President Trump’s “American Patients First” blueprint outlines several initiatives to lower drug prices and reduce patients’ out-of-pocket costs.
Prescription drug coverage is an optional benefit under Medicaid, but all states currently provide this coverage.
State Medicaid programs continue to balance serving eligible beneficiaries and controlling costs.
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The deaths caused by opioids in 2016 exceeded the total deaths in any single year from car accidents, gun violence and even HIV/AIDS at the height of that epidemic.
As the opioid crisis in the United States continues to deepen—with opioid overdoses claiming 42,000 lives in 20161—policymakers, providers, advocates and other stakeholders are seeking out all available resources in an attempt to fight back.
There is a quote by science fiction writer Amelia Atwater-Rhodes that is the ideal lead-in to any discussion about healthcare data and analytics: “Life is nothing without a little chaos to make it interesting.”
There are six key drivers of the movement to a risk-based healthcare environment:
Mandated compliance programs are not a new concept, but they have evolved over time.
In early 2017, California Assembly member Jim Wood introduced Bill AB-265, banning the use of copay coupons in California when a generic equivalent drug covered by an individual’s health plan exists.