On May 5, the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee’s Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security held a hearing titled, “Ensuring Fairness and Transparency in the Market for Prescription Drugs,” which “examine[d] steps Congress can take to increase transparency in drug prices, require PBMs to operate fairly, and ensure the FTC has the authority it needs to stop unfair practices in the prescription drug market.”

Late last Friday (April 29), CMS issued its Final Medicare Advantage and Part D rule, which includes changes to Part D plan contracting with pharmacies – though Part D contracts will not reflect the changes until CY 2024.

On February 23, 2022, Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) signed House Bill (HB) 4348 into law. This important legislation establishes much needed protections for community and independent pharmacists, as well as specialty physicians practicing in Michigan.

Early Success in Texas: Collaborating with TX Community Pharmacists & Physicians to Protect Independent Pharmacists, Specialty Community Physicians, and Patients

On March 25th the Senate passed legislation extending the Medicare Part B sequestration moratorium through the remainder of 2021. This timely policy victory, if approved by the House in early April, will prevent the 2% reimbursement cuts that would have otherwise gone back into effect April 1, 2021, helping providers remain viable throughout the pandemic.

The embattled interim final rule looms over the new year.

After a punishing fall that left hospitals struggling, some Midwestern states are seeing a decline in new coronavirus cases.

The United States expanded its rollout of the newly approved COVID-19 vaccine to hundreds of additional distribution centers on Tuesday, inoculating thousands more healthcare workers in a mass immunization expected to reach the general public in the coming months.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday authorized the first coronavirus test that people will be able to buy at a local store without a prescription and use for immediate results at home to find out if they're positive or negative.

A New York City intensive care unit nurse on Monday became the first person in the United States to receive a coronavirus vaccine, saying she felt “healing is coming,” as the nation’s COVID-19 death toll crossed a staggering 300,000 lives lost.