Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., commended the House of Representatives Wednesday after the passage of H.R. 2196, “the Medicare Independence at Home Medical Practice Demonstration Improvement Act of 2015.” The bill extends the Home Medical Practice Demonstration Program (IAH) – already proven to cut costs while providing valuable benefits to high-need beneficiaries – from 3 to 5 years.
“I commend my colleagues for extending this commonsense program for our most vulnerable senior beneficiaries and taxpayers,” Rep. Burgess said. “Under IAH, high-need patients will continue receiving individual care in the comfort of their homes while providers at hospitals, emergency rooms, and nursing homes are able to spend more free time with their patients. IAH is improving the quality of care and its provider groups are generating significant savings. I’m pleased to see that this body recognizes its value.”
Created with unanimous support in 2010, IAH provides home-based primary care to high-need Medicare beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions, avoiding unnecessary hospitalizations, ER visits, and nursing home use. The beneficiaries aided by IAH currently account for the majority of Medicare costs, and are expected to account for increasing costs over the next 10 years.
While CBO has scored H.R. 2196 at $0, IAH is generating substantial savings. Practices must generate savings of at least 5% or be excluded from the program. CMS released practice results from year one of the program showing savings of more than $25 million in the first performance year At this point, all 15 original participants are still enrolled in the demonstration, meaning all programs are generating savings of at least 5%.
H.R. 2196 is endorsed by the American Osteopathic Association and the Independence at Home Coalition, which includes national medical societies and patient advocacy organizations such as AARP, The American Nurses Association, and The American Academy of Home Care Physicians.
Washington, DC – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., today, praised the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act, which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 344-77. Over a year in the making, this package of reforms is aimed at accelerating the discovery, development, and delivery of life-saving treatments and cures to patients. The package incorporates numerous priorities of Congressman Michael C. Burgess’ – including five separately introduced bills and three policy initiatives.
The world is in a new era of medical technology. Yet America’s current federal standards make the production of medicine and medical devices increasingly slow. This groundbreaking legislation will finally bring innovation and medicine together by cutting red tape at the FDA, incorporating personalized medicine and investing in the future of science.
“The divide between medical innovation and patients has been widening for too long,” Rep. Burgess said. “Today, this body sent a message that saving lives and maintaining our nation’s place as the global leader in patient care is of utmost importance. We are sitting on the edge of treatments and cures once thought impossible. Tomorrow’s doctors will have revolutionary tools at their disposal to alleviate human suffering, and these reforms are critically important so that they aren’t barred from reaching the patients who need them most.
“This bill is yet another example of the 114th Congress’ ability to provide fiscally sound, bipartisan, solutions to our nation’s pressing challenges. I am optimistic that the importance of these entitlement reforms won’t be lost on the Senate. The future of medicine, and America’s role in it, relies on their urgency to send this to the president’s desk, where it must become law.”
H.R. 292 – Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases
H.R. 293 – Supporting continued education on medical innovations
H.R. 2414 – Facilitating responsible communication of scientific health information
H.R. 2415 – Streamlining FDA data review processes of approved drugs for patient use
H.R. 2416 – Promoting FDA integration of real-world evidence to aid in drug approval
Sec. 2081 – Urging the sense that “breakthrough” drugs be approved as soon as possible
Sec. 3001 – Ensuring widespread interoperability of health information technology
Sec. 2082/2083 – Expanding transparency in how patients access drugs before approval
In conjunction with Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX)
Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., has announced the Class of 2019 Service Academy Appointees who reside in the 26th Congressional District, and is pleased to congratulate these distinguished future military leaders. These young men and women will be attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY, the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, CO, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy at New London, CT.
“I am grateful that so many young North Texans have accepted this challenge to serve their country,” Rep. Burgess said. “These young men and women are some of the future leaders of our armed forces and it is my pleasure to have helped them in their journey. I wish them all the best of luck in their future endeavors and know that they will make Texas’ 26th Congressional District proud.”
Students requesting appointments to the U.S. Service Academies are rigorously evaluated by on a variety of criteria including academic performance, leadership qualifications and physical preparedness. Appointments to an academy must be preceded by a nomination from a Member of Congress, Academy Superintendent, the Vice President or a military connected nomination. The exception is to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where a nomination is not required for consideration, but appointments are based upon a competitive nationwide admissions process.
In Texas’ 26th District, applicants also undergo a board review lead by former Air Force Academy Superintendent and Lieutenant General (USAF Ret.) Charles Hamm. Other board members include active duty Armed Forces, former service academy graduates, community leaders, and administrators from local higher education institutions.
Those 26th Congressional District students entering the service academies are as follows:
U.S. Military Academy (Army) - West Point, NY
George Kratz (Frisco)
Johnathon Muraski (Keller)
Dowon Park (Fort Worth)
Victoria Reyer (Highland Village)
Seth Sowalskie (Frisco)
U.S. Naval Academy - Annapolis, MD
Daniel Barrett (Flower Mound)
Colin Duggan (Keller)
Bryan Hammond (The Colony)
Tony Powers, Jr. (Frisco)
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy - Kings Point, NY
Blake Bunce (Trophy Club)
Michael Tanttari (Krum)
Elias Yu (Flower Mound)
U.S. Air Force Academy - Colorado Springs, CO
Micah Capra (Argyle)
Austin Cutting (Keller)
Cade Erwin (Highland Village)
Gabriel Martinez Quinones (Watauga)
Ethan Nichols (Keller)
Molly Olmos (Keller)
Elizabeth Pennington (Roanoke)
Zach Raines (North Richland Hills)
Gabrielle Rupard (Flower Mound)
Robert Simpson (Denton)
Colton Stowe (The Colony)
Mary Vedra (Frisco)
U.S. Coast Guard Academy - New London, CT
Cole Austin (Flower Mound)
Burgess: King v Burwell decision exceeds rule of law
Washington, DC– After the Supreme Court ruling today, upholding that the Internal Revenue
Service may extend subsidies to coverage purchased on the federal fallback exchanges under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Congressman Burgess made the following remarks:
“As I continue to focus on the details of this decision, I am deeply disappointed that the Supreme Court did not stop this statute from being used beyond its constitutional boundaries,” Rep. Burgess said. “I still believe that the president broke the law – plain and simple. But regardless, President Obama’s health care law is still hurting millions of families and patients. I remain fully committed to preventing its further disruption in the health market, creating more freedom for states and patients to avoid federal health mandates, and replacing its most egregious intrusions into the doctor-patient relationship.
Contact: Cameron Harley
Congressman Burgess announces town hall meeting for Monday, June 22
Next Monday, June 22, Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., will hold a town hall meeting
Frisco/Little Elm Town Hall Meeting
Monday, June 22 at 7:00 PM CT
Lone Star High School Auditorium
2606 Panther Creek Pkwy.,
Frisco, TX 75033
Media Contact – Cameron.Harley@mail.house.gov
Persons requiring special accommodations should contact Robin Vaughan at least 48 hours prior
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Contact: Cameron Harley
Burgess opens nominations for 2015 Congressional Veteran Commendation
Lake Dallas, TX – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., today proudly opened Texas’ 26th Congressional District’s annual Veteran Commendation. In conjunction with the Veterans History Project, the Congressional Veteran Commendation honors local veterans who have not only served the United States honorably in their military careers, but have subsequently demonstrated dedication to their communities.
“The Congressional Veteran Commendation honors North Texans whose passion to serve didn’t stop after their dedication to our country while in uniform,” Rep. Burgess said. “All veterans deserve our deepest respect, but those who continue to serve their community by becoming a voice for other servicemen and women, charity work, or serving religious or civic organizations deserve further recognition. If there’s one of my constituents that fits this criteria, I strongly encourage their friends and family to nominate them.”
To nominate a veteran for the 26th Congressional District Veteran Commendation, please fill out the nomination form, found on Congressman Burgess’ website at http://burgess.house.gov. The deadline for submitting nominations is September 14, 2015. The completed nomination form, along with any additional information pertaining to the veteran's service, should be submitted to Congressman Burgess’ Lake Dallas office.
Individuals selected for the 2015 Congressional Veteran Commendation will be recognized and honored at the annual “Salute Our Veterans” luncheon sponsored by the Highland Village Business Association.
To obtain additional information regarding the Congressional Veteran Commendation, the Veterans History Project, nomination forms, or to confirm residency within the 26th District, please contact Congressman Burgess’ Deputy District Director, Robin Vaughan, at (940) 497-5031 or visit Congressman Burgess’ website.
House approves Burgess NHTSA amendment to expedite permanent Takata recall solution
The proposed adjustment comes just one day after the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade (CMT) held a hearing to investigate ongoing Takata airbag failures and recalls. In the hearing, NHTSA’s new Administrator, Mark Rosekind, argued that the agency would have been better equipped to identify and mandate recalls with more resources in recent years.
“The Takata recalls stem from an issue that should have been solved long ago,” Rep. Burgess said. “But In the interest of saving lives – from new Chairman to new Administrator – I’m offering an olive branch. It is my sincere hope that these funds help implement a permanent solution to this problem.”
The $4 million increase was offset by cutting extra funding the bill provided to the Secretary of Transportation’s office.
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After spending nearly three decades practicing medicine in North Texas I have served the constituents of the 26th District since 2003 in the United States House of Representatives.
I currently serve on the prestigious House Energy and Commerce Committee and in the 113th Congress, 2013 and 2014, will serve as the Vice Chairman of both the Subcommittee on Health and the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, and as a member of the Energy and Power Subcommittee. In addition, I am a member of the Rules Committee and the Helsinki Commission. In 2009, I founded, and currently serve as Co-Chair of the Congressional Health Caucus.
Because of my medical background, I have been a strong advocate for health care legislation aimed at reducing health care costs, improving choices, reforming liability laws to put the needs of patients first, and ensuring there are enough doctors in the public and private sector to care for America’s patients and veterans. I have played an important role in bipartisan efforts to ensure the safety of food, drugs, and consumer products, and have introduced legislation to strengthen our ability to stop dangerous products from coming into the country.
As a Member of Congress representing one of the fastest growing areas of the country, transportation is also a top priority. In 2005, I successfully amended the Highway Bill to include development credits, design-build, and environmental streamlining. During my time on Capitol Hill, I have worked to build, maintain, and improve the safety of our roads, bridges, air service, and transit in the North Texas region.
A fiscal conservative, I believe Americans deserve a federal government that is more efficient, effective, less costly, and always transparent. I follow a strict adherence to the Constitution, and oppose unnecessary expansion of the federal government’s control over Americans’ personal freedoms. Instead, I believe in giving people more control over their lives and their money.
During my time on Capitol Hill, I have earned a reputation as a problem-solver who seeks sensible solutions to the challenges Americans face and have received several awards including: the Guardian of Small Business award by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB); the Spirit of Enterprise award by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and the Taxpayer Hero award from the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste; among others.
Today, I represent the majority of Denton County, and parts of Dallas County and Tarrant County. I was raised in Denton, and attended The Selwyn School, graduating in 1968 as valedictorian. In addition, I graduated with both an undergraduate and a master’s degree from North Texas State University, now the University of North Texas.
I received my M.D. from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, and completed my residency programs at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. I also received a master’s degree in Medical Management from the University of Texas at Dallas, and in May of 2009 was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Public Service from the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center.
My wife, Laura, and I have been married for 39 years. We have three children and two grandsons.
I'm excited to announce two upcoming Town Hall meetings next week - next Monday in Denton, and next Wednesday for Keller and Ft. Worth constituents.
Congratulations to the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 920 and the Green Valley School Historical Society, who celebrated the restoration of the Green