The Senate last week passed a fiscal 2019 spending package, 85-7. It includes funding for the Departments of Defense, Labor, Education and HHS. More than 300 amendments were filed, with more than 50 adopted by unanimous consent into the final bill. (An amendment from Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) to allow Critical Access Hospitals to convert to freestanding outpatient and emergency departments was not included). Under the new legislation, which now heads to the House, HHS would see a $2.3 billion boost, including a 5.4% increase for the National Institutes of Health, under the bill. Also included, was a provision that gives $1 million to HHS to implement regulations requiring drug companies to list their prices in TV ads.
Surgical Management Professionals Board Chair R. Blake Curd, MD is very active on Capitol Hill and works hard to support positive health care legislation. Mike Lipomi, Surgical Management Professional CEO, serves on the ASCA Legislative Committee and in addition to supporting positive health care legislation is able to keep the SMP centers up to date and in tune with future legislation.