August 22, 2015

Driven by the funding priorities of health reform under the Affordable Care Act, primary care physicians once again are moving to the center of American health care.

August 22, 2015

Health reform is spawning new risk-sharing patient-care initiatives that are shifting the focus of health delivery.

August 20, 2015

DSN recently sat down with KPMG's Larry Kocot — who now heads up KPMG’s Center for Healthcare Regulatory Insight — to discuss the future of payment system reforms.

August 20, 2015

Fifty years ago this summer, President Lyndon B. Johnson secured his place in history by signing into law the legislation that created Medicare and Medicaid. It was a landmark in the nation’s social and political development and an evolutionary leap for community pharmacy.

August 20, 2015

In the Aug. 24 issue, DSN also highlighted some of the companies attracting — and retaining — New General Market consumers, including Ansell, Beiersdorf, Dentek, Fleet, hello products, Kao Brands, Mentholatum, Paris Presents and Wahl.

August 19, 2015

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a bill that would grant doctors the final say on which prescription drugs to prescribe for their patients in Medicaid's managed care programs, the Associated Press reports.

August 17, 2015

To meet AWP requirements, Medicare Part D sponsors must have terms posted by Sept. 15, CMS says. 

July 31, 2015

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services this week announced that they expect the average premium for a basic Medicare Part D prescription drug plan in 2016 to remain stable at about $32.50 per month.

July 31, 2015

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores commented on the proposed regulations on the use of managed care in Medicaid and in the Children’s Health Insurance Program, urging "to maintain the strong link between Medicaid patients and community pharmacies and the valuable services that these pharmacies provide."

July 30, 2015

Fifty years ago this summer, President Lyndon B. Johnson secured his place in history by signing into law the legislation that created Medicare and Medicaid. To commemorate the anniversary, Drug Store News has put together an exclusive report on the effect that Medicare and Medicaid have had on the retail pharmacy industry and how it has transformed the role of the pharmacist.

July 28, 2015

The National Association of Chain Stores commented this week on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ proposed regulations guiding the use of managed care in Medicaid and in the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

July 14, 2015

Congress, Medicare and industry stakeholders should strike the right balance to cut out fraud in the Medicare Part D drug program while preserving patient access to critical medications, the National Community Pharmacists Association stated in comments submitted in conjunction with a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing Tuesday on the topic.

July 13, 2015

The White House has nominated Andy Slavitt, an advocate of data-driven health innovation, to serve as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ administrator. 

July 13, 2015

How hard is it to find $24 billion to offset the cost of repealing the medical device tax? As hard as it is “to find a cup of coffee at Starbucks.” That’s according to National Center for Policy Analysis senior fellow John R. Graham, in a Forbes commentary.

July 9, 2015

Congress pressures CMS to create regulatory framework around generic drug price transparency. 

July 9, 2015

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores submitted a statement for the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing titled “Medicaid at 50: Strengthening and Sustaining the Program” emphasizing the role pharmacy plays in providing convenient, accessible, and cost-effective health services to Medicaid beneficiaries.

May 12, 2015

CMS recently released new, privacy-protected data on Medicare Part D prescription drugs prescribed by physicians and other health care professionals in 2013.

May 11, 2015

As many as 8 million of the 40 million older adults in the United States have multiple chronic conditions and receive help with activities of daily living.

April 27, 2015

Members of the U.S. Senate and the House urged a one-year transition period for states to implement the April 2015 average manufacturer price based federal upper limits. 

April 14, 2015

Total dollars spent on prescriptions in the U.S. were up 13.1%.

March 18, 2015

Bipartisan legislation to improve medication therapy management services for senior citizens enrolled in Medicare received a nod from NACDS.

March 4, 2015

In a meeting with nearly two dozen leaders representing consumers, insurers, providers and business leaders, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell on Jan. 26 announced measurable goals and a timeline to move the Medicare program, and the healthcare system at large, toward paying providers based on the quality of care they give patients.

February 26, 2015

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has submitted a statement to the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health expressing concerns about pharmacy-related budget proposals.

February 5, 2015

In this issue, DSN looks at another three hot spot issues identified by PwC’s HRI that will help define how health care is provided in 2015.