. “In short order, we will be issuing a request for proposal to make new use of an alternative system for buying…
May 11, 2018
President Trump today unveiled his administration’s blueprint to lower prescription drug prices, which also solicits input on potential actions the Department of Health and Human Services may take to improve competition and negotiation and lower costs. Among other actions, for example, HHS may…
May 10, 2018
The House last night voted 230 to 185 to approve the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act (H.R. 5645), AHA-supported legislation that would standardize the merger review process for the two federal antitrust agencies. “The SMARTER Act helps hospitals and health systems…
May 7, 2018
Watch the video Sen. Susan M. Collins (R-ME) accepted the AHA Honorary Life Membership Award for her contributions to hospitals and health care in America. Collins, who chairs the Senate Special Committee on Aging and is a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, has…
Apr 24, 2018
AHA today urged the Federal Communications Commission to reverse the “large and unexpected” funding cuts to Rural Health Care program participants in fiscal year 2017 and permanently adjust the program’s funding cap to prevent similar cuts in the future. The $400 million annual cap has been…
Apr 23, 2018
A group called Orangeworm has been observed installing malicious software called a custom backdoor Trojan within large international corporations that operate in the health care sector in the United States, Europe and Asia, cybersecurity software company Symantec announced today. First identified…