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April 24, 2012
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  • Report documents shift toward lower-cost therapies
    A trend toward higher generic drug utilization, preference for lower-cost drugs and lower adherence kept traditional drug spending flat last year, according to an Express Scripts report. Spending on specialty therapies grew by 17.1% over the same period and is expected to rise by the same percentage this year. Drug Channels (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Trustees: Medicare unsustainable without reform
    Medicare will remain solvent for the next 12 years, according to the trustees' annual report, but experts say their prediction is based on some unlikely scenarios, including a scheduled reduction in physician reimbursements. The report said the long-term outlook suggests the program in its current form is unsustainable. Reuters (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Employers and insurers will reform health care if PPACA falls
    If the PPACA is struck down, insurers and employers will continue reforming the nation's health care system, experts say. Employers will continue shifting costs to employees and charging more for those with unhealthy lifestyles; some insurers are likely to retain popular provisions, such as allowing adult children to remain on their parents' plans; and some consulting firms are already setting up privately run insurance exchanges. Bloomberg Businessweek/The Associated Press (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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