Category Archives: Medicare

CMS Rule On Biosimilar Payment Could Have Serious Side Effects

The Obama administration and leading members of Congress are clashing over a new Medicare payment rule that could compromise patient care, impede development of a fledgling part of the biologics industry, and make it more difficult to track patient safety issues. At issue is government payment policy for a new class of drugs called “biosimilars”—drugs […]

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Medicare’s Birthday: A Failed Centralized Program Turns 50

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson traveled to Independence, Mo., to sign legislation creating Medicare and Medicaid in the presence of fellow Democrat and former President Harry Truman, who during his presidency led unsuccessful efforts to establish a national health insurance system. The battle over the legislation was long and bruising, with conservatives including then-General […]

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