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March 15, 2019
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Azar says HHS is working on Medicare wage index "absurdity"
Azar says HHS is working on Medicare wage index "absurdity"
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HHS Secretary Alex Azar acknowledged what he said were absurd disparities in the Medicare wage index during a Senate Finance Committee hearing Thursday, noting "much of the absurdity is based into statute." After hearing complaints from senators about large differences in payments between states, Azar said the agency is soliciting comments on proposals to revise the entire system but warned it is limited in what it can do.
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Old antitrust law could throw a new wrinkle in proposals to cut drug spending
The Robinson-Patman Act, which bans the sale of the same product to different customers for different prices, could stymie the Trump administration's plans to reduce drug prices, experts say.
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CMS unveils new tools to help more states to seek Medicaid waivers
The CMS released a new set of resources to encourage more states to pursue Section 1115 demonstration waivers and make it easier for them to secure federal approval to implement changes to their Medicaid programs, such as requiring beneficiaries to work or lose eligibility. CMS Administrator Seema Verma wrote in a blog post that the new resources, which include templates for creating implementation plans and reporting documents, as well as guidance for assessing demonstrations, are designed "to support state monitoring and evaluation efforts."
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