Jan. 29: In another rare showing of bipartisanship, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee leaders are slated to hold a hearing on funding for community health centers, the National Health Service Corps, the teaching health center GME program, and diabetes programs at the National Institutes of Health and the Indian Health Service. Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and ranking member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have a bill that would fund the programs for five years.
Jan. 30: The Trump administration last year kicked off a listening tour asking the healthcare industry for input on how Stark/anti-kickback policies should be tweaked. HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan will talk about the effort during an event sponsored by the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy. If Hargan breaks news, we’ll have it here.
Jan. 31 (or earlier?): Might we finally be able to take the wraps off of the CommonSpirit Health brand? The initial closure—slated for the end of 2018—got pushed back to the end of January. Assuming the deal gets done, CommonSpirit will be based in Chicago. The system would have 140 hospitals, 150,000 employees, nearly $30 billion in revenue and more than 700 care sites across 21 states, including 30 hospitals in California.