Academy PAC Supports Former HHS Secretary Donna Shalala
Academy staff attended a fundraiser for Representative Donna Shalala (D-Florida) on June 5. Earlier in her career, Representative Shalala served as the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) from 1993 to 2001 and as such is the longest serving HHS Secretary in U.S. history. Representative Shalala is known for her health-care expertise particularly in the areas of Medicare and Medicaid.
Legislation Expected to Address Research Security
Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) announced in a June 5 Senate Finance Committee hearing that he plans to introduce a bill to protect federally funded research from theft. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) as of May 2019 had probed 61 institutions that had received grants in response to concerns regarding foreign governments’ influence. The legislation would require agencies to improve cybersecurity to protect research.
Congress Concerned About Possible Effects of Health-Care Consolidation
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on June 12 on consolidation in the healthcare industry and possible effects on patient choice and costs.
A growing body of evidence demonstrates the connection between health outcomes to income, education, nutrition, housing, environmental exposures, and other social circumstances. Similarly, studies have shown that interventions addressing SDOH can improve health outcomes and reduce health care costs. In response, the Biden-Harris Administration has released a playbook outlining new or strengthened initiatives that agencies…
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) posted on October 25, 2023 Advisory Opinion No. 23-08, in which OIG rejected a proposed arrangement from a cochlear implant device manufacturer (the requestor) that would provide a free hearing aid to certain qualified patients who received a cochlear implant. OIG concluded the…
Representatives Bilirakis and Cartwright Introduce the Medicare Audiology Access Improvement Act of 2023 (H.R. 6445)
On November 17, 2023, Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and Matt Cartwright (D-PA) introduced the Medicare Audiology Access improvement Act (H.R. 6445). This legislation is also co-sponsored by Representatives Johnson (R-OH), Shakowsky (D-IL), Mace (R-SC), Blunt Rochester (D-DE), Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Trone (D-MD), Webster (R-FL), Cohen (D-TN), LaMalfa (R-CA), Grijalva (D-AZ), Foster (D-IL) and Pocan (D-WI). Senators Elizabeth…