The House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee should hold hearings on deadly, antibiotic-resistant bacteria on the rise, according to a March 7 letter from lawmakers.
Republican House leaders say they will continue to fight a part of the healthcare reform law that could lead to Medicare spending reductions without direct input from Congress. The House was scheduled to vote on rules for the 113th Congress Thursday. Part of them would include a GOP-promoted package that would disallow powers of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).
As lawmakers negotiated a budget deal Thursday, the American Health Care Association voiced its objection to cutting the Medicaid Provider Assessment statutory threshold.
Providers can now download thousands of mobile health applications. These apps allow users to examine issues ranging from glucose levels to resident movement. But it's not always easy to tell which apps truly deliver as promised.
The House and Senate voted Friday morning to pass a two-month extension of the so-called "doc fix," preventing a scheduled 27.4% cut in Medicare payments for physicians.
Congressional Democrats are calling for a full review of the Medicare Part D program following a recent audit that found that many program sponsors have been overcharging beneficiaries by underestimating manufacturer rebates in their bids.