The House Energy & Commerce Committee today unanimously passed H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act, by a vote of 51 – 0. Legislative text is available here. The bi-partisan bill was first introduced in January 2015 by House E&C Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO). The bill includes ideas proposed by both Republicans and Democrats, whose goal was to “conduct a comprehensive look at the cycle of cures – from discovery to development to delivery.”
NASL Board Member Co-Authors Article in ASHA Leader and NASL Meets with Therapy Organizations. This month, ASHA’s publication, Leader features an article co-written by NASL Board Member, Margaret Hemm, Ed.D. CCC-SLP and Janet Brown, ASHA staff. See article here. Garry Pezzano, President of NASL, is quoted in the article that details several meetings NASL leaders have had with ASHA (photo) regarding issues arising from speech language pathologists.
CMS Issues Proposed Payment Rules for FY 2016 – Read NASL's summary of how CMS’ proposals may impact SNFs, IRFs, LTCHs and acute care hospitals as early as October 1, 2015.
President Barack Obama signed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act into law in a ceremony attended by both House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. "[I]t's going to be good for people who use Medicare. It's going to be good for our seniors. Ultimately it's going to be good for all of us," the President said.
CMS released the 2016 SNF PPS Proposed Rule CMS-1622-P, Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) for FY 2016, SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program, SNF Quality Reporting Program, and Staffing Data Collection. A public inspection copy is available for download now; a CMS Fact Sheet is also available. The proposed rule is expected to be published in the Federal Register on April 20, 2015.
Late this evening, the Senate passed H.R. 2 (the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act) by a vote of 92-8, repealing SGR. President Obama is expect to sign the bill on Thursday. Thank you to our NASL advocates for your efforts to encourage your Senators to pass this important legislation.
Today, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2), by a vote of 392-32. NASL members should take action now to encourage their Senator to support and vote for the permanent SGR repeal package before the Senate leaves for a two week recess and the current SGR patch expires on March 31st The package permanently eliminates Medicare’s SGR formula for physicians and Part B outpatient providers.
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