This is testimony from the Alliance for Aging regarding the Fiscal Year 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations process. It notes that "there is an ever-increasing need for sustained investment in the NIH, CDC, and AHRQ. Our testimony will highlight critical health concerns that disproportionately affect older adults and initiatives supported by our federal health agencies that are addressing them."
The Alliance for Aging Research wrote a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requesting modifications to the 2016 CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. Specifically, the Alliance recommended the CDC modify the guidelines by:
Including a statement calling for further investment of federal resources into clinical research to assist providers in tailoring long-term opioid use.
Requiring Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide an updated clinical evidence review of the guidelines
Calling on public and private payers to broadly cover the cost of non-pharmacologic interventions for pain sufferers.
Adding more resources to www.cdc.gov on the safe use of non-opioid pain treatment
Removing the non-evidenced based dosage recommendations
Removing the time/specific pill limit for acute pain treatment
The Alliance for Aging Research led AFib Optimal Treatment Task Force submitted a letter to the CDC commenting on the agency's Healthy People 2020 goals. The letter recommended:
The CDC should add Afib as a modifiable risk factor for stroke
The CDC address the under anticoagulation of older AFib patients as an emerging issue in heart disease and stroke
The Alliance for Aging Research commented on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule changes regarding Infection Prevention and Control Programs (IPCP) in long-term care facilities (LTCFs). The Alliance recommended:
A full implementation madate within two years of the final rule
Mandating the CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) for surveillance of Healthcare Associated Infections by LTCFs
CMS work directly with the CDC to outline specific programs that LTCFs should follow to fulfill mandates
CMS should mandate the CDC's CORE Elements for Antibiotic Stewardship in LTCFs
Contact information for an Infection Prevention and Control Officer (IPCO) be made publicly available for family members of LTCF patients
CMS should provide language mandating the use of influenza vaccinations among direct-contact health care workers in LTCFs and set targets for vaccination rates
This letter to Sen. Thad Cochran, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Rep. Harold Rogers, and Rep. Nita Lowey from various organizations, including the Alliance for Aging Research, requests "$32 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) and the Prevention Epicenters Program; $264 million for CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative; and ask for your continued support of the Advanced Molecular Detection (AMD) Initiative at $30 million in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill. "
This letter from various organizations, including the Alliance for Aging Research, to Rep. Harold Rogers, Rep. Tom Cole, Rep. Nita Lowey, and Rep. Rosa DeLauro requests "to restore the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 302(b) allocation for the Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee to at least the FY 2010 level of $163.6 billion."
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