July 19, 2016



Change in Global Surgery Payment Policy

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CMS continues to allow a 90-day reporting period for Electronic Health Records (EHR) in 2016

Strengthening our Nation’s Trauma Care System

The Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act Passes Committee

Senate Finance Committee Holds MACRA Hearing

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Representative Steny Hoyer’s Georgetown Law Lecture

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Stark Law Hearing

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The Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act Passes Committee

On July 13th, the Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee passed HR 921, The Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act. HR 921 will provide legal protection for athletic trainers and sports medicine professionals who travel to other states with an athletic team to provide medical services.

The bill aims to preserve sports athletes and athletic teams’ access to sports medicine professionals who provide professional health care services and will allow trainers and sports medicine providers to engage in the treatment of their injured athletes across state lines without fear of incurring a professional loss.

Said Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ): “I support H.R. 921, the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act that will ensure that sports medicine professionals are covered by their liability insurance while they are traveling with their teams.  This is a commonsense bill that solves a problem unique to sports medicine professionals since they travel around the country with their teams.”

Also passed in the same committee session were two other bipartisan bills focused on public health: The Special Needs Trust Fairness Act of 2015, which would amend the Social Security Act to allow individuals to set up their own special needs trust, and the Strengthening Public Health Emergency Response Act of 2015, which would examine state and local preparedness efforts to examine how our communities can be strengthened. Said Energy and Commerce chairman Fred Upton (R-MI): “With these three bills, we boost emergency preparedness and national security, expand access to special needs trusts, and ensure health professionals are protected while providing care to their athletes on the road. We’ve had great bipartisan success working together to improve the public health, and these three bills build upon our proven record of success.