Public Policy and Advocacy

ASPEN advocates on behalf of the field of clinical nutrition to drive improvements in clinician experience and patient outcomes. Our scope includes high priority issues pertaining to nutrition support, including working in coalition with other like-minded organizations, as appropriate. Our advocacy objectives include working with the U.S. Congress, the Executive Branch (including HHS, NIH, regulatory agencies, CMS, and AHRQ), public/private groups, and the courts.

Objectives

Improve the quality and safety of all patients/consumers receiving nutrition support

Advocate for fair reimbursement to ensure that beneficiaries of government funded health programs receive the highest quality nutrition support care

Sponsor the concept of a fair marketplace that does not jeopardize the provision of safe and quality nutrition support

Priority Issues

Health Care Reform

House passed a health care reform bill in April 2017 and the Senate version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) is due for a vote in the next week or so. Senate bill  

FDA Reauthorization Act

FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 (or FDARA). This legislation is a consolidated vehicle meant to reauthorize all four FDA user fee programs, including the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA), Medical Device User Fee Act (MDUFA), Generic Drug User Fee Act (GDUFA), and Biosimilar User Fee Act (BsUFA). House version HR. 2430 Senate version S.934   

The Medicare Part B Home Infusion Services Temporary Transitional Payment Act

The Medicare Part B Home Infusion Services Temporary Transitional Payment Act (HR 3163). The legislation addresses a gap in reimbursement payments for home infusion services under Medicare Part B that was created by the December 2016 enactment of the 21st Century Cures Act (The Cures Act). The bill, introduced in the House of Representatives, would create a temporary transitional payment beginning January 1, 2019, for services related to Part B Durable Medical Equipment (DME) infusion drugs.

Medically Necessary Food Bill Introduced in Congress

Both a Senate Bill S.1194  and a House Bill HR. 2587 were introduced into Congress in late May 2017. The purpose of these pieces of legislation is to provide for the coverage of medically necessary food and vitamins for digestive and inherited metabolic disorders under Federal health programs and private health insurance. Please review these bills and if you wish, reach out to your congressional members to ask them to co-sponsor these bills.

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