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FDA announces voluntary recall of another common heart drug

November 6, 2018

FDA says the drug manufacturer ScieGen Pharmaceuticals has voluntarily recalled certain lots of the blood pressure therapy Irbesartan, after agency officials discovered some of the Irbesartan tablets contained an impurity believed to cause cancer.

A new opioid is coming to the US market despite concerns it could worsen the epidemic

November 5, 2018

FDA’s decision to approve a fast-acting, highly potent opioid tablet to serve as an alternative to IV painkillers typically used in hospitals is drawing concerns from some experts who say the drug could intensify the opioid misuse epidemic.

The 'secret weapon' to solve the physician shortage'? It might not be your first guess.

November 5, 2018

Sachin Jain, CEO of CareMore HealthSystem, argues that the United States is missing one solution "right in front of [its] eyes" when looking for ways to address the growing physician shortage.

Inside the 2,378-page Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule

November 2, 2018

CMS' Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule includes changes to evaluation and management visit payments, an initial 3% reduction in Medicare Part B payments for new drugs, new codes to expand providers' telehealth billing options, and more.

Inside the 1,182-page Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System final rule

November 2, 2018

CMS has released a final rule to update Medicare's Hospital Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems for calendar year 2019, which contains several policy updates to address payment differences between different sites of service.

It's coming: 340B rule delayed 5 times to take effect in January, HHS says

November 1, 2018

HHS says a long-delayed rule that would penalize drugmakers that deliberately overcharge providers for drugs purchased under Medicare's 340B Drug Discount Program will take effect Jan. 1, 2019.

$500 and a trip to Mexico: How one insurer is tackling high Rx drug prices

October 31, 2018

Health insurer PEHP, which covers Utah's state employees and their families, is offering enrollees a $500 cash payout, as well as covered expenses, to travel to Mexico to purchase certain prescription drugs.

The top 10 health care innovations for 2019, according to Cleveland Clinic

October 30, 2018

Cleveland Clinic's annual list of the top 10 medical innovations that it predicts will "transform health care in 2019" includes advances in 3-D printing, artificial intelligence, and immunotherapies.

Trump's plan to cut drug spending: Let Medicare Part B pay the same prices as international buyers

October 26, 2018

The Trump administration is considering testing an International Pricing Index model that would pilot three new initiatives intended to lower the prices of drugs covered under Medicare Part B.

Medicaid enrollment dropped—but spending stayed the same, survey finds

October 26, 2018

Medicaid spending in 2018 rose at the same rate as 2017, despite the program experiencing its first enrollment decline since 2007, according to Kaiser Family Foundation's annual survey of state Medicaid directors.

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