Saturday, May 23, 2020

Health-Related Congressional Committee Meetings


Wednesday — May 27, 2020

The Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color
Committee on Ways and Means


Thursday — May 28, 2020

Department of Veterans Affairs - Response to COVID-19
Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (Committee on Appropriations)

Examining the Federal Governments Actions to Protect Workers from COVID-19.
Subcommittee on Workforce Protections (Committee on Education and Labor)


Friday — May 29, 2020

The Status of the U.S. Maritime Supply Chain During the COVID-19 — Pandemic.
Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation (Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure)


May 17-22, 2020

RT @IndoPac_Info: #India wants #coronavirus origin probed, seeks ‘impartial’ review of #WHO response India supports a 62-nation coalition led by the #EU & #Australia to seek an independent investigation of the coronavirus outbreak at the WHO’s annual World Health Assembly[…]

RT @EricTopol: With the recent approval of an antigen test, there are now 3 categories of #SARCoV2 testing. This is a very good infographic in today's @sdut by @JonathanWosen @ms_gilchrist[…]

RT @news_ntd: Last year in December, #Taiwan (440 virus cases and 7 deaths) sent an email to the International Health Regulations under the WHO, informing them of unknown #pneumonia cases in #Wuhan. #WHO has paid too much attention to politics and forgotten its neutrality. -Taiwan's VP[…]

RT @IndoPac_Info: Almost 120 nations have now backed an international push for a coronavirus inquiry: #Australian H. Minister Greg Hunt Expects push for #coronavirus probe to be endorsed by WHA Over 50 African nations also thrown its weight behind the first group of 62[…]

RT @IndoPac_Info: Over 100 states have signed up to support #Australia’s call for an international COVID-19 inquiry at the World Health Assembly.?? The EU draft resolution now has 116 co-sponsors, after the entire African Group & its member states joined the initial 62 countries.?? The list??[…]

RT @HooverInst: "China's capture of the WHO, and the WHO's unfortunate turn from public health to crass politics, should prompt the U.S. and its allies to build a new international organization," writes John Yoo and Robert Delahunty:[…]

RT @USUN: .@WHO had every power/precedent to include Taiwan in the WHA, yet chose not to under pressure from the People’s Republic of China. PRC’s spiteful action to silence Taiwan exposes the emptiness of its claims to want transparency & int’l cooperation.[…]

???? “China supports probe into coronavirus, pledges funds to help fight pandemic: President Xi Jinping”[…]

RT @twilabrase: "Chloroquine is a potent inhibitor of SARS coronavirus infection and spread" - 2005 research article No wonder President @realDonaldTrump is taking #Hydroxychloraquine. Why is gov't prohibiting it...until it's too late to take it. Should be taken EARLY.[…]

RT @Jim_Jordan: April 2020: The Trump Administration isn’t doing enough when it comes to #coronavirus testing! May 2020: We now have too many tests, and not enough people to take them. Amazing.[…]

Holding personal private patient data makes for big business. #privacy[…]

RT @COVID19Tracking: There is a known difference between what states report and what the CDC says it is reporting. Some states report "people tested" while the CDC reports "specimens tested." 4 states report both—so we used them to calculate a ratio to adjust the "people tested" numbers.[…]

RT @AAPSonline: If President Trump Can Take Hydroxychloroquine, Why Can’t Doctors, Nurses, and Nursing Home Patients? via @aapsonline — […]

RT @jorient: The power of one man to obstruct your medical care:[…]

RT @eAsiaMediaHub: "The recent #COVID19 pandemic provided an opportunity for the international community to see why Taiwan’s pandemic-response model is worthy of emulation,” @SecPompeo said. Read the Secretary's full Statement on the Inauguration of President @iingwen here:[…]

RT @lukemcgee: China has been trying to avoid fallout from coronavirus. Now 100 countries are pushing for an investigation - CNN[…]

RT @DaineseBernardo: World Health Organization approves inquiry....#WorldHealthOrganization ,#investigation[…]

Senate Aging Committee hearing tomorrow on caring for seniors amid the #Coronavirus #COVID19 crisis. 9:30 AM, 5/21/2020 — […]

RT @SenatorLankford: No international organization has the authority to tell the US or any country to abandon their morals in response the current health crisis. During this time of crisis, we must continue to value all life, including the most vulnerable among us. — […]

RT @Reuters: Scientists in Argentina are producing a new coronavirus test, which costs around $8 and allows detection of the virus in less than two hours[…]

RT @BillGertz: Australian scientists say coronavirus from Wuhan shows sign of laboratory manipulation, contradicting US intelligence claims[…]

RT @AEI: Reliable tests are replacing questionable ones from China. The results can help Americans judge risk, writes @ScottGottliebMD.[…]

RT @PHEgov: A safe & effective #COVID19 vaccine may be available by the end of the year! Under Operation #WarpSpeed, @BARDA & @AstraZeneca will rapidly develop & produce #coronavirus vaccine with first doses possibly available this fall.[…]

RT @SEACoronavirus: Indonesia reported on Thursday its biggest daily jump in #COVID19 cases with 973 new cases, bringing the total confirmed number to 20,162 in the world’s fourth most populous country[…]

RT @galeninstitute: End the Lockdown to Save Lives!—AmericanHealthCareChoices newsletter -[…]

RT @HHSGov: NEWS: HHS has begun distributing billions in additional relief funds to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) to help them combat the devastating effects of the #COVID19 pandemic.[…]

Saturday, May 16, 2020

May 8-15, 2020

RT @RandPaul: Coronavirus elective surgery bans are too sweeping. Let doctors decide. — […]

RT @AP: BREAKING: The CDC director and the FDA commissioner have both placed themselves in quarantine after contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus. — […]

RT @STcom: What we don't know about the coronavirus' origins might kill us — […]

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Health-Related Congressional Committee Meeting Schedule


Thursday — May 14, 2020

Protecting Scientific Integrity in the COVID-19 — Response
Subcommittee on Health (Committee on Energy and Commerce)



Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Hearings to examine COVID-19, focusing on safely getting back to work and back to school.

Hearings to examine liability during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Hearings to examine the state of broadband amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 2-8, 2020

RT @OIGatHHS: This week we updated our work plan with 2 more items related to COVID-19. See all our work related to the ongoing health crisis and infectious disease preparedness and response.[…]

RT @PrayforPOTUS: Remarks by @POTUS @realDonaldTrump in Announcement on #Remdesivir via @WhiteHouse #Coronavirus #COVID19[…]

RT @KnowingtheTimes: “There is nothing to believe in what the 🇨🇳 CCP reports. “The city of Harbin in Heilongjiang Province is now seeing a major resurgence of the disease. Each day there are more than 6,000 new cases.” #COVID19 — […]

RT @KnowingtheTimes: “What people are calculating is that roughly 700,000 people may have died in 🇨🇳 China.” — […]

RT @KnowingtheTimes: “In the early days of the virus, the 🇨🇳 CCP used unconventional methods to purchase medical supplies from abroad…in vast quantities. Just masks and gowns totaled 2,200,000,000. … This is not the work of an individual—individuals don’t have that much purchasing power. — […]

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Congressional Committee Meetings


Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Hearings to examine COVID-19, focusing on how new information can drive policy.

Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Hearings to examine the state of the aviation industry, focusing on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Hearings to examine new tests for COVID-19.


Wednesday — May 6, 2020

COVID-19 — Response
Subcommittee on the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Committee on Appropriations)


Saturday, May 25, 2019

Privacy vs. Interoperability — Comment by June 3

CCHF: The federal Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released a 690-page proposed rule that would require electronic health records (EHRs) to be "interoperable" (easily accessible and sharable EHR to EHR nationwide) and prohibit "information blocking."

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is requesting public comments due June 3 (5:00pm ET)

I submitted the comments below, links added:
Secretary Azar,

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the "Interoperability, Information Blocking, and the ONC Health IT Certification Program" proposed rules.

I do not support the continuation of any mandates requiring further implementation of electronic health record technology. The mandates as they are now go too far.

The original proposal in HITECH (P.L. 111-5) was very premature and overly funded with billions of taxpayer dollars well before the technology had become usable and useful, a factor still much in question. Physicians are there to help the patients and should not have their attention involuntarily diverted to inferior technology that is there to serve other non-medical purposes. At the very least there should be scientific testing and observation of the medical effectiveness of developers' technology in accomplishing the medical mission, a factor distinct from testing technology interoperability.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Senate Committee Meeting

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Hearings to examine reducing health care costs, focusing on how transparency can lower spending and empower patients.

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