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Cancer Docs Weigh in on Medicare Part B Demo


This week, American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) President Daniel Hayes, MD and CEO Clifford Hudis, MD shared their thoughts in The Hill on how “We can do better than Medicare Part B demo.” At the forefront of oncology, they remind us that we are living in remarkable times of real progress – treatment options are ever-improving as is the number of cancer survivors. However, the experimental nature of Medicare Part B demo poses a Read More >

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Correcting the Record On Politico’s Misinformed Article


Politico recently explored the relationship between the biopharmaceutical industry and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The article laments the supposed high cost of drugs and implicitly endorses policies that would not only do little for patients in need of medications, but also stifle innovation through research and development. The implication that the “structural reforms” the story talks about would fundamentally change drug costs in this country is myopic and misinformed. Those so-called “reforms” like top-down, Read More >

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Partners for Healthy Dialogues: Letter to CMS

Partners for Health Dialogues

BIO, a member of Partners for Healthy Dialogues (P4HD), joined 25 medical societies and manufacturers in a letter to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services highlighting both their shared commitment to sunshine and the importance of context in the upcoming data release.  As BIO CEO Jim Greenwood said in a Q&A with P4HD: “We believe that part of CMS’s public service function in this area should be to help improve the public’s understanding of the need for Read More >

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What Parallel Review Means for Manufacturers

Drug Manufacturing

By Stephen Rothenberg, J.D. and Matt Levy, J.D., Numerof & Associates, Inc. (NAI) Currently, the FDA and CMS consider new medical products in series; after FDA approval or clearance, CMS begins consideration of a National Coverage Determination (NCD), if requested by an interested stakeholder. Any party seeking drug approval (e.g., manufacturers, suppliers, providers, medical professional organizations, and Medicare beneficiaries) may initiate a request for an NCD. In addition, CMS may initiate a request for an Read More >

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Current Challenges in Payment Reform

By Alyson Pusey, BIO. The Affordable Care Act created several demonstration projects to test innovative care delivery systems that increase quality of care while decreasing costs.  Speaking as a panelist was Jonathan Blum, Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicare at CMS, who discussed how the agency is thinking about payment reform.  Evidenced by the recent proposed rule on accountable care organizations (ACOs), the agency is looking to providers and the health care Read More >

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