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Medicare Monday: Moran finds Part B medicine prices are stable, not a key driver of Medicare costs

By Nicole Longo  |    March 26, 2018
Earlier this year, we examined research that shows Part B spending continues to be a small, stable share of overall Medicare spending. Today, we’re looking at the trends in Average Sales Price...   Read More

ICYMI – Two PBM reports show dramatic slowdown in medicine spending growth

By Holly Campbell  |    March 2, 2018
Newly released pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) data show medicine spending is growing at the slowest rate in years. After accounting for discounts and rebates negotiated with biopharmaceutical...   Read More

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

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