A congressional fact of life is the dangerous “Christmas tree” bill, which passes with so much on it that many things don’t get the scrutiny they deserve. The 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law by President Obama on December 13, 2016, is such a bill.
President-elect Donald Trump has announced he will nominate Seema Verma, MPH, a consultant with extensive work in Medicaid in several states, to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Key members of a House of Representatives health subcommittee say they are determined to push out legislation intended to pay for better care coordination under Medicaid for children with complex medical conditions. However, key questions are who will do that coordination and how the money will flow.
In late April, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the final rules for remaking Medicaid managed care, starting a huge reform process that will impact the majority of Medicaid recipients.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) practically pleaded with Congress not to renew a 4-year-old program to give special voucher incentives to companies that develop drugs for rare pediatric diseases, saying it skews the agency’s work away from other priorities.