This Weekly’s Hot Topics
- Tomorrow at 10am CMMI to present second webinar on direct contracting payment methodology CMS News
- Tomorrow at 5:30pm MOASC webinar for physicians and clinicians with California Medicare contractor Medical Director MOASC News
- USP 797 & USP 800 are in full force National News
On January 10, California governor Gavin Newsom unveiled his proposed 2020–21 state budget. In a press conference that lasted nearly three hours, the governor explained how the $222.2 billion budget (PDF) addresses some of the most pressing problems facing Californians, including catastrophic wildfires and public education funding. The budget also signaled Newsom’s health care priorities, making care more affordable, improving the state’s behavioral health system, and more. To read more click here and go to California News.
TOMORROW! MOASC has secured a special PHYSICIAN’S encore webinar with the California Medicare contractor Medical Director, Arthur Lurvey, MD, FACP, FACE, who will present Getting Ready for Medicare in 2020 and 2021, January 22, 2020 at 5:30pm-PST. Physicians, NPP’s and all interested staff are welcome. The webinar affords physicians to enter into live dialogue and Q&A with the California Medicare medical director. To read more click here and go to MOASC News
The PRI Center for Medical Economics and Innovation has produced a paper by Wayne Winegarden that explores ways legislators can have a positive impact on drug affordability, and how current proposals will not achieve that goal. Winegarden proposes a number of reforms, of particular interest is the need to reform the role of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). Among the reforms suggested by Winegarden are ending the current system of PBMs negotiating rebates off the list price. Instead, he proposes a system based on the net price paid by the patient or insurer. Doing so would eliminate disincentives favoring medicines with more expensive list prices but higher rebates. He also suggests requiring PBMs to publicly publish rebates, discounts, and price concessions, so patients and doctors can more easily recognize the costs of alternative medicines. To read more click here and go to National News.
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