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CBO's new scoring policy could affect federal healthcare programs

By Bob Herman  |  May 19, 2015

The Congressional Budget Office is under new leadership, and the agency made it clear Tuesday that a different type of economic analysis will be used to study the effects of federal spending policies, particularly those in healthcare. That could affect projections regarding the ACA.

Lobbying groups hungrily eye fast-moving FDA overhaul bill

Lobbying groups hungrily eye fast-moving FDA overhaul bill

By Darius Tahir  |  May 16, 2015

Why is the nation's capital suddenly obsessed with biomedical innovation? And why is the fruit of that obsession, the 21st Century Cures Act, moving like a greased pig through the usually deadlocked Congress—even as some experts warn it could undermine the FDA's ability to protect the public...

Senate adopts Republican budget targeting Obamacare

By Associated Press  |  May 06, 2015

The Senate on Tuesday adopted a Republican budget that paves the way for an assault on President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law this summer and a partisan showdown over spending bills this fall.

Beware a 21st Century Quackery Act

Beware a 21st Century Quackery Act

By Merrill Goozner  |  May 02, 2015

Proposed legislation “modernizing” the Food and Drug Administration's approach to approving breakthrough drugs and devices would undermine the agency's ability to protect the American public from unproven and possibly unsafe new products.

New medical innovation bill draft boosts NIH funding

By Darius Tahir  |  April 29, 2015

A new draft of House legislation that creates significant new regulatory leeway for drug and device companies now includes more funding for the National Institutes of Health. The revised draft represents a compromise with Democrats who withdrew support for the initial bill.

Healthcare logjam breaks in Congress

Healthcare logjam breaks in Congress

By Paul Demko  |  April 25, 2015

There are signs of a partisan thaw in Congress that is allowing movement on healthcare legislation in the wake of the recent Medicare physician-payment overhaul. And a sharp uptick in lobbying spending by major healthcare industry groups suggests stakeholders see at least a temporary break in the...

House and Senate budget talks target Affordable Care Act

House and Senate budget talks target Affordable Care Act

By Paul Demko  |  April 22, 2015

House and Senate Republicans are likely to agree on a budget that abolishes the healthcare reform law. But the real discussion about 2016 spending will come as another government shutdown looms toward the end of September.

Party on SGR's grave may end in hangover

Party on SGR's grave may end in hangover

By Paul Demko  |  April 15, 2015

The healthcare industry is celebrating the demise of Medicare's sustainable growth-rate formula for paying physicians. At least a few skeptics are already questioning the new framework, which is intended to push doctors to embrace value-based pay.

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