Federal and State Policy

As the largest US healthcare payer, the federal government plays a dominant role in shaping the healthcare marketplace, while states take center stage when it comes to developing novel policy approaches. Our experts track, interpret, and model policies that affect insurance coverage, access, and consumer choice so you can see around the bend.

MACRA and the Promise of Better Patient/Family Engagement in Post-SGR World

The story of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) actually begins in the previous millennium. In 1997, when the Congress passed the Balanced Budget Act, it ushered in the era of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. In theory, the SGR payment adjustment would raise or lower physician reimbursement each year based on spending relative to the target SGR. The caveat, however, was that Congress had the authority to suspend or adjust this benchmark, a "patch" that they regularly deployed through a "doc fix" for nearly two decades.

An Analysis of the Impact of Breakthrough Therapies on Government Spending

To evaluate public program spending on new medications in the drug development pipeline, Avalere projected the fiscal impact of 10 FDA breakthrough therapies to Medicare, Medicaid, and the health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Podcast: The Emerging Initiative of 21st Century Cures

Even during these gridlocked times in Congress, certain healthcare initiatives are getting through the cracks; one of these such initiatives is 21st Century Cures.

Podcast: What’s to Come in MolDx?

Meet Kathy Hughes who leads our Molecular Diagnostics team and has successfully advised device, diagnostics and pharmaceutical companies on optimal market access strategies for over a decade. Kathy addresses key evidentiary developments in the diagnostics space, and what she sees as the future of this evolving field.

CMS Appoints Lakshman Ramamurthy as Industry Representative to MEDCAC

Lakshman Ramamurthy, PhD, director of FDA & Regulatory Policy at Avalere Health, has been appointed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to serve as an industry representative to the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC).

MolDX May Be the Norm, but Is It the Future?

With over 16,000 genetic tests already on the market and thousands more in development, stakeholders cannot ignore the rapidly evolving field of personalized medicine.

Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Decision Limits Contraception Coverage Mandate

In a 5-4 ruling on June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a majority opinion on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., holding that the contraceptive mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) as applied to closely held, for-profit corporations.

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