medicare

External reference drug pricing could save medicare tens of billions

A new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that prices for brand-name prescription drugs averaged 3.2 to 4.1 times higher in the U.S. when compared with prices in the United Kingdom, Japan and the Canadian province of Ontario. The study also found that…

Medicare Starts Identifying Doctors Who May Prescribe Too Many Painkillers

This year Medicare has started examining prescribing data to identify physicians who write large numbers of prescriptions for narcotic painkillers and stimulants. Next year Medicare will be able to kick doctors out of the program if they are found to be prescribing in abusive ways, USA Today reports. Twelve of Medicare’s…

Study: Many U.S. Seniors Get Prescription Pain Pills From Multiple Doctors

A new study found that about one-third of Medicare patients who get prescriptions (Rx) for painkillers receive them from multiple doctors, which raises their risk for hospitalization, HealthDay Reports. Prescriptions for painkillers have risen sharply in the United States over the past 20 years – as have overdoses from the…