All posts by Vince Sampson

Medicare for All unveiled in House. Some things old, some things new, but much left to do

Recently, progressive democrats in the House of Representatives lead by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) released the long-awaited Medicare for All Act of 2019 (M4A) proposal.  M4A differs from single-payer plans released by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and various Washington think tanks. One of the most significant differences […]

340B Drug Program Price Ceiling and Penalties Moved Up To Start January 1st

On November 30, 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule that puts in effect January 1, 2019, rather than July 1, 2019 as previously announced significant changes to the 340B program including a ceiling price on how much drug manufactures can charge hospitals who […]

***Updated** HHS Releases Plan to Require Drug Makers to list prices on TV ads

***Update- Final rule released*** Yesterday HHS released the final rule which takes effect in 60 days.  The final rule made some technical changes and one notable change, that state law-based claims that depend “in whole or in part on any pricing statement required by this rule” are preempted.  Yesterday, the Department […]

HHS Announces Innovation and Investment Summit

Yesterday, Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan announced the launch of the Deputy Secretary’s Innovation and Investment Summit (DSIIS).  DSIIS follows a June 2018 request for information to “develop a workgroup to facilitate constructive, high-level dialogue between HHS leadership and those focused on innovating and investing […]

CMS Releases Guidance Allowing Step Therapy for Part B Drugs

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance and a Fact Sheet that will provide Medicare Advantage (MA) plans the option of utilizing “step therapy”  for Medicare Part B drugs.   Recall, the concept of changing the way Medicare pays for Part B drugs was first discussed in the Administration’s May 2018 Blueprint.

**UPDATED*** Administration Releases Long-Awaited Drug Pricing Reform Plan

***5/14/2018 Update***   This morning, HHS Secretary Azar gave a speech offering additional details on the Blueprint.  Included in his remarks are plans to publicly identify companies suspected of “using public health rules to pad their profits”; send letters to all Medicare Part D plan sponsors indicating gag clauses in pharmacy contracts are unacceptable […]

President set to outline drug pricing plan: how far will it go?

Tomorrow at 2 p.m., EST,  the President is scheduled to deliver a long-awaited drug pricing strategy speech to put “America’s patients first.”  While details of the speech have been closely held, it is anticipated that it will  discuss a “comprehensive strategy” for combating the rising cost of prescription drugs and build on two previous actions which […]