I’ve recently come across several articles about topics my colleagues and I have written about in previous blogs this year. Since they were also some of our most popular efforts, I decided to provide updates in this, my last blog of 2018. Where did the time go?
- 1 in 10 insured adults aged 18-64 received a balance bill in the past year (Kaiser Health Tracking Poll).
Balance billing has angered consumers, leading many states to enact legislation to curb the practice. But advocates say that national legislation is needed, and the movement is gathering steam. Consumers, employers, and insurers are uniting to protect patients from surprise bills, recently putting forth guiding principles (AHIP). You can join in to help enact legislation to keep medical costs affordable for your employees, your business, and your bottom-line.
- The Keystone state led the nation in death by drug overdose.
- Nearly 5,400 residents died of drug overdoses, more than double the national average.
According to the indictment:
- The doctors prescribed 13.2 million doses of OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, and Dilaudid since 2013.
- They ordered and performed unnecessary services like non-clinicalMRIs, improper prescribing, etc.
Rx Formulary Changes Coming in 2019
Drugs Companies Allegedly Colluded to Raise Generic Drug Prices
What started as an anti-trust lawsuit has morphed into a class-action suit, with 47 states as plaintiffs (Washington Post). The suit alleges that at least 16 drug companies fixed pricing on 300 generic drugs.
- Mylan and Sun, both generic manufacturers of albuterol, an asthma drug on the market for decades, are named in a Kroger grocery store lawsuit:
- The price jumped from 13 cents a tablet to $4.70, a 3,400% increase.