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Latest Update

  • Congress is currently reviewing competing drug packages: H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019 and S. 2543, the Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act.

  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced a plan to collect 340B drug acquisition costs from hospitals. 


Analysis or Summary
CY 2020 Medicare OPPS Proposed Rule Comment Letter
October 9, 2019

CHA submitted a comment letter for CMS' CY 2020 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule.

Analysis or Summary
CHA Comments on Proposed Rule to Roll Back Nondiscrimination Protections
August 13, 2019

HHS released a proposed rule to roll back key aspects of a former rule that implemented the ACA's non-discrimination provisions, known as Section 1557.

Analysis or Summary
Feedback needed on Senate HELP committee health care cost package
May 31, 2019

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee released a discussion draft on health care costs. CHA is requesting feedback from children’s hospitals to inform our comments and has drafted the attached list of questions relating to areas of focus.

Analysis or Summary
Modernizing Part D and Medicare Advantage to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out-of-Pocket Expenses Proposed Rule
May 23, 2019

On May 23, CMS published a final rule in the Federal Register to modernize Part D and Medicare Advantage.

Minimizing Opioid Misuse in Adults and Treating Pain in Children
April 26, 2019

This pain management advocate shares his thoughts on opioids and pediatric patients.

Analysis or Summary
Summary of Final Annual Guidance for Private Insurance Plans
April 25, 2019

This CHA summary of the 2020 Final Notice of Benefits and Payment Parameters highlights several policies that could impact children’s commercial health coverage.

Rethinking Children's Pain Management in the Opioid Crisis
April 16, 2019

Current prescribing strategies may look like fewer opioids paired with other, non-opioid pain management tactics.

5 Considerations for Children's Hospitals' Pain Management Practices
April 16, 2019

One pain expert says there are things providers should consider when prescribing opioids so children don’t have to endure unnecessary pain.

Balancing Pediatric Patient Care and Effective Pain Management
April 16, 2019

How Seattle Children’s Hospital manages prescribing opioids for postoperative pain.

Defining Opioid Misuse and Abuse
April 16, 2019

A pediatric pain medicine expert discusses striking a balance in prescribing opioids to children.

Letter or Testimony
CHA Endorses Bills to Improve Competition in Generic Drug Market
April 11, 2019

CHA signs letter endorsing bills to increase competition in the generic drug market.

Analysis or Summary
Implications for Children of TX ACA Court Ruling
March 28, 2019

The Texas Federal District Court issued a ruling that the ACA's individual mandate and the entire law unconstitutional.

3 Interventions to Reduce Variation in Opioid Prescribing for Pediatric Patients
March 20, 2019

Children’s Hospital Colorado outlines its approach to determining pediatric-specific recommendations for opioid prescribing.

How Pharmacogenomics Can Improve Pediatric Patient Safety
March 20, 2019

Pharmacogenomics is the study of using a patient's genomic makeup to recommend medications, potentially reducing patient harm and improving medication adherence.

Talking Points
How 340B Helps Hospitals
March 7, 2019

The federal 340B program supports children's hospitals in their mission to serve low-income, uninsured and under-insured patients.

Analysis or Summary
Seven Pharmaceutical Executives Testify before Senate Finance
February 27, 2019

Summary of Drug Pricing in America: A Prescription for Change, Part II hearing.

Analysis or Summary
HHS Proposes Revisions to Anti-Kickback Statute Safe Harbor to Eliminate Drug Rebates for PBM’s
February 21, 2019

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register that would eliminate from safe harbor protection under the Anti-Kickback Statute rebates on prescription drugs.

Announcement or News
CHA Joins Allied Hospitals Partners in Running Pro-340B Ads
February 7, 2019

CHA joined allied DC based hospital associations in promoting the 340B Drug Discount Program by running ads.

Standard or Guideline
Tips for Complying with the AHA 340B Stewardship Principles - Children’s Hospital Perspective
February 1, 2019

The American Hospital Association (AHA) launched principles for ensuring good stewardship of the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

Analysis or Summary
Congress Holds Drug Price Hearings
February 1, 2019

Summaries covering the House Oversight and Reform Committee and the Senate Finance Committee hearings on drug prices.

Analysis or Summary
International Pricing Index Model for Medicare Part B Drugs
December 31, 2018

CMS released an advance notice of proposed rulemaking with comment that describes a new model for reimbursing select Medicare Part B drugs.

Analysis or Summary
President Signs Opioid Package
October 22, 2018

The President signed into law H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act.

How Children's Hospitals are Confronting the Opioid Crisis
October 18, 2018

Explore stories of how hospitals are creating new programs and best practices to address opioid use.

Letter or Testimony
CHA sends letter to H.R. 6 conferees highlighting pediatric provisions
September 20, 2018

CHA sent a letter to the conferees this week regarding an amended version of H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act.


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