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Congress Tackles Drug Prices: Much Bipartisan Support; and Recent Trends in Drug Costs Here and What Other Countries Pay

Finally it looks like Congress might just re-visit Medicare Part D and let Medicare negotiate rates with drug companies.   See charts below: http://www.statnews.com/2015/12/01/stat-harvard-drug-prices-poll/  The VA and Medicaid can negotiate rates. Senate Special Committee on Aging holds drug costs hearing December … Continue reading

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Legislative Malpractice

Nothing Is more terrible than ignorance in action, Goethe With the news that the Senate will not confirm Don Berwick, MD, CMS, Administrator, that expression has moved from ‘ignorance in action’ to ‘maliciousness in action.’ CMS has been leaderless for … Continue reading

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National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategies

The current Integrator Blog looks at a new study from Group Health Cooperative on including CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) providers in patient satisfaction and health outcomes.   See the story and a link to the article http://theintegratorblog.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=724&Itemid=189 The timing is … Continue reading

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Some thoughts about Medicare Advantage and Medicare HMO’s

This op-ed originally ran in The Seattle Times in July 2000.  At that time, the Medicare HMO’s were being dumped in droves.  When thinking about changes in Medicare now and the Medicare Advantage program–the same thing is going to happen.  … Continue reading

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A terrific resource

If our health care system were simple, it might be easier to make out what is happening legislatively and who is and who isn’t impacted by the Affordable Care Act.  For health care policy novices, there is a law called … Continue reading

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Selected Columns

I wrote a column for The Seattle Times for four years.  I compiled them recently only to be astonished how little the issues have changed. You can take the content and change the date, and a few dollar amounts, and … Continue reading

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