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May 24

Key House Committee Leadership Introduces Draft Medicare Part D Bill Capping Seniors’ Out-of-Pocket Costs

Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce leadership bill aimed at reducing the Medicare Part D reinsurance subsidies and eliminate beneficiary out-of-pocket costs above the Medicare part D catastrophic  threshold.  

May 24

Senate Health Committee Leaders Release Bipartisan Discussion Draft Legislation to Reduce Health Care Costs

Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today released the Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019—bipartisan discussion draft legislation to reduce health care costs. “There's one issue I hear a lot about from Tennesseans, and it is, ‘What are you going to do about the health care

May 24

Congress Wants to Stop Surprise Medical Bills. But they Have One Big Problem Left to Solve.

President Trump and Democrats want to fix an important health care problem, but lawmakers still have one very difficult question to figure out before they can move forward. Congress suddenly has a bunch of bills to stop surprise medical bills, which can leave even some insured people with tens of thousands of dollars in

May 24

Cancer & Blood Specialists of Louisville To Join the American Oncology Network, LLC

American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) is pleased to announce that Cancer & Blood Specialists of Louisville, a leading community oncology/hematology practice in Louisville, Kentucky will join AON on June 1, 2019. AON is an alliance of physicians and veteran healthcare leaders uniting to ensure the long-term success of community oncology.

May 23

More than Half of All OCM Providers Could Owe CMS Money if Required to Join in 2-Sided Risk Model

The Oncology Care Model (OCM), started in 2016, is a voluntary 5-year bundled-payment program developed by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation. The OCM encourages practices to improve care and lower costs through episode-based cost performance and quality measures. Currently, all OCM participants are enrolled in a 1-sided risk arrangement. Beginning in July

May 23

Governor Signs Revised Pharmacy Choice Bill

A second pharmacy choice bill was signed into law Tuesday, three weeks after Gov. Kevin Stitt vetoed the first one. House Bill 2632 prohibits restrictions on a patient's right to choose a pharmacy provider without paying a penalty and calls for an advisory committee to review complaints and administer fines.

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