Tuesday - January 26, 2021
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News releases, reports, statements and associated documents from national and international trade associations influencing the debate on federal policies.

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Virginia Institute of Marine Science: U.S. Sea-Level Report Cards - 2020 Again Trends Toward Acceleration
GLOUCESTER POINT, Virginia, Jan. 26 (TNSRes) -- The Virginia Institute of Marine Science issued the following news:

Sea level "report cards" issued annually by researchers at William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science add further evidence of an accelerating rate of sea-level rise during 2020 at nearly all tidal stations along the U.S. coastline.

The team's web-based report cards project sea level to the year 2050 based on an ongoing analysis of tide-gauge records for 32 localities along the U.S. coast from Maine to Alaska. The analysis now includes 52 years of water-level observations, ... Show Full Article

New Report: Pharmacy Services Administrative Organizations Play Pivotal Role in Prescription Drug and Payor Supply Chain
WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (TNSRep) -- The Pharmaceutical Care Management Association issued the following news release:

A new report, "Pharmacy Services Administrative Organizations (PSAOs) and their Little-Known Connection to Independent Pharmacies," sheds light on the role of PSAOs in the prescription drug supply and payment chain.

The white paper, researched and written by the health care policy consulting firm Health Evaluations and released by the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA), provides important perspective on the work that PSAOs do on behalf of independent pharmacies, including ... Show Full Article

Illinois Soybean Association Receives First Place Recognition at Region IV NAMA Awards
BLOOMINGTON, Illinois, Jan. 26 (TNSAwa) -- The Illinois Soybean Association issued the following news release:

At the Region IV Best of NAMA Awards Celebration, a ceremony recognizing the outstanding work of agri-business marketing organizations, both the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) and the Illinois Farm Families (IFF) project, of which ISA is a coalition member, had strong showings.

ISA received First Place in "Scenic Road Life of Bio-Diesel 360 Experience" in the category Digital Marketing Tools, and "Say Hello At The 2020 Soybean Summit" in the Customer Events category. ISA was also ... Show Full Article

ITI Issues Statement on Buy American Executive Order
WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 -- ITI issued the following statement:

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Global tech trade association ITI's President and CEO Jason Oxman issued the following statement on President Biden's Executive Order, Ensuring the Future is Made in All of America by All of America's Workers:

"The tech industry employs millions of Americans who develop products and services that drive productivity and growth across all sectors of the U.S. economy.

"Our industry fully shares the Biden-Harris Administration's goal of creating good jobs that support the American workforce. In line with this goal and the administration's ... Show Full Article

Healthcare Financial Management Association: Future Payment Rates, Telehealth Coverage Approaches, an Overhaul of Medicare APMs
WESTCHESTER, Illinois, Jan. 26 -- The Healthcare Financial Management Association issued the following news release:

Discussions during the January public meeting of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) had implications for key areas of healthcare policy, including hospital payment updates, alternative payment models (APMs) and telehealth. MedPAC is an independent agency that advises Congress on issues affecting Medicare.

Here are three of the biggest takeaways from the Jan. 14-15 meeting.

1. The financial impact of the ongoing public health emergency won't be reflected in future ... Show Full Article

American College of Surgeons: Ideal Surgical Results are Less Likely If Older Cancer Patients Live in a Community More Vulnerable to Socioeconomic Stress
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 26 -- The American College of Surgeons issued the following news release:

A new study finds that older cancer patients are less likely to have optimal results following their cancer operation if they live in an area highly affected by social challenges, especially if they are racial-ethnic minorities. The study was selected for the 2020 Southern Surgical Association Program and published as an "article in press" on the Journal of the American College of Surgeons website in advance of print.

Study investigators from The Ohio State University (OSU) used a novel risk stratification ... Show Full Article

American College of Rheumatology Announces 2021 Health Policy Priorities
ATLANTA, Georgia, Jan. 26 -- The American College of Rheumatology issued the following news release on Jan. 25:

The American College of Rheumatology today announced its 2021 health policy priorities, a set of detailed policy recommendations that the new Congress and incoming Administration should prioritize to improve access to care for the 54 million Americans living with a rheumatic disease.

These updated policy priorities will guide the ACR's legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts in 2021 and ensure that we are best prepared to represent our members and the patients under their care," ... Show Full Article