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Howard Dean is Correct

It is not too often that I agree with former Vermont Governor and Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean but when it comes to the government “negotiating” drug prices in Medicare Part D, he is correct.

More Proof the 340B Program Needs Reform

On July 6, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the independent, non-partisan investigative arm of Congress, released a report entitled, “Medicare Part B Drugs: Action Needed to Reduce Financial Incentives to Prescribe 340B Drugs at Participating Hospitals.”  The report confirms what Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has been saying for some time; the 340B drug discount program is being abused by many hospitals for profit-making purposes and needs to be reformed.

Why is FOX Business News Pushing Price Controls?

It was the headline on the FOX Business News April 27 article that captured my attention.  It said, “More Government Waste Found at Medicare.”  I thought, well, what else is new, it’s pretty much a government-run program where waste and fraud is rampant.  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) estimated it was about $50 billion in 2013, about $5 billion higher than 2012.

340B Drug Discount Program Finally Gets a Congressional Hearing

On March 24, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held the first hearing on the 340B drug discount program since 2005.

Newt's Very Bad Idea

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich often comes up with ideas to change how the government works.  One of his most recent suggestions has made a lot of people who care about property rights scratch their head.

Innovation = Jobs

Innovation creates jobs.

That is the central premise of Jay Walker’s keynote address, “Making Innovation Work for America and Americans,” at the first meeting of the IP Dealmakers Forum on November 6, 2014. The forum linked investors together with intellectual property (IP) information and opportunities.

See You In Court - Again

One of the things that is becoming more disturbing each day is how the Obama Administration is issuing a tsunami of regulations, interpretive rules, sub-regulatory guidance, executive orders, guidelines, and even divine proclamations on White House tissue paper (just kidding on that last one) that contradict, subvert, or circumvent the law.  Even though I just cover healthcare issues, it is practically impossible to keep current with the changes, particularly as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as ObamaCare.

What is the 340B Program and Why You Need to Care

A great discussion on a relatively obscure federal drug discount program that clearly has lost its way was written in early 2014 by Stephen Parente, Ph.D.

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