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Utilization Management” Barriers to Care and Burdens on Small Medical Practice

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 11:30am

The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled, “Utilization Management: Barriers to Care and Burdens on Small Medical Practice.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Health care providers want nothing more than to provide their patients the highest quality and most clinically appropriate care. However, due to utilization management programs such as prior authorization and step therapy, doctors are forced to spend their time working with insurance companies and pharmacy benefit managers instead of treating patients. While cost saving efforts are critical to the nation’s health system, such programs are affecting the quality of care and proving burdensome to many small medical practices. The hearing will examine how the programs work and how they are impacting small medical practitioners in a variety of settings.  

To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here. 

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 


Dr. Paul M. Harari

Professor
Chairman, Department of Human Oncology
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Madison, WI
*Testifying on behalf of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)
Testimony 

Dr. David R. Walega, MSCI
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Chief, Division of Pain Management
Vice Chair of Research, Department of Anesthesiology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL
*Testifying on behalf of the American Society of Anesthesiologists
Testimony

Dr. John S. Cullen, FAAFP
Family Physician & Partner
Valdez Medical Clinic, LLC
Valdez, AK
*Testifying on behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians
Testimony 

*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence



 

Growing the Clean Energy Economy

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 10:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship will hold a hearing titled, “Growing the Clean Energy Economy.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

From installing solar panels, to building wind farms and revolutionizing the auto industry, the clean energy economy is a driving force for small business innovation and job growth. Energy efficiency jobs make up most of the green economy, supporting at least 2.2 million jobs ranging across various industries. Small businesses are directly involved in this economy in a wide variety of ways. This hearing will bring together some small business innovators in the clean energy and green economy to discuss the importance of their businesses, the challenges they face, and what Congress can do to support small business innovation for the 21st century.

To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here. 

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 

*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence



 

Connecting Rural Small Businesses to Broadband: Challenges, Successes, and How to Do Better

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 3:30pm

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure will hold a field hearing titled, “Connecting Rural Small Businesses to Broadband: Challenges, Successes, and How to Do Better.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 3:30 P.M. on Friday, September 6, 2019 at the University of Maine at Machias, Lecture Hall Science 102, 116 Obrien Ave, Machias, ME 04654.

Access to reliable and affordable broadband service is imperative to not only the success of small businesses, but the overall economic development of a region. In many rural parts of the country, however, reliable access is far from guaranteed. Over 24 million Americans, the vast majority of whom live in rural areas, lack access to broadband at benchmark speeds. The hearing will focus on broadband deployment efforts in rural America and the challenges small firms in those areas face without reliable broadband services. Additionally, witnesses will suggest potential policy changes Congress could make to improve broadband access in the nation’s rural areas.

Hearing Notice

Witness List

Hearing Memo


Witnesses

Mr. Mark Ouellette
President & CEO
Axiom Technologies, LLC
Machias, ME
Testimony

Mr. Chris Loughlin
Board Member, Downeast Broadband Utility
Town Manager, Baileyville, Maine
Baileyville, ME
Testimony

Ms. Lisa Hanscom
Co-Manager
Welch Farm & First Selectman
Roque Bluffs, ME
Testimony 

Mr. Timothy R. McAfee
CEO
Pioneer Broadband
Houlton, ME
Testimony 

*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence

Expanding Opportunities for Small Businesses at Military Bases

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 11:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access will hold a hearing titled, “Expanding Opportunities for Small Businesses at Military Bases.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at Town Hall, 111 West Second Street, Moorestown, NJ 08057.

Small contractors are pivotal to a competitive federal procurement marketplace and to local communities. The subcommittee hearing will highlight the opportunities available to small government contractors, particularly those located near military bases such as Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 



*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence



 

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