Doug Long, vice president of industry relations at IQVIA, appeared on PCMA's "The Pharmacy Benefit" podcast and discussed how the prescription drug supply chain has held up for patients during COVID-19.
Researchers have identified eight molecules that interfere with replication of the novel coronavirus, and they could be used to develop potential therapies for COVID-19, according to data reported in Antiviral Research. Five are FDA-approved for other uses and have robust safety profiles.
An analysis of Oregon Medicaid claims and enrollment data from January 2010 to June 2017 showed the state's implementation of the Alternative Payment and Advanced Care Model resulted in a 42.4% relative reduction on the price-weighted volume of traditional primary care services in participating community health centers in the states. The decline was fully driven by lower use of imaging services in the CHCs.
Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute, a cancer treatment center in Fort Myers, Fla., agreed to return over $2.34 million in a civil settlement to resolve accusations that it was overpaid by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Authorities said the center was overpaid by the VA for some claims that were related to drugs administered by physicians.
Bibi Sattar, a physician from Texas, along with her practice, Oakmont Wellness Center, will pay over $200,000 to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act. Authorities said Sattar took kickbacks from True Health Diagnostics in exchange for lab referrals and sent her Medicare patients to Onsite Draw Station, a company her parents owned, for blood draws intended for testing at True Health.
Katrina Lynch, owner and operator of Virginia-based A Tender Heart, entered a guilty plea to one count of health care fraud. Court documents showed Lynch regularly turned in bills to Medicaid between 2011 and 2018 for services that weren't provided, defrauding the program of over $2.8 million.
Richard Mitchell, a psychiatrist from Montana, was sentenced to five years of probation and must pay $4,000 in fines after pleading guilty to unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Court documents showed Mitchell, who previously worked at the VA Medical Center at Fort Harrison in Montana, wrote a prescription for the controlled substance Norco for a woman who wasn't a patient at the center.
Financial advisers need to draw on what they learned from past financial crises to help clients during the coronavirus pandemic, writes Mitch Anthony co-founder of ROLadvisor.com and LifeCenteredPlanners.com. He recommends a set of steps for every client call, including getting them to tell their story, bringing some perspective to their situation and helping them find a way forward.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci said the US is still in the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has now killed over 130,000 Americans and infected nearly 3 million Americans. At least 32 states are seeing rising rates of new infections, while new cases are holding steady in 14 states and declining in four, and many states have established some type of requirement that people wear face masks.
Legislation in the Senate would make permanent changes that expanded access to virtual substance use treatment during the pandemic. The bill reportedly would expand Medicare coverage to include audio calls and allow health care providers to prescribe controlled substances in certain programs without an in-person exam, among other measures.