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News Item - 02/25/2015
The top 10 most expensive drugs of 2013
The price of Gilead Sciences' breakthrough drug Sovaldi has drawn all of the attention this year. By pricing it at $85,000 for a 12-week course, Gilead Sciences ($GILD) has been pilloried by politicians, payers and providers. But as EvaluatePharma points out, at that price Sovaldi barely makes it into the top 20 most expensive drugs, number 19 to be exact, just above Novartis' ($NVS) Gleevec and just below GlaxoSmithKline's ($GSK) Mekinist.

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News Item - 02/25/2015
BREAKING: Justices Say No Antitrust Shield For State Boards
Law360, New York (February 25, 2015, 10:14 AM ET) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that state professional boards regulating their competitors must be supervised by state governments to avoid federal antitrust scrutiny, siding with the Federal Trade Commission in a dispute with North Carolina's dental board.

In a 6-3 ruling, the justices concluded that the state action doctrine does not protect the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners from the FTC's challenge to its policy blocking nondentists from offering teeth-whitening services.

The case is the Supreme Court's second look in three years...
News Item - 02/23/2015
The Long-Term Costs of Major Health Care Programs: Fiscal Implications and Projection Methods
Presentation by CBO’s Deputy Assistant Director for Health, Jessica Banthin, Ph.D., to the Joint Network on the Fiscal Sustainability of Health Systems, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, France.

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News Item - 02/23/2015
DoD spends $84M a year on Viagra, similar meds
A report published online last week by the Washington Free Beacon and picked up by Fox News and the U.K.'s Daily Mail noted that the Pentagon spent more than $500,000 for Viagra in 2014.

That's a lot of money — but the figure wasn't even close to the real amount spent by the Defense Department for that erectile dysfunction drug and others.

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News Item - 02/19/2015
Impact of vaccines throughout history
Not that anyone who does not vaccinate their kids cares, but Tynan DeBold and Dov Friedman for the Wall Street Journal show the change in number of cases for various diseases after a vaccination is introduced.

Each row represents a state, and each column represents a year. So each cell represents the number of cases per 10,000 people, in a state for a given year. The above shows the change for measles cases, which you can see a quick rate decrease after the introduction of the vaccination in 1963.

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News Item - 01/26/2015
HHS seeks to have 85 percent of Medicare fee-for-service payments in value-based purchasing categories 2 through 4 by 2016 and 90 percent by 2018
Improving the quality and affordability of care for all Americans has always been a pillar of the Affordable Care Act, alongside expanding access to such care. The law gives us the opportunity to shape the way health care is delivered to patients and to improve the quality of care system-wide while helping to reduce the growth of health care costs.

When it comes to improving the way providers are paid, we want to reward value and care coordination – rather than volume and care duplication.  In partnership with the private sector, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is testing and expanding new health care payment models that can improve health care quality and reduce its cost.

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