CMSA: Washington Update
Fri., August 28, 2015
11:00 a.m. CDT
“Washington Update” will focus on current policy events that have been shaping the legislative landscape of the 114th Congress and beyond. After the 2014 elections, in which the Republicans gained a stronger hold in the House and took back the Senate, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) have used their leadership positions in their respective chambers to push a conservative agenda on the Hill while tackling major health policy challenges.
One of those biggest successes has been the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), which had been “patched” for 18 consecutive years until it was finally repealed and replaced in April of this year. Additionally upcoming health care opportunities include the 21st Century Cures Initiative, led by House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and fellow Committee member Diana DeGette (D-CO), the Senate Finance Committee Working Group on chronic care reform, and additional health priorities being addressed in both the House and Senate.
With the House and Senate gearing up for another tough and high profile election cycle, it can be expected that major issues, especially those in the health arena, will be forced into the spotlight as candidates and parties vie for office. This presentation will give an overview of the current political environment, current legislative actions in the health care arena, and will focus on how external factors including the upcoming elections will impact actions in the House, Senate, and Administration.
- Attendees will leave with a heightened sense of the current political landscape and the factors that are currently driving the debate over federal health care programs;
- Be able to identify the most significant federal policy challenges and opportunities facing the coordination and transitional care community;
- Have a better sense of how health care reform, both in ACA repeal and additional legislative opportunities, will impact patients and providers and;
- Understand how the 2016 elections are affecting health care policy decisions being formed today.