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Increasing Competition and Choice

  • By
  • David Balto,
  • New America Foundation
  • and James Kovacs
March 6, 2014
For much of the past decade, Congress, regulators, and industry lobbyists have played a game of cat and mouse when it comes to how the Medicare prescription drug program (“Part D”) is administered. With the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) once again considering new rules around Medicare prescription drug coverage plans; a new white paper from New America addresses the following:

New America Releases White Paper Finding Proposed Medicare Part D Regulations Will Enhance Quality of Care and Increase Consumer Choice and Access in the Part D Market

March 6, 2014
Washington, D.C. – David Balto, Fellow at the New America Foundation and former Assistant Director of the Office of Policy and Evaluation of the Federal Trade Commission, along with his colleague James Kovacs have authored a white paper evaluating the Medicare Part D preferred pharmacy network model and CMS’ current proposed rule changes for the Medicare Part D program fiscal year 2015.   
The paper finds that:

New Study Demonstrates Broad Support for Strengthening Nutrition in SNAP to Reduce Food Insecurity and Obesity

December 9, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC — Since the economic recession that began in late 2007, the dual crises of food insecurity and obesity have increased in America. According to the results of a first-of-its-kind survey of more than 500 SNAP stakeholders from the public and private sectors, a majority of the respondents believe that current levels of SNAP benefits for many participants are inadequate, and that the nutritional quality of the program needs to be improved.

Will Health Care Reform Make U.S. Healthier? | Washington Times

September 3, 2013

“We have a disease care system,” not a health care system, says Shannon Brownlee, a health policy expert and author of Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer. “And the disease care system… if it really was honest with itself ...

ACOs Ask 'Activation' Experts How To Engage Passive Patients | Atlantic Information Services

August 7, 2013

However, barriers to shared decision-making include physician time and physician acceptance, he says. Shannon Brownlee, senior vice president of the Brookline, Mass.-based Lown Institute, which studies health care cost and quality issues, agrees. “To ...

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