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September 2014

Recent Stories of Interest

From Specialty Pharmacy News - The ongoing feud between Highmark Inc. and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) took an unexpected twist earlier this month. On Sept. 3, the insurer and subsidiary Keystone Health Plan West, Inc. (KHPW) sued UPMC — including multiple hospitals in its system and physician group practices — to recoup $300 million that Highmark says UPMC and its hospitals overbilled for oncology care. It’s a novel approach to a trend that’s happening across the country, so the outcome stands to have tremendous ramifications to various industry stakeholders. Read more

When Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s Incivek (telaprevir) and Merck & Co., Inc.’s Victrelis… Read more

Almost four-and-a-half years after the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of… Read more

A closely watched pilot program in oncology conducted by UnitedHealthcare has not… Read more

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September 25, 2014
Survey Says Mail-Order Satisfaction Rose in 2014

J.D. Power pharmacy survey suggests satisfaction gap between mail-order and ‘brick-and-mortar’ pharmacies is stable. http://tinyurl.com/kp5abkv

September 23, 2014
Clone of Avalere Health Study Says Just 65% of Public Exchanges Cover Drugs for Rare Diseases

An Avalere Health study says just 65% of public exchange plans cover drugs for rare diseases like Huntington's and sickle cell anemia. http://www.amcp.org/JMCP/2014/October/18584/1033.html

September 23, 2014
IMS Report Highlights 10 Triggers of Change in Health Care

IMS Health report IDs 10 harbingers of disruptive change in the use of medicine over the next decade, including a hep C cluster of innovation that’s triggering a new way of thinking on how to pay for high-cost cures. tinyurl.com/nfm25l2

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