Excerpt: The committee has a long bipartisan history of conducting drug safety oversight and is very concerned about these recent developments. We intend to learn more from the FDA, CDC, and others who may provide insight into the details surrounding this outbreak and the prevention of future outbreaks. To read the letter to FDA, click here.
Excerpt: The $1 million spent on speed tests is perhaps emblematic. That stimulus funding, meant to help here at home, was sent abroad to U.K. company SamKnows and - according to the Recovery.Gov website - created no jobs. What was the rationale for sending Americans’ hard earned money overseas for a project that didn’t put any Americans to work, especially in the current fiscal climate?
Excerpt: In the months since the Supreme Court’s ruling that PPACA’s mandatory expansion of Medicaid was unconstitutional, governors and legislatures have been left to navigate alone the regulatory maze created by the absence of guidance from your Department. To read the letter, click here.
Excerpt: It is critical that your agency do everything possible to advance interoperability and meaningful use of HIT, not just in name only….More than four and a half years and two final Meaningful Use rules later, it is safe to say that we are no closer to interoperability in spite of the nearly $10 billion spent. With the bar for Meaningful Use set so low, and with a focus instead on trying to pad participation rates, these challenges are predictable.
Excerpt: “HHS has failed to provide substantive guidance to states on how the money is to be used,” Grassley and Upton wrote in a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “Unsurprisingly given these facts, news reports have shown how states have engaged in questionable contracts with taxpayer dollars…Ensuring proper use of American taxpayer dollars is of the upmost importance, and we trust that you share our concerns.”
Excerpt: Continuation of unfair government competition in the commercial sector impedes creation of the kinds of private-sector jobs that have never been more crucial for generating opportunity and jumpstarting the American economy. To read the letter, click here.