HHS Weekly Stakeholder Bulletin – January 28-February 1, 2019

Weekly Stakeholder Bulletin
Week of January 28 to February 1, 2019

Trump Administration Proposes to Lower Drug Costs by Targeting Backdoor Rebates and Encouraging Direct Discounts to Patients
January 31, 2019


CMS Proposes Medicare Advantage and Part D Payment and Policy Updates to Maximize Competition and Coverage
January 30, 2019 

2020 Medicare Advantage and Part D Advance Notice Part II and Draft Call Letter
January 30, 2019

Speech: Remarks by Administrator Seema Verma at the 2019 CMS Quality Conference
January 29, 2019


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World Cancer Day – February 4, 2019
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is partnering with organizations from across the globe to observe World Cancer Day (WCD) on February 4. Sponsored by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), WCD enables individuals and partners across the cancer community to jointly raise awareness about cancer and the impact of cancer control efforts. Please feel free to tailor the content and resources below to your specific social media audience. When drafting your messages, we ask that you use this year’s themed hashtags: #WorldCancerDay and #IAmAndIWill. Learn more about the campaign theme here.


  • Today is #WorldCancerDay! Join @theNCI’s Center for Global Health and their partners worldwide to promote knowledge sharing in cancer research and control. Learn more in the latest Spotlight Blog:  https://go.usa.gov/xEkT7


  • February 4 is World Cancer Day, an initiative to raise awareness about cancer. Read the National Cancer Institute’s Center for Global Health Spotlight Blog on how they work with partners worldwide to promote knowledge sharing in cancer research and control:  https://go.usa.gov/xEkTG
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National Wear Red Day – February 1, 2019
Please join the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and The Heart Truth® program in encouraging Americans to wear red on February 1st for National Wear Red Day to raise awareness about heart disease as the leading cause of death for Americans. Find additional sample posts in English and Spanish here.


  • Feb 1 is National #WearRedDay! Help raise awareness about heart disease and learn how you can protect your heart from @TheHeartTruth. #OurHearts


  • Did you know heart disease is the leading cause of death for Americans? Wear red on Friday, February 1st for National Wear Red Day to raise awareness about heart disease and learn how you can protect your heart at www.hearttruth.gov

American Heart Month – February 2019
Did you know that nearly 1 in 3 adults in the United States has high blood cholesterol, a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke? High cholesterol can be hard to detect, as it often shows no signs or symptoms. Throughout February, join CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) for important conversations about cholesterol management and heart health. Visit our American Heart Month event page for shareable messages, graphics, and more as we near February 1! You can also follow Million Hearts® (on Facebook and Twitter) and CDC DHDSP (on Twitter) to share #HeartMonth posts directly on your pages.



  • #Cholesterol management and #heart health: What’s the connection? Chat with @CDCHeart_Stroke throughout February to learn more. http://bit.ly/2S3ephZ #HeartMonth
  • #Cholesterol management doesn’t have to be confusing. Join @CDCHeart_Stroke this #HeartMonth to learn what you need to know about cholesterol and #heart health. http://bit.ly/2S3ephZ
  • What is blood #cholesterol, and why is it important in preventing #cardiovascular disease? Start with the basics from @CDCHeart_Stroke. http://bit.ly/2loCY9m #HeartMonth
  • High #cholesterol can run in the #family, but you can work together to lower your risk. This #HeartMonth, start the conversation with your loved ones about how to manage cholesterol. http://bit.ly/2j4xygl


  • Cholesterol management and heart health: What’s the connection? Chat with CDC [tag] throughout February to learn more. #HeartMonth http://bit.ly/2S3ephZ
  • Cholesterol management doesn’t have to be confusing. Join CDC [tag] this #HeartMonth to learn what you need to know about cholesterol and heart health. http://bit.ly/2S3ephZ
  • What is blood cholesterol, and why is managing it important in preventing heart disease? This #HeartMonth, start with the basics from CDC [tag]. http://bit.ly/2loCY9m
  • Managing cholesterol early in life is key to lowering your risk for heart disease. Here are 4 ways to take control of your cholesterol levels today. #HeartMonth http://bit.ly/2DLXXMZ
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NCI Communication Fellowship Opportunities
The National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences has three communication fellowship opportunities available.

We are seeking people with experience in journalism, communications, and relevant fields to help share research findings, funding opportunities, and more as Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) fellows. These are one-year, full-time fellowships with possibility for renewal. Stipends are adjusted yearly and are commensurate with academic achievement and relevant experience. More information is available online. Benefits include health insurance at no cost, commuter benefits, and a wide range of career development activities.

All positions are at the NCI Shady Grove campus in Rockville, Maryland, an easy commute from Washington, D.C., in a bright office building with a well-stocked cafeteria, a well-equipped gym, frequent shuttles to two Red Line metro stops, and LEED certification (we compost!).

For more information, including how to apply, see each program’s listing:

The Behavioral Research Program’s research areas include cancer-related health behaviors (diet, exercise, sun protection) and the biological and psychological processes behind them; tobacco control; and health communication. https://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/brp/docs/OAD-CRTA-2018.pdf

Implementation Science studies methods to promote the adoption and integration of evidence-based practices, interventions, and policies into routine health care and public health settings to improve population health. https://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/IS/career.html

The Surveillance Research Program directs the collection and analysis of cancer surveillance data and uses several types of media to report these data to researchers, policy makers, the cancer surveillance community, and the general public. https://surveillance.cancer.gov/jobs/comms.html

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Updated Opioid Epidemic Practical Toolkit
The newly revised and updated HHS Partnership Center’s toolkit offers practical suggestions to help your community support individuals and families struggling with addiction, and its often severe consequences.  Download the toolkit here.

New Partnership Center Video Resources
Last fall, faith-based providers of critical navigation, treatment, and recovery services gathered in Washington to showcase promising practices and identify challenges and opportunities that will strengthen the continuum of care for addiction recovery.  Visit our YouTube Channel to learn what’s working to bring hope and healing in communities around the country.

Surgeon General’s TEDMED Talk on Nation’s Biggest Health Issues
U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams’ TEDMED talk reveals how his lived experiences have shaped his views as a health professional and his understanding of the government’s role in health issues.

Drug Overdose Deaths Among Women Aged 30–64 Years — United States, 1999–2017
Middle-aged women remain vulnerable to death by drug overdose, according to a CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) released Jan. 11.  Read the report for the latest data detailing the growing number of drug overdose deaths in the United States: Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths – United States, 2013-2017.

For HIV, Treatment is Prevention
Blog Post, by Dr. Francis Collins, Director, National Institutes of Health. Thanks to scientific advances, especially the development of effective antiretroviral therapy (ART), most people living with HIV can live full and productive lives. These developments have started to change how our society views HIV infection. Read more here.

February-National Health Observances 
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
About 1 in 10 teens who have been on a date have also been physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year. Your community can make a difference. Learn how here.

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CDC Newest Opioid Training for Providers
The CDC released the final modules in the Applying CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids interactive online training series for healthcare providers. The latest modules are Opioid Use and Pregnancy, Motivational Interviewing, and Collaborative Patient-Provider Relationship in Opioid Clinical Decision Making.

Three-part Webinar Series: Pain Medication Education and Resources
Jan. 23, Feb. 20, and March 13, 2019.  10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Mountain Time Register here.
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is promoting this three-part webinar series focused on pain medication education and resources. Each hour-long webinar focuses on a specific question regarding pain medication for those living with spinal cord injuries or another form of physical disability. Webinar recordings will be archived on the Reeve Foundation’s YouTube channel for later viewing.

Webinar/ How to Improve Addiction Treatment by Systematically Tracking Patient Outcomes
Tues., Feb. 5, 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Mountain Time Register here.
Treatment providers can significantly improve patient engagement and treatment quality by tracking patient outcomes. This webinar presentation describes three evidence-based approaches to using patient outcome data to improve treatment effectiveness: (1) provider profiling, (2) patient tracking of emotions and symptoms through mobile applications, and (3) measure-based care instruments administered during clinical encounters.