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Proposed Drug Price Reform Would Short-Change Rare Disease Patients
By Kenneth E. Thorpe October 10, 2019   A prominent healthcare watchdog has found the solution to high drug prices – or so it claims.   For years, the nonprofit Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) has analyzed and rated the cost-
Oct 10,2019
Trump Administration's Drug Rebate Reforms Are Long Overdue
By Kenneth E. Thorpe March 28, 2019   Every month, drug companies offer up nearly $13 billion in rebates and other discounts.  Patients don't see these savings at the drugstore, though. The supply chain all but ensures that discounts instead flow to
Apr 2,2019
Sharing Rebates on Diabetes Medicines Could Save People with Diabetes $3.7 Billion a Year
Widespread impact for patients, employers and health plans could also result in one million fewer hospitalizations March 12, 2019 09:09 AM Eastern Daylight Time WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A new study released today by the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (
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Mar 12,2019
Another Voice: Trump's new Medicare rule would undermine patient protections
January 21, 2019   By Kenneth E. Thorpe   The Trump administration is poised to undermine seniors’ access to lifesaving medications.   It recently proposed a rule that would weaken patient protections within Medicare’s “Part D” prescription drug benefit
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Feb 8,2019
Trump proposal could delay critical medications for Medicare patients
  January 25, 2019   About 40 million Medicare beneficiaries suffer from at least two chronic diseases. A new proposal from the Trump administration could result in worse outcomes for their conditions.   In an effort to reduce drug spending, the Department of
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Feb 8,2019
Lower Out-of-pocket Costs and Improved Access to Medicines are Critical Steps in a Better Direction for Medicare
  PFCD applauds efforts to support the fight against costly chronic disease with rebate reforms   February 1, 2019 (WASHINGTON, D.C) The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) shared the following statement commending the access improvements in the Administration’s rebate
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Feb 1,2019
BEAUFORT NEWS | Dr. Kenneth Thorpe: Diabetes Awareness Month | WHHI-TV
Dr. Ken Thorpe on WHHI-TV in Beaufort, SC on National Diabetes Heart Connection Day November 9, 2018   VIDEO: 
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Nov 15,2018
Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease Statement on Trump Administration’s Proposed Changes to Medicare Part B
October 25, 2018 (Washington, D.C.) Addressing the burden of chronic disease to promote better health acutely depends upon enhancing not restricting access to evidence-based preventive and medical care, including physician-administered prescription drugs.  We have grave concerns that the
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Oct 25,2018
Chronic disease makes navigating Medicare enrollment especially tricky
By Kevin Stankiewicz Posted Oct 22, 2018 at 6:31 AM   Finding the right Medicare plan is important for all seniors -- but especially those with multiple, chronic diseases. The enrollment period began last week and runs through Dec. 7. The Medicare open enrollment
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Oct 23,2018
America Can't Afford to Ignore Gout Any Longer
By Kenneth Thorpe August 30, 2018   Almost 4 million Americans suffer from gout, a form of inflammatory arthritis that causes devastating pain. For decades, this disease largely flew under doctors’ radar. Experts mistakenly believed that gout-related spending
Sep 11,2018