Weekend update

The FEHBlog spent his weekend driving up to New Haven, Connecticut, and back. The principal purpose of the trip was a visit a close friend who is hospitalized at Yale New Haven.  Consequently the FEHBlog has not had much time to think about this weekend update, but the trip was worthwhile.

Congress was in session last week as explicated in The Week in Congress.  Congress will continue in session this week and return to their home districts for the week following Memorial Day.

The House is working on the FY 2016 defense authorization bill which usually has government contracting implications for FEHB contractors and a 21st Century Cures Act which is aimed at the Food and Drug Administration. Here’s a link to a Health Affairs blog article on that important bill.  Health Data Management reports that the latest version of this bill also includes a rather strict electronic medical records interoperability mandate.