June 10-12: The American Medical Association’s annual meeting rolls on in Chicago with additional business sessions and the inauguration of Dr. Patrice Harris as the group’s president Tuesday night. Harris intends to ramp up the association’s attention to mental health, equity of care and adverse childhood events. To read more about her priorities, check out our Q&A on p. 32 of this week’s issue.
June 11: Drug patents continue to come under fire in Congress, as the Senate Judiciary Committee’s intellectual property subcommittee holds its third hearing on the state of patent eligibility. Witnesses include executives from Cleveland Clinic Innovations, Genentech and Johnson & Johnson.
June 12: Sick of surprise medical bills? So are lawmakers apparently. The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s health subcommittee will discuss how to protect patients from the costly and unexpected charges.
June 12: How is vertical integration affecting healthcare competition? That’s the question the Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee will ask in a hearing Wednesday. Three professors and one consultant will testify on how the moves affect physicians, insurers and even pharmacists.
June 12: Rounding out a busy Wednesday on the Hill, the House Ways and Means Committee will discuss how the country could move toward universal health coverage.