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April 27: 2017 Community Oncology Conference, “Fueling the Cancer Moonshot” Brings Together Pioneering Cancer Care Teams

2017 Community Oncology Conference, “Fueling the Cancer Moonshot” Brings Together Pioneering Cancer Care Teams Physicians, Administrators, Nurses, Pharmacists, and Patient Advocates Will Share Latest Innovation in Cancer Care Today, the Community Oncology Alliance (COA) kicks off the 2017 Community Oncology [...]

April 26: Republicans finalize new Obamacare repeal proposal

The White House, top House conservatives and a key moderate Republican have finalized a new Obamacare repeal and replace plan they hope will break a month-long logjam on a key priority for President Donald Trump. Read the full article on [...]

April 26: Pre-Obamacare, Preexisting Conditions Long Vexed States And Insurers

For most of his life, Carl Goulden had near-perfect health. He and his wife, Wanda, say that changed 10 years ago. Read the full article in Kaiser Health News here.

April 26: Report Calls for Adding Shared Decision Making to CMS’ Oncology Care Model

A new report published by the Urban Institute suggests that CMS’ Oncology Care Model (OCM) could be substantially improved by incorporating a formal framework for shared decision making (SDM) between patients and oncologists. Read the full article in AJMC here.

April 25: Another Voice: Benefit Managers Contribute to High Drug Prices

For a professor of pharmaceutical ethics, John Jones’ recent Another Voice column, “Blame drugmakers for high-priced drugs,” is a disappointing example of the kind of ethical blindness that has left our health care system with the problem of insanely high [...]

April 25: A Huge Pharma Middleman Just Lost Its Biggest Customer — and It Shows How Drug Pricing Really Works

Express Scripts is losing a big customer. Anthem, the big health insurer, is ending its contract with the company following a 2016 lawsuit. Read the full article on Business Insider here.

April 25: Doctors Look to Price for Tweaks in Medicare Rule

Doctors are hoping Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, a fellow physician, will address challenges for small practices in a proposed Medicare rule expected in coming weeks. Read the full article on The Hill here.

April 25: Express Scripts to Lose Top Client Anthem Amid Legal Dispute

Express Scripts Holding Co. will lose its biggest customer at the end of 2019, when health insurer Anthem Inc. will drop the pharmacy benefit manager after accusing it of overcharging by billions of dollars a year. Read the full article [...]

April 25: Which PBM Best Managed Drug Spending in 2016: How Did OptumRx Compare?

In Which PBM Best Managed Drug Spending in 2016: CVS Health, Express Scripts, MedImpact, or Prime?, I examined the 2016 drug trend reports from four leading pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). OptumRx, the PBM business of UnitedHealth, released its report too [...]

April 24: COA Tackles PBMs, Big Data, and the OCM at Annual Meeting

The real impetus for fueling the Cancer Moonshot is coming from community oncology practices, not large research institutions, according to the Community Oncology Alliance (COA), which has made that the theme of its 2017 conference next week in National Harbor, [...]

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