Tag Archives: Medicare

The Public Backs Medicare Rx Price Negotiation Even After Hearing Both Sides’ Views

As Congress debates cutting prescription drug costs, a poll released Tuesday found the vast majority of adults — regardless of their political party or age — support letting the federal government negotiate drug prices for Medicare beneficiaries and those in private health insurance plans. The argument that pharmaceutical companies need to charge high prices to… Read More »

Medicare lacks cyber oversight of hospitals’ networked medical devices: OIG

Dive Brief: The HHS Office of Inspector General has found Medicare lacks consistent cybersecurity oversight of networked medical devices in hospitals. Without proper cybersecurity controls, these devices can be compromised with the potential for patient harm, according to OIG. CMS’ survey protocol is devoid of requirements for networked device cybersecurity. OIG’s review revealed Medicare accreditation… Read More »

Medicare Part D benefit design leads to higher costs for specialty drugs

One of the leading causes of rising prescription drug prices in recent years is the increase in so-called “specialty drugs,” something that is caused, at least in part, by the benefit design of the Medicare Part D program. Democrats are hoping to tackle this problem by letting the federal government negotiate with drug manufacturers. While… Read More »