The House of Representatives released legislation, titled
the “American Health Care Act,” to repeal the Affordable Care Act. As
written, ASH has serious concerns that this legislation will reduce overall
access to coverage and treatment and would greatly impact patients with
hematologic diseases and disorders.
DEA Eliminates Grace Period for Registration Renewal
Through a notice on its website, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently announced significant changes to its registration renewal process. Effective January 1, 2017, the DEA is eliminating the informal grace period which the agency has previously allowed for registrants to renew their registrations.
CMS Announces End to Medicare Part B Drug Payment Model
On December 15, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the cancellation of Medicare Part B Drug Payment Model. CMS initially proposed the demonstration on March 8, 2016 to test new models in how physician-administered drugs are paid under the Medicare program.
NHLBI Small Business Innovation Research Funding Opportunity Fosters Production of Blood Cells From Stem Cells
ASH is pleased to see the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI) continuous support (RFA-HL-15-030) for the development of improved techniques to enhance the production of clinically relevant, functional stem cell-derived red blood cells or platelets.