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New Proposed Medicare Part B Drug Reimbursement Model Raises Questions

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a new proposed reimbursement model for certain Medicare Part B drugs and biologicals (together, "drugs") on Oct. 25, 2018.  

2018-11-16T08:44:54+00:00 November 16, 2018|Latest News|Comments Off on New Proposed Medicare Part B Drug Reimbursement Model Raises Questions

N.C. Hospital System Settles Antitrust Allegations

Atrium Health, a dominant hospital system based in North Carolina, has agreed to a settlement with the Department of Justice and North Carolina's attorney general that will prohibit the system from imposing anticompetitive terms with health insurers that raise costs for consumers.  

2018-11-16T08:48:36+00:00 November 16, 2018|Latest News|Comments Off on N.C. Hospital System Settles Antitrust Allegations

Trends In Primary Care Visits

Office visits to primary care physicians (PCPs) declined 18 percent from 2012 to 2016 for adults under 65 years old with employer-sponsored health insurance, while office visits to nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) increased 129 percent.  

2018-11-16T08:49:42+00:00 November 16, 2018|Latest News|Comments Off on Trends In Primary Care Visits

Oncologists Wary Of Possible Mandatory Radiation Demo

Radiation oncologists are concerned about the possibility of mandatory participation in a radiation oncology demonstration after HHS Secretary Alex Azar indicated such a model was on the way. Ted Okon, executive director of the Community Oncology Alliance, said layering mandatory demonstrations on top of the voluntary Oncology Care Model doesn’t make much sense. The American

2018-11-15T09:11:35+00:00 November 15, 2018|COA in the News, Latest News|Comments Off on Oncologists Wary Of Possible Mandatory Radiation Demo

Remarks by Administrator Seema Verma at the Biopharma Congress

Good afternoon, and thank you for having me today.  I want to start by taking a moment to remember Dan Best, who served as Secretary Azar’s Senior Advisor for Drug Pricing Reform.  For those of you who had the privilege of getting to know Dan, you know that he brought tremendous energy and passion to

2018-11-15T09:10:01+00:00 November 15, 2018|Latest News|Comments Off on Remarks by Administrator Seema Verma at the Biopharma Congress

Incoming Dem Chairman: Medicare Negotiating Drug Prices is a Priority

Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.), who is slated to be the next chairman of a House committee overseeing drug prices, said Wednesday that his top priorities on the issue are allowing Medicare to negotiate prices and speeding the approval of cheaper generic drugs.

2018-11-15T09:02:58+00:00 November 15, 2018|Latest News|Comments Off on Incoming Dem Chairman: Medicare Negotiating Drug Prices is a Priority

As Social Media ‘Influencers,’ Patients are Getting a Voice. And Pharma is Ready to Pay Up

Anne Marie Ciccarella is not a doctor, though she spends a great deal of time with them. She’s not a researcher, though she routinely pores over scientific papers on cancer. And even though she spent most of her career at an accounting firm, she’s getting paid by drug companies for her opinions.

2018-11-15T04:36:19+00:00 November 14, 2018|Latest News|Comments Off on As Social Media ‘Influencers,’ Patients are Getting a Voice. And Pharma is Ready to Pay Up