Our Healthcare Hot Topics of the Week

Life is hectic, we know, so here’s a recap of the Healthcare Weekly Hot Topics you can’t afford to miss:

  1. Montana Legislature passes Medicaid expansion bill. The Associated Press, April 18, 2019.

The Montana House passed a bill to continue the program for another six years. The program provides care to almost 100,000 residents.

2) Trump Administration Launches Program to Rein In Medicare Costs. The Wall Street Journal, April 22, 2019.

The primary-care initiative is meant to offer physicians payment options.

3) Doctors, pharmacists in 5 states charged in prescription pain pill bust totaling 32 million pills. USA Today, April 17 2019.

The doctors and pharmacists were charged will illegally prescribing prescription opioids.

4) Scammers May Be Using DNA Testing to Defraud Medicare and Steal Identities. Bloomberg, April 17, 2019.

The scammers are visiting assisted living facilities offering to preform DNA testing and collecting information from people in government health programs.

5) CMS to allow copay accumulators, cut exchange user fees. Modern Healthcare, April 18, 2019.

The rule would allow health insurers to implement copay accumulator programs to prevent drug manufacturer coupons from applying to a patient’s annual limit on out-of-pocket costs in situations where a generic drug is available.

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