Life Sciences

Discount Safe Harbor Proposed Rule: How Process Works and What does it mean?

SAFE HARBOR PROPOSED RULE PROCESS The Discount Safe Harbor Proposed Rule was issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) earlier this year, and over 25,000 comments have…

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Contract Lifecycle Management (CLM) in Life Sciences – A Strong Uptake

Contract Lifecycle Management (CLM) implementations are picking up, replacing legacy systems with cloud-based technologies. Besides the benefits of a CLM tool as shown in the diagram below, there are a…

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Telemedicine: The Cost-Effective Future of Healthcare

Healthcare professionals can evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients at a distance using telemedicine.1 Telemedicine is delivered via video-conferencing, audio, or text-messaging using smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers. Over the past…

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Contract Lifecycle Management (CLM) in Life Sciences – A Strong Uptake

Contract Lifecycle Management (CLM) implementations are picking up, replacing legacy systems with cloud-based technologies. Besides the benefits of a CLM tool as shown in the diagram below, there are a…

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CMS 2019 Final Rule and the Scope of the 340B Program

In its final rule for 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reduced Medicare Part B reimbursement for 340B-acquired drugs from Average Sales Price (ASP) plus 6% to…

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Refining Cost Sharing: Barriers to Outcome-Based Agreements in the U.S.

WHAT ARE OUTCOMES-BASED AGREEMENTS (OBA)? Currently, market forces, including volume, competition, and Research & Development expenditures, determine the prices for pharmaceutical therapies in the U.S. market. However, as prices for…

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Switch Operator – Current Role and Potential Impacts

Co-written by Catherine Trentini, Senior Consultant, Pricing, Contracting & Market Access As the healthcare industry is in a state of rapid change, the pharmaceutical supply chain and how consumers receive…

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Can Congress Delay the Safe Harbor Proposed Rule?

The Proposed Rule excluding rebates from Safe Harbor protection for Medicare Part D prescriptions was published on January 31, 2019. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that implementation of the…

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Medicare Part D Bids and Discount Safe Harbor Timeline

For those whose only association with Medicare comes from being a participant in a health insurance plan, chances are individuals are not aware of the extensive path each plan takes…

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