Mid-week Miscellany

  • According to the Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, The Senate is proceeding with debate on the State Children’s Health Insurance Program reauthorization bill (S. 1893) and the House can proceed to consider its reauthorization bill (HR 3162) after majority revisions were made to satisfy pay as you go requirements. The President sent veto threats to the Senate on Monday and to the House today.
  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have further delayed opening the public database of HIPAA National Provider Identifiers (NPPES).
  • According to Government HIT magazine, OMB added compliance with the President’s August 2006 health information technology executive order as an element of OPM’s management agenda scorecard card.
  • NCQA released its final HEDIS quality measure standards for PPO plans today.
  • OPM Director Linda Springer testified before Congress on federal employee pay issues yesterday.