HIMSS19, here we come

Modern Healthcare - - The Week Ahead - —Matthew We­in­stock

FEB. 11-15: I’m go­ing to Disney World! No, the Mod­ern Health­care team didn’t just win the Su­per Bowl. But we will be join­ing more than 40,000 other health­care lead­ers in Or­lando for the mad­ness that is HIMSS19, which is branded “Cham­pi­ons of Health Unite.” Of course, the lat­est and great­est health IT in­no­va­tions will be on dis­play among the nearly 1,200 ven­dors. (Visit us at Booth 4843.) Top level HHS of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing Alex Azar, Seema Verma and Dr. Don­ald Rucker, are sched­uled to speak. Mod­ern Health­care will bring you daily cov­er­age on­line and in our news­let­ters. We’ll also have a con­fer­ence wrapup in the Feb. 18 mag­a­zine.

FEB. 12: The Se­nate Health, Ed­u­ca­tion, La­bor and Pen­sions Com­mit­tee sched­uled a hear­ing that will delve into the opi­oid cri­sis. The com­mit­tee will hear from ex­perts on treating pain, in­clud­ing Cindy Stein­berg, na­tional di­rec­tor of pol­icy and ad­vo­cacy at the U.S. Pain Foun­da­tion, and Dr. Halena Gazelka, as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of anes­the­si­ol­ogy and pe­ri­op­er­a­tive medicine and chair of the Mayo Clinic’s Opi­oid Stew­ard­ship Pro­gram.

FEB. 12: An­other week, an­other hear­ing on drug prices. This time it is the House Ways and Means Com­mit­tee, in a hear­ing called “The Cost of Ris­ing Pre­scrip­tion Drug Prices.”

FEB. 12: Drug prices, ap­proval of gener­ics and other key is­sues are sure to crop up when a House Ap­pro­pri­a­tions sub­com­mit­tee grills FDA Com­mis­sioner Dr. Scott Got­tlieb about his agency’s oper­a­tions. This is a rou­tine sta­tus re­port­ing hear­ing that com­mit­tees hold reg­u­larly.

FEB. 13: A House Ap­pro­pri­a­tions panel will look at the “chal­lenges” of long-term care for vet­er­ans.

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