THS Analysis: ACO enrollment declines for the first time in seven years

THS analysis: ACO enrollment declines for the first time in seven years On Wednesday, July 17, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma published a blog in Health Affairs announcing that just 66 ACOs joined the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) for the July 1 start date – less than half the

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THS Analysis: Trump administration nixes drug rebate proposal

THS analysis: Trump administration nixes drug rebate proposal On Thursday, the Trump administration withdrew a drug rebate proposal that would have required pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) to pass along rebate savings to consumers rather than keeping them as a profit for themselves. The plan, announced on January 31, 2019, had three main goals: Address rebates

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THS Analysis: Advancing American Kidney Health program

THS Analysis: Advancing American Kidney Health program On Wednesday, July 10 President Trump signed an executive order creating the Advancing American Kidney Health program. The order seeks to reduce the number of Americans developing end-stage renal disease (ESRD) by 25 percent by 2030 and have 80 percent of new ESRD patients either receiving dialysis at

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Analysis: Trump administration unveils plan to allow drug importation from Canada

On Wednesday, HHS and the FDA released a plan to lay the foundation to import certain low-cost drugs from Canada. Insulin, biological drugs, controlled substances, and intravenous drugs would not be included. According to HHS Secretary Alex Azar, who alluded to working on a proposal with President Trump just a day earlier, the plan represents

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