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Generic drugs generated $253 billion in savings nationwide in 2016

| Jun 19, 2017 | Federal

The Association for Accessible Medicines released their 2017 Generic Drug Access & Savings in the U.S. report. The ninth annual edition finds that generic medicines generated $253 billion in savings in 2016 and has generated $1.67 trillion in savings over the last decade. In 2016, Medicare and Medicaid respectively saw...[ Read More ]

CMS report on the AHCA differs from CBO's findings

| Jun 16, 2017 | Federal

The CMS Office of the Actuary released its Estimated Financial Effect of the American Health Care Act, as passed by the House, earlier this week, and its projections differ from the Congressional Budget Office’s previously released score, especially in regards to Medicaid, the individual market, and projected cost savings. CMS’s...[ Read More ]

Medicare paid hundreds of millions in electronic health record incentive payments that did not comply with federal requirements

| Jun 12, 2017 | Federal

CMS did not always make EHR incentive payments to EPs in accordance with Federal requirements. On the basis of our sample results, we estimated that CMS inappropriately paid $729.4 million (12 percent of the total) in incentive payments to EPs who did not meet meaningful use requirements. These errors occurred...[ Read More ]

J. D. Power study shows success of integrated delivery systems

| May 25, 2017 | Federal

J. D. Power released their 2017 Member Health Plan Study, which found that integrated delivery systems have a higher member satisfaction rate than traditional insurance models. “Amidst sweeping changes in healthcare delivery and payment models, our data is showing that the one thing consumers value most is clear-cut, easy access...[ Read More ]

Podcast: James Capretta on the American Health Care Act

Kylie Walsh | May 16, 2017 | Federal

We sat down with James Capretta, the Milton Friedman Chair at the American Enterprise Institute in this podcast to talk about the American Health Care Act. He walks us through how the AHCA would work if implemented, points out some of the AHCA's shortfalls and his suggestions, and its possible...[ Read More ]

Podcast: Gov. Kitzhaber on Reform We Can Believe In During a Time of Trump

Kylie Walsh | May 8, 2017 | Federal

In our latest podcast, former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber joined us at our 2017 Northern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference as our afternoon keynote speaker. He discussed the pathways forward for states like California as they seek to continue progress of reform started by the ACA. Drawing upon...[ Read More ]