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Dec 13

2018

CMS May Narrow its Focus on Drug Costs to Part B

The Trump administration has touted its focus on drug prices, unveiling several policy initiatives over the last year aimed at reducing costs. In 2019, it may begin narrowing its focus to Part B, according to analysts.

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Dec 13

2018

3 Things You Need to Know About 2019 Medicare Payments

Every November, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announces its Medicare physician reimbursement policies for the upcoming year. This year is no different, and physician practices have two short months to prepare for what Medicare has in store for 2019.

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Dec 13

2018

Apple Now has Dozens of Doctors on Staff, Showing it’s Serious About Health Tech

Apple has dozens of medical doctors working across its various teams, say two people familiar with the company's hiring, showing how serious it is about health tech.

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Dec 13

2018

PTAC OKs New Payment Model for Community Oncology

An oncology care model that proposes to decrease overall Medicare spending, while bettering quality of care, won the approval of a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) advisory committee.

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Dec 13

2018

Senator to Pfizer CEO: Stop Playing ‘Political Games’ with Drug Prices

Once again, Pfizer is in hot water with a politician for raising prices. This time, it's Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., who's accusing the drugmaker of playing "political games" rather than taking real action to hold down the cost of drugs.

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Dec 13

2018

Seeking Clarity on Drug Pricing

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar wants to make prescription drug pricing more transparent. We agree, but his well-intentioned plan will only confuse and mislead consumers. What's the good of listing drug prices in advertising if almost no one pays that "list price?" When patients say, "My drugs are too expensive," they're not talking

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Dec 12

2018

U.S. Spends More than Other Countries on Hospitals

The United States spends more on hospitals per capita than any other of the 36 countries that are in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

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Dec 12

2018

More than 300 Stakeholder Groups Call on Congress to Block Proposed IPI Model

Yesterday, 339 patient, provider, and caregiver groups, on behalf of the Part B Access for Seniors and Physicians Coalition (ASP Coalition), sent a letter to Congress encouraging lawmakers to block the implementation of the International Pricing Index (IPI) model that was announced last month.

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Dec 12

2018

What Might Come After the Oncology Care Model

While the Oncology Care Model (OCM) is likely not a sustainable mode for oncology care, it will probably inform what payment structure comes next, said Michael Kolodziej, MD, vice president, chief innovation officer, ADVI Health, Inc.

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Dec 12

2018

House Passes a Baby Step on Drug Prices

The House yesterday overwhelmingly passed a bill cracking down on some of the tactics Mylan used to pay lower Medicaid rebates for the EpiPen. The Senate is hoping to pass the bill this year, Axios' Caitlin Owens reports.

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