Medical Groups Propose 21 Principles for Prior Authorization Reform

February 2, 2017

The American Medical Association and 16 patient, physician, hospital and pharmacy groups have issued a resounding message to health plans: it’s time to reform prior authorizations.  In a new principles document, the group calls for data-driven policies that don’t disrupt patient care or unduly burden physicians and their staff.

The PCSK9 Inhibitor Conundrum

September 23, 2016

Medicine is at a crossroads; cardiology in particular. I saw this fact magnified at the American Society for Preventive Cardiology’s recent town hall on access barriers to PCSK9 inhibitors.

New Data Spark Debate on Cost and Value of Breakthrough Cholesterol Meds

August 30, 2016

A new analysis calls for drastic price reductions for PCSK9 inhibitors, breakthrough lipid-lowering medications. Data published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggest that the treatments would need to be reduced to two-thirds their current price to meet analysts’ cost-effectiveness thresholds.