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Patient and provider groups ask CMS: Don’t turn back the clock on rheumatic disease care

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Writing today in The Hill, Ann Palmer of the Arthritis Foundation and Joan Von Feldt of the American College of Rheumatology have a message for CMS: don’t turn back the clock on rheumatic disease care by proceeding with the recently proposed payment cuts in the Medicare Part B program. They write: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently proposed additional Medicare Part B payment cuts that would make it exceedingly more difficult for Read More >

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Evidence Mounts of Insurer Discrimination against HIV, HCV Patients

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We’ve written before about the problem of discriminatory formulary design in health insurance plans, particularly for patients with high-cost health conditions. Evidence continues to mount that the practice is widespread and poses substantial barriers to accessing needed medicines for patients with potentially deadly and debilitating diseases like HIV and hepatitis C. Late last week, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sued a health plan, alleging that it refused to pay for hepatitis C drugs except Read More >

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New Reports: Insurance Plans Shifting More Costs to Patients

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A new report out this week from the Kaiser Family Foundation showed that patient out of pocket costs are increasing, as insurance plans shift a greater share of costs onto patients via increased deductibles and coinsurance payments. The study found that “between 2004 and 2014, average payments for deductibles and coinsurance rose considerably faster than the overall cost for covered benefits, while the average payments for copayments fell.” It showed that in the same time Read More >

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Morning Consult: Medicare’s Flawed Part B Drug Experiment Could Harm Patients

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In today’s Morning Consult, the Community Oncology Alliance’s Rose Gerber has an excellent piece detailing the potential harm to patients posed by the Medicare Part B demonstration proposed by CMS last month: For Medicare patients, the impacts of CMS’s experiment could be dire. Reducing reimbursement to patients’ physicians to the level proposed would make it impossible for many providers to offer the most clinically effective treatment options to patients – forcing patients to forego prescribed Read More >

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Will your company be the “Buzz of BIO”?

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Anyone who has ever attended the BIO International Convention can attest to the intensity and excitement of the nearly weeklong event. The Convention is buzzing with partnering, networking and discovery, providing multiple opportunities for engagement at every level. Held in San Francisco from June 6-9, 2016, this year’s Convention promises the same standards of high-level programming. Two companies will earn the coveted title of “Buzz of BIO” through a contest that opens today! “Buzz of Read More >

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