ACR: Proposed legislation could eliminate prior authorization ‘hurdles’ in Medicare Advantage

June 7, 2019
The American College of Rheumatology has applauded a proposed federal bill that would amend the Social Security Act to regulate the use of prior…

As Trump administration considers importing drugs from Canada, experts analyze risks, benefits

June 4, 2019
The idea of importing prescription drugs from Canada as a means to lower prices is back under scrutiny with President Donald J. Trump verbally…

AMA Opioid Task Force releases recommendations for policymakers

May 31, 2019
On May 30, the AMA Opioid Task Force released new recommendations for policymakers to eliminate substance abuse and pain treatment barriers and make…

Experts divided regarding impact from Trump’s plan to put drug prices in TV ads

May 29, 2019
HHS recently enacted one of the first concrete steps toward President Donald J. Trump’s pledge to lower drug prices in finalizing a federal…

California Assembly passes bill to restrict dialysis profits

May 23, 2019
The California Assembly voted 46-15 to pass A.B. 290, a measure that would limit dialysis provider and rehabilitation center profits operating in the…
Meeting News

Uncertain future ahead for FDA without full-time commissioner

May 22, 2019
WASHINGTON — Following nearly 2 years under the leadership of Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, the FDA and its Acting Commissioner Norman E…

Trump administration’s latest challenge to Affordable Care Act rests on shaky legal grounds

May 20, 2019
The Justice Department brief filed on May 1 amounts to the Trump administration picking and choosing what parts of the Affordable Care Act should…

Choice of transplant drugs remains intact after Medicare Part D formulary update

May 17, 2019
CMS issued a final rule on May 16 that will continue to allow, at least for now, transplant physicians to prescribe most anti-rejection transplant…

Legislators propose add-on payment to dialysis composite rate to spur use of new technology

May 16, 2019
Two legislators have introduced a bill in the Congress that would offer an add-on payment to the Medicare composite rate for dialysis treatments…

Trump administration’s proposed ‘historic’ changes to primary care needed, but uptake might be limited

May 15, 2019
Experts and medical societies recently indicated that the new voluntary CMS Primary Cares initiative announced by HHS Secretary Alex Azar is a…