Friday, June 26, 2015

This Week in Healthcare: 6/22 - 6/26

Top news from around the healthcare industry this week:

What people are saying about the health care subsidy ruling
Here’s a look at what lawmakers and others are saying about the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling this morning on allowing people in Ohio and other state’s to keep their health care subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.

OSHA cracks down on healthcare employers
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Thursday that it would crack down on hospitals and nursing homes for workplace hazards that aren't protected by formal rules. Experts say politics have complicated efforts to formalize workplace regulations.

Healthcare IoT, Apple Watch ready to change patient care
IT consultant and IoT thinker Frank Palermo, in the second part of a two-part Q&A, says patient satisfaction is the main benefit of healthcare IoT.

Happy reading! Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Prepare for VA Contract Negotiations at MDRP 2015 | Last Chance to Save $500 is Friday

Last Chance to save up to $400 to MDRP 2015 is THIS Friday, 6/26. PLUS! Take an additional $100 off when you use the code XP2058BLOG | $500 in total savings! Register now.

Your successful compliance with the VA's contractual and statutory requirements can spell the difference between profitable partnerships and drawn-out audits.

At the 20th Annual Medicaid Drug Rebate Program Summit, join us during the Pre-Conference event titled, "Pharmaceutical VA Contracting and Compliance Summit." This half-day summit is ideal for pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturers looking to comprehensively tackle the challenges of designing and complying with the complex - but highly lucrative - contracts in this sector.

You will touch upon key steps necessary to ensure you are ready for 2015 and beyond. Below are just a few session highlights:

• The Ins and Outs of a VA Audit: Comprehensive Overview of the Review Process
• Restating non-Federal Average Manufacturing Prices (NFAMP) and VA Federal Ceiling Prices (FCP)
• Panel Discussion: Prepare for Contract Negotiations

This half-day summit is part of the Platinum Pass, which gives you access to the full three days of the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program Summit - the best value! Registration rates go up after this Friday, June 26th. Save up to $500 off standard registration, be sure to use priority code XP2058BLOG | Register here.

Ensure you have the most comprehensive educational experience over three days with unparalleled access to government officials creating regulatory rules, the industry leaders interpreting them, and the pharmaceutical executives implementing them.

This is your opportunity to benchmark best practices and gain solutions to overcome new operational challenges brought on by AMP Final Rule, 340B, Medicaid Expansion, Class of Trade, Fair Market Value, FSS, VA, OIG, and other critical government programs. Reserve your seat today at the most comprehensive MDRP event to date!

See you in Chicago!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A Message from Edward McAdam, Chairman, IIR’s MDRP Summit

Government rules and regulations affect every department at a pharmaceutical company. However, few areas are as directly—and as frequently—affected as the government pricing and reimbursement space. Those working in this segment need to be knowledgeable about several different government agencies whose updates impact the way manufacturers conduct their government-related operations.

We’re still thinking about Medicaid expansion and how many states will ultimately expand, thereby adding more weight to the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program. Along with HRSA’s 340B Proposed Mega Rule and CMS’ Final AMP Rule—both set to come out this year—this will fundamentally change how we do our calculations.

There’s only one event that I know that really addresses these questions providing a forum to debate and create a roadmap for manufacturers to follow—IIR’s Medicaid Drug Rebate Program Summit. I’m pleased to once again be chairing this industry-leading event—the largest in the country—taking place September 30-October 2 in Chicago.

I invite you to join us. 

The MDRP Chicago Summit has anticipated what manufacturers are dealing with on a day-to-day basis and provides essential content you won’t find anywhere else. It is THE largest MDRP event where industry, state and federal government professionals come to share information, get updated on regulatory issues, and have a good time doing it.

When you download the agenda, you’ll see why the MDRP Summit stands out: 
  • Six pre-conference symposium including the all-new Town Hall between Manufacturers and States 
  • The annual update on 340B Program Regulations and Processes from Michelle Herzog, Deputy Director, Office of Pharmacy Affairs, HRSA 
  • The only event facilitating Dispute Resolution Meetings with at least 20 participating States 
  • The all-new Pharmaceutical VA Contracting and Compliance Summit where you will get updates on FSS, NFAMP, FCP and more

There’s a reason 550+ MDRP executives (including myself!) come back year after year. Take a look at the agenda by downloading it here and register today!

I look forward to meeting you in Chicago. (I’ll be the guy up front introducing our opening keynote, Ezra Klein, Editor-in-Chief,; Columnist, Bloomberg News, Policy Analyst/Contributor, MSNBC!)


Edward J. McAdam, Sr. 
Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. 
Chairman, IIR’s Medicaid Drug Rebate Program Summit

Friday, June 12, 2015

This Week in Healthcare: 6/8 – 6/12

Top news from around the healthcare industry this week: 

Walgreens, MDLive expand telehealth collaboration to three more states 
Walgreens has expanded its relationship with telehealth service provider MDLive, bringing remote physician access to customers in three new states and, for the first time, to PCs as well as mobile devices. Users of Walgreens mobile apps and the portal in Colorado, Illinois and Washington state now can consult 24/7 with board-certified MDLive physicians for $49 per encounter, the two companies announced Tuesday.

Outraged, engaged patient takes aim at paternalistic physician 
It’s hard to know how many patients out there are truly “empowered,” and I suspect it is a relatively small number, but one of the louder voices out there is Duncan Cross, a longtime engaged patient with Crohn’s disease.

Arizona hospitals, doctors avoid 5 percent Medicaid pay cut 
Arizona hospitals, doctors and other health providers will get a reprieve after the state's Medicaid program announced it will cancel a planned 5 percent payment cut because of lower-than-expected use among enrollees and a prescription-drug rebate.

One nation, under sedation: Medicare paid for nearly 40 million tranquilizer prescriptions in 2013 
In 2012, Medicare’s massive prescription drug program didn’t spend a penny on popular tranquilizers such as Valium, Xanax and Ativan. The following year, it doled out more than $377 million for the drugs. While it might appear that an epidemic of anxiety swept the nation’s Medicare enrollees, the spike actually reflects a failed policy initiative by Congress.

Game Changer: CMS’ Proposed Medicaid Managed Care Regulation 
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its long awaited Medicaid managed care proposed rules on May 26; the rules were published in the Federal Register on June 1 (80 Fed. Reg. 30198-31297). The last time the federal government seriously tackled Medicaid managed care was in a 2002 regulation (67 Fed. Reg. 40989, June 14), a response to the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (Pub. L. 105-33), which itself amounted to a major new chapter in Medicaid’s relationship to what by then had become known as managed care.

Happy reading! Have a great weekend. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The Future of Medicaid Reform

The following excerpt is from a Podcast recorded by the MDRP Summit with Grace-Marie Turner, President, Galen Institute in June of 2014. Access the complete MP3 and Transcript here.

June 12, 2014: I am distressed that more states did not demand more flexibility with this program in exchange for expanding Medicaid. Half of the states have decided to expand it; half have not after the Supreme Court re-wrote the ACA and made expansion of Medicaid up to 138% of poverty an option for the states. As of last June, about 24 states were resisting expansion for a number of reasons.

Medicaid is a program desperately in need of reform. Back in 2005/2006, I served on the Medicaid Commission – we did hearings around the country to look at the Medicaid program – to learn about it – because each state runs its own, it’s really 50 different programs. In our findings, people desperately dependent upon Medicaid and yet it was not serving them. If states were given more flexibility, they could make a significant amount of Medicaid dollars go much further to cover more people.

With this said, states are going to increasingly resist expansion of Medicaid unless they get more flexibility to control the program themselves and be able to save money and be able to provide better benefits to their citizens often in giving them the option of private coverage.

So what is the future of Medicaid? More governors demanding more flexibility; and then more patients on Medicaid getting more options for private coverage.

Join us at MDRP Summit 2015 for complete coverage on all things pricing, rebates, contracting and collaboration. Register now and save $500 when you use the code: XP2058BLOG.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

MDRP 2015 Brochure is Now Available for Download

Don't miss out on the largest MDRP event in the space, with the most speakers, government representations and MDRP executives all under one roof!

Ensure you have the most comprehensive educational experience over three days with unparalleled access to government officials creating regulatory rules, the industry leaders interpreting them, and the pharmaceutical executives implementing them.

Join us and celebrate 20 years of MDRP this September 30-October 2, at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile in Chicago, IL. See What's New for 2015!

Deep Dive Pre-Conference Summits: 
• Fundamentals of Government Pricing Programs + MDRP 101
• Pharmaceutical VA Contracting and Compliance Summit
• Town Hall between Manufacturers and States

Tailor-Made Content: 
• State Policy Changes and Updates
• Executive Leadership Boardroom
• Business Leadership Workshop on "Embracing Generational Diversity"

Interactive Session Formats: 
• Think Tanks/Innovator Showcase
• Fireside Chats
• Roundtable Discussions
• Rapid-Fire Sessions
• Benchmark Best Practices

AND MORE! Download the Full Brochure For More Information.

Register now with the code XP2058BLOG and save $100 off the current rate | Register today and lock in a $500 savings, click here to register.

This is your opportunity to benchmark best practices and gain solutions to overcome new operational challenges brought on by AMP Final Rule, 340B, Medicaid Expansion, Class of Trade, Fair Market Value, FSS, VA, OIG, and other critical government programs. Reserve your seat today at the most comprehensive MDRP event to date!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Earn a FREE Pass to the IIR’s MDRP Summit in Chicago, IL – Become a Guest Blogger.

Earn a complimentary all-access pass to the IIR’s Medicaid Drug Rebate Program Summit by serving as a Guest Blogger at the event. As a Guest Blogger, you’ll have access to the IIR’s MDRP event’s comprehensive agenda attracting the best insights from around the world, right in Chicago, Illinois in September.

MDRP Summit
September 30 - October 2, 2015
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
Chicago, IL

We are looking for an industry expert to be the face of our IIR’s MDRP Summit social media campaign. The premise is to provide government pricing, rebates and regulations related articles, whitepapers, and overall original content with a strong focus on a whole pharmaceutical industry.
The IIR’s MDRP Summit guest blogger’s responsibilities will include but not limited to submitting one post per week to the Health care Insights blog between now and the conference and attending specifically assigned sessions at the event and blogging live or same day.

This is a great opportunity for you to earn a complimentary Silver pass to attend IIR’s 20th Annual Medicaid Drug Rebate Programs Summit on Thursday, October 1-Friday, October 2.
You will get an exclusive access to a networking community of world's largest gathering of pharmaceutical manufacturers, state and federal government representatives, and service providers in the industry of your interest!

You also have a chance to GAIN exposure through our blog and more than 20 healthcare LinkedIn groups.

Learn more about the IIR’s MDRP Summit event by visiting our website:

To APPLY Please contact Roxana Siu at . Feel free to share your short biography, links to your blog or writing samples, along with a few sentences about why we should choose you to become the Guest Blogger for the IIR’s 20th MDRP Summit!

*Guest Bloggers are responsible for their own travel and lodging.
*All content is subject to IIR approval.

We hope to have you join us in Chicago!

The IIR’s MDRP Summit Team
MDRP Summit official website:
Health care Insights Blog

Friday, May 22, 2015

Celebrate Memorial Day with 30% off the Standard Rates to MDRP 2015!

Register with code XP2058SAVE30 to activate your 30% discount off the standard rates to IIR’s 20th Annual Medicaid Drug Rebate Programs Summit taking place September 30-October 2nd, 2015 in Chicago, IL.

This limited-time offer expires on Tuesday, May 26th | Register here

The 20th Annual Medicaid Drug Rebate Programs Summit continues to be the authoritative gathering for everything pricing, rebates, contracting, and collaboration. You’ll get unparalleled access to government officials creating regulatory rules, the industry leaders interpreting them, and the pharmaceutical executives implementing them. Collaborate with your peers to benchmark best industry practices and navigate regulatory hurdles, minimize wasted resources and optimize finances.

Don't miss out on getting essential regulatory updates from CMS, HRSA, OIG, VA and more!

Activate your 30% savings now with code XP2058SAVE30! Offer expires 5/26

Qualifications, rules and regulations: Offer cannot be applied retroactively to confirmed or pending registrations from today's date and prior. 30% discount cannot be combined with any team discounts or other promotions and/or discount offers. Discount is only valid from May 22– May 26, 2015. All registrations are subject to IIR approval.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Download the Updated 2015 MMCC Brochure

With an overflow of positive feedback about the program, we wanted to ensure everyone and everyone gets in on the action!

Download the brochure to view the full agenda for the Medicaid Managed Care Congress, taking place on May 20-22nd in Baltimore.

Highlights include:
• CMS Keynote speakers
• 20+ health plan case studies from Amerigroup, Molina Healthcare, Cigna-Health Spring and more!
• 15+ state government officials share unique programming
• NEW! An entire day focused on the opportunities of dual market
• And more!      

Register by Friday, April 24th and SAVE up to $200!
Use Priority Code: XP2026BLOG

Monday, March 16, 2015

Look Who's Attending IIR's 7th Annual Government Programs Summit

Sneak-Peek List of the 2015 Attendees Below
IIR's 7th Annual Government Programs Summit is just 2 weeks away! Get the most comprehensive, up-to-date information on the key government programs affecting your operations including an update from CMS on operational issues affecting the Medicaid Pharmacy Program and HRSA on key 340B updates.

In addition, you will gain critical insights on Medicare Part D & Coverage Gap, Part B, MDRP, TRICARE, VA, OIG and more. Register now to reserve your seat at this leading industry event.

Everyone who's anyone is here! Here's just a snapshot of companies already confirmed to be in Arlington,with many more slated to join us: (as of 3/11/15)

• Actavis
• Actelion Pharmaceuticals
• Afaxys Inc
• Amneal Pharmaceuticals
• Ariad Pharmaceuticals
• Baxter International Inc
• Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals
• Bristol Myers Squibb
• Celgene Corporation
• Chiesi USA
• Daiichi Sankyo Inc
• Eli Lilly & Co
• Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc
• Fresenius Kabi
• Genentech
• GlaxoSmithKline
• Glenmark Generics Inc USA
• Health Resources & Services Adminstration    •    Hospira
• Impax Laboratories
• Jazz Pharmaceuticals
• Johnson & Johnson
• Mylan Inc
• National Association of Chain Drug
• National Council for Prescription Drug Programs NCPDP
• Novartis Pharmaceuticals
• Salix Pharmaceuticals Inc
• Sanofi
• Shire
• Sunovion
• Taro Pharmaceuticals USA Inc
• United Therapeutics

Add your name to this list and join in on this one-stop-shop for all things government programs in Arlington on March 23-25, 2015.

Register online now to receive 50% off! Be sure to use XP205150OFF