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Guess what? Part B drug spending remains stable share of Medicare spending

By Nicole Longo  |    January 23, 2018
Did you know that if you look at medicines in the pipeline for previously unmet medical needs, many are new and exciting immunotherapy treatments that are physician administered? That means these...   Read More

PhRMA urges CMS to share the savings with seniors

By Juliet Johnson  |    January 17, 2018
Yesterday, PhRMA submitted comments in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Request for Information (RFI) on sharing a portion of manufacturer rebates directly with...   Read More

Medicare Monday: Helping beneficiaries access vaccines

By Nicole Longo  |    December 18, 2017
Last month, we released a State of Vaccines report, as well as an update to our Medicines in Development for Vaccines report, which shared exciting information about the 264 vaccines currently in...   Read More

Medicare Monday: PhRMA’s comments on new direction for CMMI

By Nicole Longo  |    November 20, 2017
Today, PhRMA submitted its comments in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) request for information on the future of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation...   Read More

Medicare Monday: Same bad ideas continue to threaten Part D and beneficiary access to medicines

By Nicole Longo  |    November 13, 2017
Perhaps the biggest fact that is often overlooked about Part D is that there is already significant price negotiation in the program. Thanks to Part D’s competitive structure, large purchasers...   Read More

Medicare Monday: CMS withdraws Part B demo, takes positive step forward on CMMI

By Nicole Longo  |    October 30, 2017
In case you missed it, earlier this month, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services formally withdrew a controversial proposal that would have had a detrimental impact on patient access to...   Read More

Medicare Monday: Open enrollment is here again

By Nicole Longo  |    October 16, 2017
It’s that time of year again: Medicare open enrollment! As of Sunday, October 15, newly qualified patients and current Medicare beneficiaries can review their coverage options and select their...   Read More

Medicare Monday: Medicare Part D by the numbers

By Nicole Longo  |    September 11, 2017
Getting back into the swing of things as Fall approaches? Here’s some light Medicare reading! And if you need a refresher, you can go back to our ABC (and Ds) of Medicare post:   Read More

Medicare Monday: Call for repeal of IPAB intensifies

By Nicole Longo  |    August 28, 2017
Efforts to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) are gaining momentum as health care stakeholders and policymakers on both sides of the aisle continue to voice their concerns over...   Read More

Medicare Monday: What is the Extra Help program?

By Nicole Longo  |    August 21, 2017
Medicare Part D’s Extra Help program helps low-income beneficiaries better afford their medicines. In fact, millions of beneficiaries have received Extra Help in Part D.   Read More

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