AHIP’s Medicaid Conference tackles high-priced specialty drugs

Day one of AHIP’s Medicaid Conference featured a dynamic panel discussion that addressed the problem of rising prescription drug prices and the impact on access and innovation. Continue reading

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Medicare Conference Highlights, Day 2

At day two of AHIP’s Medicare Conference, the opening session focused on the midterm elections in the context of health reform. Avik Roy of the Manhattan Institute shared that both Republicans and Democrats consider health care as the second most important issue to them when deciding how to vote. Continue reading

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Highlights from AHIP’s Medicare Conference, Day 1

The first day of AHIP’s Medicare Conference kicked off Monday with a presentation from Sean Cavanaugh, deputy administrator and director of the Center for Medicare at CMS. During his opening session, he highlighted great news happening in Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D. Continue reading

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The dangers of AWP laws in 1-2-3

Health plans have been creating provider networks that deliver greater efficiency and higher quality. Three separate studies show that “any willing provider” (AWP) laws will undermine those efforts. 1. In the first report, Paul Ginsburg, the Norman Topping Chair in Medicine and Public Policy at the University of Southern California’s Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, concludes that AWP laws can increase health care costs and negatively affect care quality. AWP laws, which allow any doctor or hospital to [...]

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Unaffordable lifesaving drugs – the list is growing

The FDA is on track to approve a record number of high-priced specialty drugs in 2014, according to a new report from Express Scripts. Continue reading

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Consumer Reports: What’s to blame for soaring health care costs

Consumers are angry over outrageous sky-high health care costs, and rightfully so. But what’s to blame for this health care cost outrage? Consumer Reports gives us some answers. Continue reading

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Chart of the day: Anger at outrageous health care costs

Health care costs are increasing at unsustainable and unaffordable rates, and consumers are sounding the alarm. They’re fed up with the soaring prices for medical services, as evidenced by a recent Consumer Reports survey that’s aptly titled The Anger Index. Continue reading

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Charts of the day: Higher prices for the same product

An article in Business Insider has rounded up several charts that show what’s wrong with the U.S. health care system. Not surprisingly, a familiar issue made the list: the exceptionally high costs of lifesaving prescription drugs. Continue reading

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Cover story: Rising drug prices

With a full pipeline of new specialty drugs and ever-rising prices, the drug price problem has grown into a cover story at the Washington Examiner. Continue reading

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AHIP Published In Health Affairs on Medicare Advantage Star System

Improving the Star System would enable health plans to better address the complex health needs of low-income beneficiaries, two AHIP experts on public health care programs write in a new article posted on Health Affairs. Continue reading

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