Category: Cost Alert

New Issue Brief: Strategies and Policy Recommendations for Addressing Specialty Drug Costs While Assuring Access to Effective Treatments

As we noted in our blog post yesterday, experts project that “spending on specialty drugs is expected to skyrocket over the next decade and beyond.” A new issue brief from AHIP outlines how health plans are working to manage specialty drug spending while ensuring access to high quality care, and outlines specific policy options to promote high-quality, cost-effective drug coverage. Continue reading

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New AHIP Issue Brief: Specialty Drugs’ Growing Contribution to Higher Health Care Costs

When it comes to health care costs, the elephant in the room is the unsustainable rise in prescription drug prices. Continue reading

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Charlotte Observer: “How much should it cost to treat a snake bite?”

An article in the Charlotte Observer relates the story of a man who went to a local hospital to be treated for a snake bite. Continue reading

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Why is it Easier to Find Out Parking Prices from a Hospital than Medical Prices?

An article on the Washington Post’s Wonk Blog highlights a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that explores the mysterious world of hospital pricing. Continue reading

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Highlights from the Coverage of CMS’ Release of Hospital Price Data

Yesterday’s release of data on hospital prices by CMS has generated a lot of buzz in the media. Continue reading

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CMS Releases Data on Hospital Prices

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services today released for the first time data on hospital prices, which show “wide variations not only regionally but among hospitals in the same area or city.” Continue reading

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Cost Alert: Specialists Call for Lower Prices for Cancer Drugs

The New York Times reports today on a group of 100 cancer specialists from around the world who are calling for pharmaceutical companies to lower the price of drugs used to treat chronic myeloid leukemia. Continue reading

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USA Today: Prescription Drug Costs Rising at Twice the Rate of Inflation

USA Today reports on the rise in prescription drug prices, noting “In 2012, prescription drug prices rose 3.6%, twice the 1.7% inflation rate, Bureau of Economic Analysis data show.” Continue reading

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Health Care Cost Institute Chart: 2011 Prescription Spending Slowdown

A new chart from the Health Care Cost Institute illustrates the slowdown in prescription drug spending in 2011 compared to 2010. Continue reading

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ICYMI: Prescription Drug Prices Continue to Soar

Brand-name prescription drug prices continue to escalate, at more than six times the overall price inflation of consumer goods, according to a new report released yesterday by Express Scripts. Continue reading

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