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July 30, 2014: BioCentury This Week Focuses on the 340B Drug Discount Program

Created on: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Berkeley Research Group’s Aaron Vandervelde and Laurel Todd from the Biotechnology Industry Organizations provide their perspectives on the 340B drug discount program.

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July 30, 2014: Medical, Pharma Groups Ask CMS for Details on Payment Database

Created on: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

On Monday, several medical societies and a pharmaceutical industry group sent a letter to CMS asking for more details about how data will be displayed on its soon-to-be released physician payment database, Wall Street Journal's "Pharmalot" reports (Loftus, "Pharmalot," Wall Street Journal, 7/28).

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July 30, 2014: Medicare trustees assume no future SGR payment cuts: Report

Created on: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

In their annual report about the financial future of the program released Monday, the Medicare trustees announced that they will no longer base their budget assumptions on current law calling for physician payment cuts resulting from the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, demonstrating a general agreement that it’s time to get rid of the broken formula once and for all.

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July 30, 2014: Getting It Wrong On Cancer Care

Created on: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Since when did think tank pundits know more about delivering medicine than doctors? Sally Pipes’ commentary on June 2 about the federal 340B drug discount program is both off-base and misleading.

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July 30, 2014: As Profits Roll In, Aetna To Expand On Obamacare Exchange In 2015

Created on: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Aetna said this morning it will expand its private health insurance products on government exchanges under the Affordable Care Act next year to the additional market of Georgia based on the company’s first-year successes.

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July 30, 2014: VA manipulated vets' appointment data, audit finds

Created on: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Internal VA documents show the depth of fraudulent scheduling, manipulation of data and in some cases intimidation of staff to hide delays in medical care to veterans in the 6-million patient national system.

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July 29, 2014: Lancet Oncology: New proposals to improve US cancer care and control costs

Created on: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

US cancer care organizations are working to reform how cancer care is reimbursed, to control costs while providing high-quality care for patients.

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July 29, 2014: Drugs and Dollars

Created on: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Even with the relentless spotlight on the Affordable Care Act, a new health issue is edging toward center stage: drug costs.

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July 29, 2014: Here's the single best analysis of the Halbig anti-Obamacare ruling

Created on: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NNorthwestern University law and political science professor Andrew Koppelman moves past the absurd legal theory underlying the Halbig ruling on the Affordable Care Act...

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July 29, 2014: Health Care: As Sunshine Act Deadlines Approach Physicians and Hospitals Should Prepare for Transparency in Their Financial Relationships with Industry (7/14)

Created on: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

On September 30, 2014, in accordance with the Federal Sunshine Act (the Sunshine Act), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will publically disclose payments and "other transfers of value" by pharmaceutical, device, biotech, and medical supply companies to physicians and teaching hospitals.

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