• Lawmakers call for delay of DMEPOS program

    By Rachel Landen Posted: June 6, 2013 – 6:45 pm ET Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have asked CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner to delay the second-round implementation of Medicare’s Durable Medical Equipment Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) competitive-bidding program, scheduled to take effect July 1. Reps. Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.) and Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) have circulated a… Read more »

  • FDA panel favors easing safety limits on Avandia

    By Associated Press Posted: June 6, 2013 – 5:00 pm ET Federal health experts are recommending changes to safety restrictions on former blockbuster diabetes pill Avandia, in light of a new analysis suggesting that the drug may not increase the risk of heart attack as much as previously thought. A majority on a Food and Drug… Read more »

  • Health reform plans, pricing revealed in California

    By Associated Press Posted: May 24, 2013 – 8:00 am ET Californians are finally getting to see what “Obamacare” means for them. President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul made a big leap Thursday when California’s health insurance exchange announced the plans and the prices that will be offered to those buying individual coverage. Some of the… Read more »

  • 340B Peer to Peer Webinar

    340B Peer to Peer Webinar: 340B Peer to Peer Implementation Strategies to Ensure Program Integrity The next upcoming Peer-to-Peer webinar will be held Wednesday, May 29, 2013 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (ET). Once eligibility and enrollment into the 340B program is complete, covered entities face several implementation decisions and processes to operationalize the 340B… Read more »

  • 340B Program registration

    To participate in the 340B Program, eligible organizations/covered entities must register and be enrolled with the 340B program and comply with all 340B Program requirements. Once enrolled, covered entities are assigned a 340B identification number that vendors verify before allowing an organization to purchase 340B discounted drugs. For information and eligibility requirements review the criteria  at www.hrsa.gov/opa… Read more »

  • FDA: Morning-after pill to move over the counter

    By Associated Press Posted: April 30, 2013 – 6:30 pm ET The government is moving the morning-after pill over the counter but only those 15 and older can buy it — an attempt to find middle ground just days before a court-imposed deadline to lift all age restrictions on the emergency contraceptive. Today, Plan B… Read more »

  • CMS proposes 1.1% payment bump for hospices

     Rich Daly Modern Healthcare Posted: April 29, 2013 – 7:15 pm ET Hospices would receive a $180 million boost from Medicare in the next fiscal year under a proposed rule issued Monday (PDF). The proposed rule would provide a 1.1% increase in fiscal 2014 payments to hospices, which treated more than 1.3 million Medicare beneficiaries in… Read more »