• On July 9, 2015, President Obama announced his intent to nominate four individuals to key Administration posts. These include Mary K. Wakefield, who will be nominated as Deputy Secretary of HHS, and Andy Slavitt, who will be nominated as CMS Administrator (Slavitt currently serves as Acting Administrator). The White House announcement on the nominations may be found here.
  • On July 8, 2015, the White House issued a set of draft guiding principles related to its “Precision Medicine Initiative”, or PMI, which was launched in January. In a press release, the White House said that these principles, “…will guide the development of a research cohort of one million or more participants who voluntarily contribute their health data to help us answer the many as yet unsolved mysteries of health and disease. These principles are being made available today as a working draft, with the intent of soliciting the broadest possible input and feedback from stakeholders, experts, and the public.”
  • On July 6, 2015, CMS and the American Medical Association (AMA) announced efforts to help physicians get ready in advance of the October 1st deadline to transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding for medical diagnoses and inpatient hospital procedures. In a press release, CMS explains, “Recognizing that health care providers need help with the transition, CMS and AMA are working to make sure physicians and other providers are ready ahead of the transition to ICD-10 that will happen on October 1. Reaching out to health care providers all across the country, CMS and AMA will in parallel be educating providers through webinars, on-site training, educational articles and national provider calls to help physicians and other health care providers learn about the updated codes and prepare for the transition.” CMS also detailed its operating plans for the ICD-10 implementation. New CMS guidance on ICD-10 may be found here.