OP/ED-Biosimilar Drugs Require More Transparent Communication Between Patient and Pharmacist: SB 5935 Needs Work

Very recently during the 64th Legislature in the State of Washington, House Bill 1675 was introduced relating to the prescription of biological products and interchangeable biological products.   The bill addressed the process through which a biosimilar that has been given ‘interchangeable’ status by the FDA can be substituted for the innovator biologic it mimics.

Guest Op-Ed: Rectifying Surgical Patient Safety

You and your doctor decide you need surgery. As you are lying on the operating room (O.R.) table looking up at the ‘many faces behind the masks,’ do you ask yourself, “did everyone here graduate from an accredited program before being hired?” As a healthcare consumer, chances are that you expect all healthcare professionals, regardless

Using Drugs to Discriminate — Adverse Selection in the Insurance Marketplace

A formal complaint submitted to the Department of Health and Human Services in May 2014 contended that Florida insurers offering plans through the new federal marketplace (exchange) had structured their drug formularies to discourage people with human immunodeficiency virus infection from selecting their plans.

More Federal Money for School-Based Health Services

The change, announced quietly and unexpectedly last month by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), will allow public schools to receive Medicaid money for health services they provide to eligible students for the first time since 1997.

Medicare at 50 — Origins and Evolution

As we mark the beginning of Medicare’s 50th anniversary year, this first report in a two-part series recounts the history of this remarkable health care initiative and explains how it came to be, what it has accomplished, and how it has evolved over the past five decades.

No Health Insurance? Penalties to Rise in 2015

The cost of being uninsured in America is going up significantly next year for millions of people. It’s the first year all taxpayers have to report to the Internal Revenue Service whether they had health insurance for the previous year, as required under President Barack Obama’s law.