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Medicare Monday: Positive impact of Part D on America’s seniors

By Nicole Longo  |    June 5, 2017
Implementation of Medicare Part D significantly increased access to medicines for seniors and for those under age 65 with permanent disabilities. Since then, Part D has contributed to significant...   Read More

Medicare Monday: Catch up on MedPAC and its Part B recommendations

By Nicole Longo  |    May 29, 2017
A long weekend is the perfect time to catch up on your reading list. For policy wonks, you can get up to speed with our Memorial Day reading list on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission...   Read More

Medicare Monday: Did you know Medicare Part B uses a market-based system to pay for medicines?

By Nicole Longo  |    May 22, 2017
We often discuss the creation of Part D when we talk about the market-based changes that the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) made to Medicare, but that’s just one example. Today, let’s take a...   Read More

Medicare Monday: Why imposing Medicaid-style rebates in Part D is a bad idea

By Nicole Longo  |    May 15, 2017
We’ve talked a lot about how repealing the non-interference clause in Medicare Part D would negatively impact beneficiaries. But there are other proposals to fundamentally alter the structure of...   Read More

Medicare Monday: How finding an Alzheimer’s treatment could lower Medicare spending

By Nicole Longo  |    May 8, 2017
Alzheimer’s disease is devastating and impacts more than 5.5 million Americans and their families. While America’s biopharmaceutical researchers have been working tirelessly to find a cure for the...   Read More

Medicare Monday: What the experts are saying about the Independent Payment Advisory Board

By Nicole Longo  |    May 1, 2017
The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a panel of 15 members selected by the President and confirmed by the Senate, is tasked with proposing cuts to Medicare if spending exceeds a certain...   Read More

Medicare Monday: Stakeholders raise concern with MedPAC’s proposed changes to drug purchasing program

By Nicole Longo  |    April 24, 2017
A couple weeks ago, we looked at what a broad group of stakeholders have said about the recommended changes to Part B that the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) voted in support of....   Read More

Medicare Monday: Another example of the competitive market at work in Part D

By Nicole Longo  |    April 17, 2017
Hepatitis C is a devastating viral disease that can result in life-threatening and costly complications. Five years ago, the only available treatment for the disease often resulted in debilitating...   Read More

Medicare Monday: What they are saying about MedPAC’s Part B recommendations

By Nicole Longo  |    April 10, 2017
Last week, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) voted on a number of recommendations affecting Medicare Part B. These proposed changes could negatively impact patients’ access to Part...   Read More

Medicare Monday: A guide to MedPAC’s Part B vote this week

By Allyson Funk  |    April 3, 2017
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) is an independent congressional agency that advises Congress on issues related to the Medicare program, including payment, access to and quality...   Read More

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