Grass­ley takes Fi­nance Com­mit­tee gavel, eyes hospi­tal over­sight

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Sen. Chuck Grass­ley has re­claimed the gavel of the Fi­nance Com­mit­tee, one of the most in­flu­en­tial health­care pol­icy pan­els in Congress. The se­nior Repub­li­can se­na­tor from Iowa, who is re­tir­ing in two years, has a decades­long rep­u­ta­tion for over­sight of the hospi­tal in­dus­try.

In lay­ing out his agenda, Grass­ley vowed to bring re­newed en­ergy to push­ing ac­count­abil­ity for the in­dus­try—with plenty of fo­cus on hos­pi­tals.

1. Tax ex­emp­tion: Last year Grass­ley kept on the case of tax-ex­empt hospi- tals and whether they pro­duce enough so-called com­mu­nity ben­e­fit to war­rant their priv­i­leged sta­tus. He promised more over­sight work on this is­sue in the next Congress.

2. 340B: Grass­ley was also an early po­lice­man of po­ten­tial abuses of the 340B drug dis­count by hos­pi­tals. He co-spon­sored legislation in the last Congress to step up re­port­ing re­quire­ments by hos­pi­tals and in this Congress said he wants to en­sure “trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity” for this pro­gram and oth­ers.

3. Hospi­tal ac­cred­i­ta­tion: Among his priorities for fed­eral agency over­sight are the ac­cred­it­ing agen­cies for hos­pi­tals and nurs­ing homes.

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