Good morning ... hope you had a nice holiday break.

Buckle up, because we — Bob Herman and Caitlin Owens — are driving the Vitals bus today while Sam Baker returns from some well-deserved time off. But have no fear, the entire team will be back in full force in the health care news stream today. Let's get to it!

What we're watching today: All SCOTUS, all day. President Trump plans to announce his nominee at 9pm Eastern, but don't be surprised if the name leaks before then.

What we're watching this week:

  • National Coalition on Health Care event covering strategies to reduce health care costs, Tuesday, 10am Eastern, in D.C.
  • House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the 340B program, Wednesday, 10am Eastern.
  • Altarum symposium on sustainable health spending and policy solutions, Thursday, 8:30am Eastern, in D.C. and webcast.
  • Big Medicare rules affecting hospital outpatient departments, physician payments and accountable care organizations could be released any day now.

Contact us: Did you know that we love tips, feedback and GIFs just as much as Sam? Email us at and, or yell at us on Twitter at @bobjherman and @caitlinnowens.