As the largest, single US healthcare payer, the government plays a dominant role in shaping the healthcare marketplace. Our experts track, interpret, and model federal policies that affect insurance coverage, access, and consumer choice so you can see around the bend.
In an article published in The American Journal of Managed Care, Avalere's Caroline Pearson and Deirdre Parsons examine provider networks and benefit design for oncology care in health insurance exchanges.
According to a new analysis by Avalere, a prescription requirement for pseudoephedrine-containing products also fuels the growing shortage of primary care physicians, thereby increasing the cost, time, and difficultly of obtaining the treatment for legitimate users.
A new analysis from Avalere Health finds that hospitals and health systems are increasingly taking risk for the cost of Medicare patients and the quality of the care they receive.
A new analysis by Avalere finds that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) underpay Medicare Advantage (MA) plans for the costs of treating individuals with multiple chronic conditions.
As the government considers rules for 2017 insurance plans offered through exchanges, a new analysis by Avalere finds that proposed 2017 benefit designs could increase coverage of certain services and drugs, while lowering out-of-pocket costs for many consumers.
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.
The healthcare delivery system is one of the most complex businesses in the country.
New research from Avalere finds that despite the innovation of abuse-deterrent properties and labeling for branded opioids, Medicare Part D plan coverage for these products is declining rapidly.
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).
Lisa Latts, MD, and Rick Smith join Avalere's team.
Avalere Health announced today that Lindy Hinman will be re-joining the company as senior vice president, leading its Health Plans and Managed Care Practice.
Even during these gridlocked times in Congress, certain healthcare initiatives are getting through the cracks; one of these such initiatives is 21st Century Cures.
On September 23, HHS released a new report that finds the number of issuers participating in the 2015 exchange market will grow by 25 percent when compared to 2014.
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.
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).
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.
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.
On May 14, CMS released a proposed national coverage determination (NCD) for Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair (TMVR), and proposed to cover TMVR under its Coverage with Evidence Development (CED) program.
On April 7, CMS finalized their Calendar Year (CY) 2015 capitation rates, methodological changes to rates and risk models, and other payment and program policies for Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D plans.
In the July/August 2013 RPM Report, I co-wrote an article with Avalere's Scott Gottlieb and Lauren Barnes discussing the potential to use the new technology add-on payments (NTAPs), a novel pathway created by Congress in 2001, as a foundation for new policies that support innovation and address public health goals.