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The Most Effective Application of Beta Blockers

Beta-adrenergic blocking agents, more commonly referred to as beta blockers, are a category of medications that can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of multiple heart attacks. Beta blockers work by impeding the effects of adrenaline on the heart. This slows the patient’s heartbeat, reducing the amount of force…

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New 340B Guidelines Target Program Abuses

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced changes to its 340B Drug Discount Program, effective January 1, 2018. The primary difference in the program is that drug payments to participating hospitals will be cut. Under the original plan, CMS reimbursed hospitals at the average drug cost plus 6…

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CMS’ Blunt Solution to 340B Problems

Earlier in July, CMS issued a proposed rule outlining changes to the 340B program, an initiative through which qualifying hospitals can purchase outpatient drugs at a discount while receiving CMS payments for the average sale price plus a bonus. The rule dramatically cuts the reimbursements for certain drugs, attempting to…