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Comparative Effectiveness of Medical Treatments, Drug Therapies, and Clinical Practices: AHRQ’s Effective Health Care Program

Normally, $15 million a year doesn't buy you much in the federal government. A notable exception is the Effective Health Care Program at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Drug manufacturers, device makers, health plans, state Medicaid agencies, Wall Street analysts, physicians, and patient groups should all follow it closely. The Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) authorized...

Enhancing Drug Safety and Innovation Act of 2007

The Enhancing Drug Safety and Innovation Act of 2007 (reintroduced as Senate Bill 484), sponsored by Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) and co-sponsored by Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA), is worth watching as the new Congress contemplates pharmaceutical industry legislation. As proposed, The Enhancing Drug Safety and Innovation Act of 2007 has five components: 1. Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act...

CMS Leadership Changes: Likely New Leadership at Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

My sources in the Bush Administration tell me that the President will nominate Kerry Weems as the next administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Mr. Weems, a savvy finance expert with a long career at HHS, is well-liked by HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt, former Secretary Tommy Thompson, and the White House Office of Management and...

White House Oversight of CMS and FDA: Office of Management and Budget Gets Expanded Role in Medicare, Medicaid, and Drug Industry Policy

Under a new Executive Order, President Bush has significantly expanded the authority of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) over policymaking by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Specifically, OMB now has the authority to review and approve a vast array of written guidance issued day-to-day by CMS...

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