Weekend Update

Congress returns to work on Capitol Hill following the Washington’s Birthday recess.  The Office of Management and Budget reportedly is expecting to send a first draft of the Fiscal Year 2018 budget to  Congress in mid-March.

Reuters reports that the President will meet with health insurance executives at the White House tomorrow. “Since taking office on Jan. 20, Trump has held a series of White House meetings with executives from different sectors including those from manufacturing companies, pharmaceutical makers, technology businesses and car makers.”

The Supreme Court will hear an FEHB case, Coventry Health Care v. Nevils, on March 1.  A Columbia Law School professor provides a preview of the oral argument on the Scotusblog.  Regrettably the FEHBlog’s schedule does not permit him to attend the oral argument in person.  Audio recordings of Supreme Court oral arguments are available on the Court’s website.

The FEHBlog ran across useful observations on last week’s HIMSS conference from a Health Data Management editor Fred Bazzoli and a Harvard Medical School CIO John Halamka. Also last week CMS consolidated its ICD-10 website.