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Minnesota Enacts Step-therapy Reform Measure

On Friday, May 15th, Governor Mark Dayton of Minnesota signed HF3196 into law providing important patient protections to Minnesota patients.

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Non-Medical Switching Protections Advance in Illinois

HB4146, a bill that protects patients from mid-year formulary changes, has been making steady progress in the Illinois legislature this year. After passing the House, it was assigned to the Special Committee of Medicaid Managed Care, where it was heard in a subject matter hearing on Wednesday, May 9th.

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Alaska Legislature Approves Biosimilar Substitution Measure

Pending the Governor’s signature, passage of the law would cap a multi-year effort to improve future uptake of interchangeable biosimilars that faced numerous obstacles.

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CSRO Travels to the Wisconsin Rheumatology Association’s Annual Meeting

​Last weekend CSRO Vice President, Dr. Madelaine Feldman, traveled to the Wisconsin Rheumatology Association’s annual meeting to represent CSRO, and educate attendees on the role that Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) play in inflating the price of prescription drugs.

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Michigan Enacts Biosimilar Substitution Measure

In late February, Michigan enacted a biosimilar substitution law that promises to improve uptake of biosimilars, while maintaining appropriate patient protections by requiring notification of substitutions to prescribers.

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New Mexico Legislature Send Step-Therapy Reform to Governor’s Desk

The New Mexico state legislature overwhelmingly approved SB 11, a bill that promises to reform the use of step-therapy protocols by insurers.

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CSRO Nominee Selected for CMS Technical Expert Panel

The CSRO is pleased to announce that its nominee, Kent “Kwas” Huston, MD, from the Kansas City Physicians Partners, has been selected to serve on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Technical Expert Panel (TEP).

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CSRO & Allies Talk Utilization Management in Albany

On Tuesday, January 16th CSRO staff joined allies in Albany, New York to educate lawmakers on utilization management, and pending legislation that promises to improve patient access and continuity of care.

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CSRO Presents on PBMs at the Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs Conference

CSRO Vice President, Dr. Madelaine Feldman recently presented on Pharmacy Benefit Managers and utilization management tools at the Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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FSR President Testifies on PBMs and the Rebate System

Dr. Robert Levin, President of the Florida Society of Rheumatology recently testified to the House Health Innovation Subcommittee on the role that Pharmacy Benefit Managers have played in inflating the cost of prescription drugs.

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