KHN: Trump Administration Sinks Teeth Into Paring Down #Drug #Prices

This story notes that CMS approved a Medicaid waiver from Oklahoma in June, but denied a Massachusetts request for a similar exception to existing rules.  Oklahoma’s plan would expand that to negotiate additional prescription price reductions based on value-based purchasing agreements. Still, CMS’ recent rejection of a related Massachusetts proposal makes it difficult to believe … Continue reading KHN: Trump Administration Sinks Teeth Into Paring Down #Drug #Prices

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Having a hard time navigating health care policy changes? Panelists at @nejmcatalyst roundtable offer some help

NEJM's Catalyst has posted video and text from an roundtable on navigating health care policy, this part about  about SOD - social determinants of health. Don Berwick of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement says the Kaiser Permanente approach is "thrilling...the models are surfacing." Panel discussion with @donberwick @MelindaBBuntin Patrick Conway, Raymond Vara & @edprewitt touches … Continue reading Having a hard time navigating health care policy changes? Panelists at @nejmcatalyst roundtable offer some help

Cambridge Mass. doc leads call for reform of “dysfunctional” pharmaceutical system.

Lead author Adam Gaffney is a pulmonologist and critical care physician at the Cambridge Health Alliance. Here's the summary, from the BMJ: Key messages The US and Canadian pharmaceutical systems are dysfunctional Costs are exorbitant, commercial goals distort drug development, misleading promotion fosters misuse, and medications are too often unaffordable for patients We propose reforms that … Continue reading Cambridge Mass. doc leads call for reform of “dysfunctional” pharmaceutical system.

Covering health care — from DNA to ACA — is a challenge. Three reporters share insights and tips at Harvard Law #healthintheheadlines

See #healthintheheadlines for tweets from Wenesdays panel of three top journalists on the challenge of covering healthcare today https://t.co/AboXfZ2VJU — COM 201 (@CO201) April 5, 2018 #healthintheheadlines is now wrapped up! Look for a recording of the panel on our site in a few days! Thanks to @jrovner @rachanadixit @sangerkatz and @emma_sandoe for joining us! … Continue reading Covering health care — from DNA to ACA — is a challenge. Three reporters share insights and tips at Harvard Law #healthintheheadlines

Boston researcher in NYTimes on why the US spends so much on health care. The answer is same as it was in 2003 — prices.

Austin Frakt,  director of the Partnered Evidence-Based Policy Resource Center at the V.A. Boston Healthcare System writes in The New York Times today: A large part of the answer can be found in the title of a 2003 paper in Health Affairs by the Princeton University health economist Uwe Reinhardt: “It’s the prices, stupid.” He … Continue reading Boston researcher in NYTimes on why the US spends so much on health care. The answer is same as it was in 2003 — prices.

KHN: Medicare Fails To Recover Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars In Lab Overcharges

By Fred Schulte, Kaiser Health News Used by permission. Note comment from Boston lawyer. Also published by STATnews.  Five years ago, Companion DX Reference Lab hoped to cash in on cutting-edge genetic tests paid for by Medicare. The Houston lab marketed a test to assess how a person’s genes affect tolerance for drugs such as … Continue reading KHN: Medicare Fails To Recover Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars In Lab Overcharges

Will a legislative study put Massachusetts on the path to single-payer? Supporters head to Beacon Hill to push for it.

Tucked inside the health care bill passed by the state Senate is a provision to study the possibility of a  single-payer health care system. The bill's cost control measures are getting all the attention. From the Globe:   The 100-page bill attempts to help struggling community hospitals by setting a floor for the reimbursements they receive from … Continue reading Will a legislative study put Massachusetts on the path to single-payer? Supporters head to Beacon Hill to push for it.