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Draft bill gives FDA oversight of sterile compounding manufacturers

A draft bill that aims to address regulatory gaps in oversight of pharmaceutical compounding would give the FDA authority to regulate compounding manufacturers that make sterile products without, or in...

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Senators push for publicly accessible Medicare claims data

  Medicare claims data would be transparent to the public via a free, searchable database if a bill introduced June 18 becomes law. The Medicare Data Access for Transparency and Accountability Act...

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NABP supports Senate compounding legislation

Testifying before a congressional committee weighing options to strengthen oversight of compounding pharmacies, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Executive Director Carmen Catizone supported...

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PCMA’s plan to curb Rx drug abuse, Medicare fraud

The Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) has asked Congress to consider policy changes it believes will reduce prescription drug abuse and Medicare fraud. PCMA’s Safe Rx Initiative is...

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SGR reform proposal calls for 10-year pay freeze, new incentive program

A new proposal  to reform the broken Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula has emerged from Congress. It calls for a repeal of the SGR, a 10-year payment freeze and a new performance-based incentive...

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House approves Medicare SGR repeal bill

Washington, DC—Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved Medicare payment reform legislation that would eliminate the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) from the Medicare physician fee-setting...

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ICD-10 delayed for 1 year, Medicare fee cut

  Washington, DC—Congress has approved legislation delaying for 1 year a massive 24% Medicare fee cut, which had been scheduled to take effect April 1, as well as implementation of the ICD-10-CM coding...

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Congress delays Medicare fee cut, ICD-10

Washington, DC—Congress has approved legislation delaying for 1 year a massive 24% Medicare fee cut, which had been scheduled to take effect April 1, as well as implementation of the ICD-10-CM coding...

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WV pharmacist vying for congressional seat

A West Virginia pharmacist has tossed his hat into the ring for the Republican nomination for Congress in the state’s 2nd District. Ken Reed graduated from the West Virginia School of Pharmacy in...

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Association update: AOA advocates on Capitol Hill, AAO launches online...

More than 300 optometrists and students recently visited every U.S. Senator and House member in Washington, DC for the American Optometric Association’s 2014 Congressional Advocacy Conference in an...

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FDA to issue 2 draft guidance documents on lab-developed tests

Washington, DC—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently notified Congress that it intends to issue drafts of guidance documents on lab-developed tests. The draft guidance is titled...

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Pharmacist one step closer to Congress

With his recent victory in the Republican runoff for Georgia’s 1st Congressional District, State Sen. Buddy Carter, a pharmacist, is now considered the favorite to win the seat in November. Carter...

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Health IT stakeholders: Time for Congress to take action

Nearly 60 health information technology (IT) stakeholders want Congress to take action to clear up uncertainty surrounding the regulation and oversight of health IT, according to a letter the group...

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'Primary care cliff' threatens community health centers

More than 100 organizations have petitioned Congress to halt cuts to community-based primary care programs before funding expires at the end of 2015. Dubbed the “primary care cliff” in the letter...

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Pharmacist elected to Congress

State Sen. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, became the only pharmacist in Congress this week when voters from Georgia’s First Congressional District selected him as their representative. Carter received 61% of...

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ONC must decertify closed-platform EHR systems, Congress demands

For months, lawmakers have been calling out the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) for the lack of interoperability between healthcare technology systems. Now Congress is demanding...

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MU2 flexibility bill gains bipartisan support

Legislators are stepping up in attempts to help physicians avoid impending meaningful use stage 2 (MU2) penalties that could affect the majority of eligible healthcare providers. If passed, the...

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Medical device tax targeted by new GOP Senate

Consensus on the best regulatory framework under which providers, payers, pharmaceutical companies and medical device makers can operate has been elusive on Capitol Hill in the last few election...

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Americans want drug pricing reform

Soaring prescription drug prices is quickly becoming a hot-button political topic, as American consumers are saying that pricing is out-of-control. When asked what the next healthcare priority should...

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How Congress finally killed SGR

What a difference a year makes. Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA)—also known as the “doc fix” in mid-April by overwhelming, bipartisan votes. Contrast...

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