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January 16, 2013
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Top drugstores and trends for 2012
Five pharmacies accounted for roughly 63% of dispensing revenues in the U.S. last year: CVS Caremark, Express Scripts, Rite Aid, Walgreen and Wal-Mart, according to industry expert Adam Fein. Drug Channels (1/15)
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Rep. Levin open to drugmaker rebates for dual eligibles
Congress should address Medicare reform after dealing with sequestration, said Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich. However, the leading Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee expressed openness to changes to the Medicare retirement age and a proposal that would require drugmakers to issue a rebate for therapies sold to people eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. Politico (5/7)
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Higher star ratings draw bigger MA enrollment, study finds
A report in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that higher ratings under the star system used to evaluate Medicare Advantage plans translate to higher enrollment. A one-star increase was associated with a 9.5 percentage-point increase in likelihood of enrollment. However, researcher Dr. William Shrank urged consumers to also look beyond the rating system. "Consumers have a bunch of things to look at," he said. "Quality should be an important consideration, but it isn't the only consideration." Kaiser Health News/Capsules blog (1/15)
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Public appetite for cutting spending wanes when details are discussed
Americans seem more comfortable with the abstract idea of reducing federal spending than detailed proposals for doing so, complicating the effort to address the looming sequestration. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (1/15)
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