Our Drug Rebate Prediction Is Coming True: Now Can We Turn Our Attention to the Value of Drugs?

Posted by Pratap Khedkar on Tue, Feb 12, 2019

We predicted last year that prescription drug rebates’ days could be numbered as more healthcare stakeholders clamor for price transparency. Judging by the new rule proposed by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Inspector General Daniel Levinson, this has now come to pass. The proposal aims to wipe out the behind-the-scenes negotiation tool—which has been linked to a growing discrepancy between a drug’s list and net prices—and instead share the savings directly with Medicare patients. 


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If We Pull the Plug on Drug Rebates, Can We Finally Focus on Value?

Posted by Pratap Khedkar on Thu, Oct 18, 2018

 

As more healthcare stakeholders clamor for price transparency, prescription drug rebates’ days could be numbered. Whether the behind-the-scenes negotiation tool—which has been linked to a growing discrepancy between a drug’s list and net prices—will partially or completely disappear is up for debate, but one certainty at this point is that the price transparency knock rarely goes unanswered.


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What’s ‘BerkshAmazMorgan’ Really Capable Of?

Posted by Howard Deutsch on Tue, Feb 20, 2018

Bill Coyle, Paul Darling and Pratap Khedkar co-authored this post with Howard Deutsch.

This is the first post in a two-part series on the recently announced Berkshire Hathaway/Amazon/JPMorgan Chase healthcare venture. 

Look! Out in the distance! What’s that creature that’s destroying everything in its path? Why, it’s the scariest three-headed monster this side of Cerberus! It’s… it’s… it’s BerkshAmazMorgan! Will any of us be safe from this dreaded, rampaging beast?


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Blurred Lines: Can Providers Become Drug Manufacturers?

Posted by Pratap Khedkar on Fri, Jan 26, 2018

Bill Coyle and Paul Darling co-authored this blog post with Pratap Khedkar.

The healthcare world had barely thought through the potential effects of the CVS/Aetna merger when news broke of another deal aiming to blur healthcare’s established business models: Four provider networks announced a nonprofit collaboration to manufacture generic drugs to keep prices down and lessen shortages. Skeptics have already pointed to considerable regulatory and manufacturing hurdles, so let’s focus on strategy and not implementation. If this DIY drug supply does start flowing, will it have its intended impact?


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Are Doctors Really Writing Prescriptions for a Free Meal?

Posted by Bill Coyle on Fri, Jul 08, 2016

A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, entitled “Pharmaceutical Industry-Sponsored Meals and Physician Prescribing Patterns for Medicare Beneficiaries,” has received a ton of media attention lately, from the The Wall Street Journal to Bloomberg to NPR. But despite the hype, the study uses questionable methodology and draws biased conclusions.


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