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Partnership for Part D Access Launches Today

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BIO joins patient groups and other health care stakeholders today to announce the formation of the Partnership for Part D Access, a coalition committed to protecting access to necessary medications for patients in the Medicare Part D prescription drug program. The Partnership for Part D Access opposes a proposed rule from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that would reduce the number of “protected classes” of medication in Medicare Part D, specifically Read More >

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IPAB: Bad Medicine for Patient Care

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The Independent Payment Advisory Board is bad medicine for patient care, deficit reduction and containing Medicare costs. This board, consisting of 15 bureaucrats appointed by the President, has been given the power to make decisions affecting patients’ quality of care, with almost no oversight and no means for challenging its decisions. IPAB must be repealed. There is widespread support among patient advocacy groups and members of Congress on both sides of the aisle for full Read More >

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Sen. Grassley Raises Concerns over 340B Program

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In a memo written this week, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) responded to a recent Kaiser Health News report by asking whether 340B-eligible hospitals are ‘doing everything possible to help uninsured patients receive health care, including affordable prescription drugs.’ 340B is an important safety net program designed to help uninsured indigent patients gain greater access to prescription medicines.  While there remains a need for this safety net program, there are emerging concerns about the program in Read More >

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Medicare Part B: Barriers to Cancer Treatment

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The National Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) has seen a notable rise in calls for assistance from both Medicare beneficiaries and cancer doctors regarding difficulty accessing certain cancer drugs in the physician office setting, where most patients receive their care. As a result, patients are being forced to seek cancer treatment in the hospital setting to access their life-saving cancer medicines; this displacement disrupts their continuum of care, is inconvenient, and is more costly to the Read More >

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Reimbursement Cuts Jeopardize Public Health

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Just this month physicians who administer lifesaving therapies in their offices are seeing their reimbursements cut due to the sequestration.  That’s because while some government spending was exempted from the sequestration, reimbursements under Medicare Part B were not. And yet, some continue to call for additional cuts to this important program, where some of the sickest patients receive their therapies under the administration of a physician.  Additional cuts to Medicare Part B would have a Read More >

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