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April 8, 2016 § Leave a comment
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Medicare Advantage payment and Star Ratings changes
For 2017, CMS will make a number of payment and policy changes to the Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug programs. These changes include a payment increase to health insurers who offer Medicare Advantage plans and refinements to the measures in Star Ratings program that “reflect the socioeconomic and disability status of a plan’s enrollees.” Click here to read a statement from CMS.
Diabetes drug cost has tripled over 10 years
According to a recent report, the price of the diabetes drug insulin went from $4.34 per milliliter in 2002 to $12.92 in 2013. Healthcare experts fear that the cost increases may cause some with diabetes to go without treatment. Those without pharmacy benefits who pay out-of-pocket for insulin would be particularly disadvantaged.
Seniors and HIV
Reports indicate that one in six new diagnoses of HIV are for people over age 50, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that, in 2014, almost 17 percent of the country’s new HIV diagnoses were among people 50 and older. For seniors, HIV is particularly challenging because older people tend to be sicker when the infection is detected, and they often have other health conditions that come with growing older.