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56th EditionOctober 26, 2018

Emory in the Community

Emory Quarterly Community Meeting

Emory's Community Affairs team strives to connect on a regular basis with our community partners. On October 15, Robin Morey, VP and Chief Planning Officer shared Emory’s Master Planning process with neighbors from the surrounding community, who shared their questions and feedback.

 

Federal Update

HHS Region IV Director Visit

On October 17, HHS Region 4 Director Renee Ellmers visited Emory to learn more about our partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She visited the Winship Cancer Institute where she spoke with Dr. Wally Curran about what it means to be Georgia’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Adam Marcus conducted a lab tour showing the collaborative work happening at Emory. She also toured the new EUH hospital tower with Dr. Bryce Gartland, learning about Emory’s commitment to patient centered care.

Over lunch with Director Ellmers, Michael Zwick and Melissa Alperin provided a research overview and briefed her on our collaborative Public Health Training Center. Finally, Director Ellmers spent time with Dr. Jon Lewin, Dr. Colleen Kraft and Sharon Vanairsdale, touring the Serious Communicable Diseases Unit (SCDU) and reviewing some of the latest training techniques being used to ensure the safety of our healthcare workers. 

President Trump Announces New Drug Pricing Plan

On October 25, President Trump released a new drug pricing plan. With the goal of reducing the cost of prescription drugs, this proposal focuses on Medicare drugs administered in physician offices and hospital outpatient clinics.  Medicare Part D remains unchanged at this point. The announcement lays out a pilot program that focuses on three areas:

  • Creates a new pricing index for Medicare Part B drugs through a pilot program covering up to 50% of the country.
  • Allows drugs to be sold to vendors instead of directly to medical professionals and hospitals.  
  • Changes the current fee structure for storing medications from a percentage fee to a flat fee.

It is important to note that this is an advance notification for future rulemaking. We expect a formal proposal to come out in Spring 2019 with implementation in Fall 2019. Please keep an eye on the Emory Capitol Report for updates. For more information, please see the fact sheet here: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/anprm-international-pricing-index-model-medicare-part-b-drug

Emory featured in NAUBO advocacy materials

The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) has recognized Emory’s federal team for its collaborative advocacy work. In a recent release, NACUBO highlights the important work being led by Emory’s Director of Federal Affairs, Jessica Davis. The NACUBO interview with Jessica, as well as her advocacy tips, can be found here.

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