Mid week update

Following up on Sunday’s post, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a business meeting today, and the FEHBP PBM transparency and price setting bill (HR 4489) was not considered

Also, as mentioned on Sunday, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on federal workforce management held a hearing about federal work-life programs on Tuesday May 4.   Mr. Jonathan Foley, who testified on OPM’s behalf, provided an in-depth description of OPM’s federal workforce wellness initiatives.

Today, the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee held a hearing on trio of health care transparency bills.  I found Harvard Professor Regina Herzlinger’s testimony to be thought provoking. Modern Healthcare reports that Subcommittee Chair Frank Pallone (D NJ) “said he would not commit to advancing legislation that requires providers, payers and vendors to publicly disclose the cost of their services.”