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How MACPAC wants to change DSH payments, Medicaid drug rebates, and more

April 16, 2019

Members of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission on Thursday voted to recommend Congress change statutory language governing Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments and eliminate a cap on Medicaid drug rebates.

Weekly Line: Local governments have a clever way to reduce Rx prices. (But it's not entirely legal.)

April 12, 2019

Prescription drugs' increasing price tags are top of mind for nearly everyone trying to contain health care costs.

Sanders just revised his 'Medicare-for-All' proposal. Here's what you need to know.

April 11, 2019

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday unveiled a new version of his so-called "Medicare-for-All" legislation that would expand benefits under the bill to include long-term care coverage.

Sanofi to sell insulin for $99 per month for some patients

April 11, 2019

French drugmaker Sanofi on Wednesday announced it will set a fixed monthly price of $99 for insulin products for patients who pay cash in the United States.

How PBM execs want to reform the Rx pricing system

April 10, 2019

Executives from five of the nation's largest pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Tuesday said they would support legislation to reform PBMs' current drug pricing system by increasing transparency and prohibiting PBMs from charging Medicare and Medicaid higher rates for prescription drugs than pharmacies.

340B providers can now access ceiling prices for 340B drugs

April 10, 2019

HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration last week opened its ceiling-price verification website for 340B drugs to all 340B providers—a move that will allow hospitals to determine whether drugmakers are overcharging them for drugs.

LinkedIn's top 50 companies to work for. (Hint: They're hungry for health care skills.)

April 9, 2019

LinkedIn on Wednesday released its list of the Top 50 Companies in the United States, highlighting the "companies where Americans want to work"—and the list includes a number of big tech companies that are actively expanding into health care.

How CMS wants to ease Medicare Part D plans' transition to proposed rebate rules

April 9, 2019

If CMS moves forward with proposed changes to eliminate certain prescription drug rebates in Medicare and Medicaid plans, the agency will launch a two-year demonstration program to ease Medicare Part D plans' transition.

How researchers uncovered the hidden health risk behind 30K antibiotic-resistant infections each year

April 9, 2019

There is mounting research that drug-resistant bacteria can shift from animals to humans via meat consumption—and the latest findings could open the door to a new, more detailed bacterial monitoring system.

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