Tuesday, September 19, 2023

September 19, 2023: Congress Holds Hearing on CMS and Innovation

On September 19, 2023, the House Energy and Congress committee held a hearing on, "Examining policies to improve seniors’ access to innovative drugs, medical devices, and technology."

Find the home page here.  The agenda includes Dr Dora Hughes, chief medical officer for CMS. The E&C website links to the YouTube archive video stream.  Her ten page testimony here.  (Most of it, was a fairly dry review of LCD and NCD and CED processes).

Chair's remarks here.  

The most interesting document is the 6 page hearing memo here.  Remember, for Dora Hughes, this is essentially a hostile audience - the Republican House vs the Democratic HHS administration.  The hearing memo reviews 10 or 12 "legislative fixes" that have been proposed to improve the NCD and other CMS processes.


I've posted an unofficial auto transcript beginning with an unofficial detailed summary, in the cloud here.