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How this 'obscure' pricing model is helping lower Rx drug prices

November 11, 2019


An old pricing model called quality-adjusted life years, or QALYs, puts a dollar value on the benefits a drug can have for a patient—and it is increasingly being used by Harvard Medical School's Institute for Clinical and Economic Review to nudge drugmakers into lowering prices.

HHS files lawsuit claiming Gilead infringed on its patents for PrEP

November 8, 2019


The Trump administration on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Gilead Sciences claiming the drugmaker's sales of the HIV-prevention drugs Truvada and Descovy violate HHS patents.

Research shows many Medicare beneficiaries face high out-of-pocket costs

November 6, 2019


Many seniors and disabled U.S. residents grapple with high health care costs despite being enrolled in Medicare, according to research published this week.

CMS delays controversial price transparency requirements—and other key takeaways from the HOPPS final rule

November 4, 2019


CMS on Friday released a final rule to update Medicare's Hospital Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems for calendar year 2020, in which the agency said it will continue to implement site-neutral payment cuts and cuts under Medicare's 340B Drug Discount Program, despite separate court rulings striking down the policies.

Trump will nominate MD Anderson CMO to lead FDA

November 4, 2019


President Trump on Friday announced that he intends to nominate Stephen Hahn, CMO of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, to serve as FDA commissioner—and Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health at HHS, has replaced Ned Sharpless as FDA's acting commissioner until Hahn is confirmed.

How Warren would pay for 'Medicare for All'

November 4, 2019


Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, on Friday unveiled how she would pay for a so-called "Medicare-for-All" plan without raising taxes on middle-income U.S. residents.

CMS finalizes Medicare payment updates for home health and kidney care

November 1, 2019


CMS on Thursday finalized two separate rules that will increase Medicare payments for home health agencies and end-stage renal disease care.

What health care will look like in 10 years, according to TIME

October 31, 2019


TIME recently rounded up 12 innovations that will transform "medicine at a remarkable pace" over the next decade, including drone-delivered medical supplies and a stem-cell cure for diabetes.

The 3 root causes of US drug shortages, according to FDA

October 31, 2019


U.S. drug shortages are increasing and causing hospitals to ration lifesaving treatments, according to an FDA report released Tuesday, and the agency has three main recommendations to address the issue.

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