Medicare To Test New Payment Approaches For Some Prescription Medications

(By – Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News)

Medicare plans to test new ways to pay for prescription medications given in doctors’ offices and hospital outpatient centers – moves likely to win praise from some policy experts, but opposition from facilities and practitioners.

Under a two-part proposal released Tuesday, regulators aim to reduce what some economists and policy experts say are financial incentives for doctors to choose higher-cost medications even when less expensive drugs may be equally or more effective. Read more…

 

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