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By Haley Nicholson

Over the past few months HHS, CMS, the FDA and the CDC have been working on a number of policies through: proposed and draft rules, published final rules and guidance sent to the states.

Read a full breakdown by month and agency.

Top priorities included:

The implementation of and new proposals for medical payment systems and transparency practices.

Recommendations for quality measures in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

New initiatives to expand resources across health conditions including kidney health and HIV infection rates. 

Exploring the resources needed to reduce drug overdose deaths, updates on agencies’ implementation of health-related legislation from Congress.

Keeping states updated on emerging public health emergencies.

Haley Nicholson is senior policy director, health, in NCSL’s State-Federal Program

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