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CMS Proposes Change In The Drug Payment Amount Under Medicare Part B

(Reuters) July 12, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Thursday proposed a change in the payment amount for new drugs under its Part B program, amid the Trump administration’s attempts to tackle escalating prices of drugs.

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Dean Gesme, MD (Posted: July 13, 2018)

quotesCMS action on clinical documentation requirements to reduce redundant and superfluous charting is greatly welcomed by those of us who may now have more time to care for patients as opposed to “buffing the chart” to meet coding requirements.quotes

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FDA Commissioner Gottlieb: US Could See Lower Drug Prices If Europe Pays More Of Its Fair Share

(CNBC) May 15, 2018 - U.S. allies' drug pricing strategies are not sustainable for long-term success, and that's adversely leading to higher prescription costs at home and abroad, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Tuesday.

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Dean Gesme, MD (Posted: May 16, 2018)

quotesHow does this work? Higher prices in the non-US market are no assurance of lower prices in the US. Are we relying on the altruism that never has existed in capitalist economies??quotes

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Payment Bundles That Include Drug Costs May Destabilize Cancer Care Delivery Environment

(ASCO in Action) Apr 12, 2018 - An analysis published today in the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP), suggests that including cancer drug costs in bundled payments under Medicare risks destabilizing the cancer care delivery environment.

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Dean Gesme, MD (Posted: April 13, 2018)

quotesThere is no quicker way to "burn out" physicians than to put them "at risk" for expenses that they cannot reasonably and fairly control -- such as drug prices!quotes

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Tomasz M. Beer, MD, FACP

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Dean Gesme, MD

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