May 14, 2012 News Headlines
- House Committee Approves FDA User Fee/Drug Shortage Legislation
- Streck Honored by AHA
- CMS Releases New Data on Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments
House Committee Approves FDA User Fee/Drug Shortage Legislation
The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously approved legislation containing provisions aimed at mitigating the ongoing prescription drug shortages affecting hospitals and health systems and the patients they serve.
The bill would reauthorize the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authority to collect user fees for pharmaceuticals and medical devices. It would require manufacturers to provide early notification to FDA of pending shortages, enable FDA to expedite applications for manufacturing changes for drugs in shortage, and improve FDA’s recordkeeping related to drugs in shortage, among other provisions. These provisions will not solve the drug shortage crisis, but may alleviate current and future shortages.
Similar legislation was approved by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee last month. The House and Senate versions contain few major differences, and both are expected to receive floor votes as early as next week. HANYS strongly favors passage of these bills and is urging members of the New York Congressional Delegation to support them as they move forward. Contact: Chelsi Stevens
Streck Honored by AHA
On May 8 in Washington, D.C., AHA recognized New York’s grassroots advocate of the year: William Streck, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bassett Health Network in Cooperstown.
Dr. Streck has worked tirelessly alongside HANYS to urge the New York State Congressional Delegation to protect access to primary and specialty health care services that dozens of Bassett clinics provide to their communities covering 5,000 square miles.
These clinics and many more like them throughout New York State have come under attack by some on Capitol Hill.
CMS Releases New Data on Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the latest payment data for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Payment programs. The data show that 30 New York hospitals eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive payments successfully registered, attested, and drew down $64 million collectively in Medicare incentive payments, through March.
Nationwide, 911 eligible hospitals have received a total of $1.6 billion Medicare incentive payments through the end of March, an increase from the 796 hospitals that had received payment at the end of February. The list of eligible hospitals by state who have received Medicare incentive payment is available on CMS’ Web site.
CMS data show that 37 eligible hospitals in New York State have drawn down a total of $52 million in Medicaid EHR Incentive payments. Nationally, more than $2 billion in Medicaid incentive payments have been made to 1,756 eligible hospitals between January 2011 and the end of March 2012. Some of these hospitals have also received Medicare payments. Contact: Chelsi Stevens