The Daily Scan

July 5, 2018

Last Updated: 11:05 AM EST

Medicaid

  • The Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Finance & Administration is providing official notification of intent to file an amendment to the Medicaid State Plan and is accepting public comments on the proposal. This amendment will be filed with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The subject of the amendment is the redistribution of Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments when it is determined that DSH payments made to any hospital by the Division of TennCare for any State Fiscal Year exceed the hospital’s DSH limit for that State Fiscal Year. The proposed effective date of the amendment is July 1, 2018. This amendment is anticipated to result in an increase of approximately $1.1 million in annual aggregate expenditures. (TN.gov)

 

  • Multiple Kentucky dentists spoke to the Louisville Courier-Journal about how the state's decision to abruptly cut Medicaid dental and vision benefits for about a half-million adults has created chaos and, in some cases, forced dentists to turn away children and other patients who are mistakenly showing up in the state's computer system as having lost coverage. Besides children, patients listed as having lost dental coverage include pregnant women and disabled adults — all of whom should have been exempt from the cutoff of Medicaid benefits announced over the weekend by Gov. Matt Bevin's administration. (Courier-Journal.com)

Medicare

  • The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report on Tuesday titled "Small and Rural Practices’ Experiences in Previous Programs and Expected Performance in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System." Based on interviews with 23 stakeholders, GAO identified challenges faced by small and rural practices that participated in Medicare legacy programs. GAO categorized challenges into three categories: technology, financial and staff resources, and legacy program requirements. (GAO.gov)

 

Private Sector

  • The Financial Times reported on Tuesday that Pfizer has raised the prices of 100 products just weeks after US President Donald Trump claimed the pharmaceuticals industry was about to implement “massive” voluntary reductions. In a move that threatens to fuel the backlash over the soaring cost of medicines in the US, Pfizer increased the price of some of its best-known drugs. The increases were effective as of July 1 and in most cases were more than 9%—well above the rate of inflation in the US, which is running at about 2%. (FT.com)

 

  • Catalent, Inc., a leading global provider of advanced delivery technologies and development solutions for drugs, biologics and consumer health products, today announced that it has agreed to acquire Juniper Pharmaceuticals, Inc., including its Nottingham, U.K.-based Juniper Pharma Services division. When combined with Catalent’s existing industry-leading drug development and manufacturing capabilities in the U.S. and Europe, the acquisition of Juniper will expand and strengthen Catalent’s offerings in formulation development, bioavailability solutions and clinical-scale oral dose manufacturing, and will complement its integrated global clinical and commercial supply network. (Catalent.com)

 

 

 

 

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