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On the Hill: Congress on Recess, IMPACT Introduced, Hearings on Medicare Program Integrity, 21st Century Cures

Congress is on recess this week to celebrate Independence Day and will return to session next week.

On June 26, the leadership of the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to strengthen and improve Medicare beneficiaries’ postacute care. The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act would standardize data to focus on quality and efficiency in future payment reforms.

Last week the House Energy and Commerce Committee held two hearings. The first focused on Medicare program integrity, identifying ways to prevent errors, fraud, and abuse in the Medicare program. The second was on the 21st Century Cures initiative, focusing on digital health care as part of an initiative  to evaluate Congress’ role in better connecting medical advancements with their governing regulatory policies.

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Walsh is the senior manager of legislative affairs for America's Essential Hospitals.