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CSRO Policy Update, January 2019, Issue 8

As the new year begins, I would like to reflect on the tremendous organizational successes that CSRO achieved in 2018. Over the past couple of years, CSRO made a commitment to deepening its ties with the societies it represents, and its allied patient and provider organizations. This year CSRO traveled to 20 state society meetings to bring increased awareness to the issues impacting practicing rheumatologists and patients in the U.S.

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CSRO Submits IPI Comments

Prior to commenting on the proposed International Pricing Index Model (IPI) for Part B drugs, CSRO leadership met with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma to convey rheumatology's perspective.

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CSRO Talks Accumulator Adjustment Programs at CBI Summit

Accumulator Adjustment Programs have become an increasingly prevalent issue since CSRO was first made aware of them in late 2017. Since then, the programs have been progressively crossing over from the employer to commercial space.

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CSRO Hosts State Society Leaders at the ACR

On Monday, October 22nd, CSRO hosted a breakfast for state rheumatology society leaders present at the ACR. Attendees had the opportunity to learn more about emergent patient access issues, CSRO’s plans for 2019, and hear from a speaker who discussed implementation and compliance issues with existing patient access laws.

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CSRO Discusses New Drug Payment Model with Key Agency Officials

Last week, CSRO’s Past President and National Advocacy Chair, Michael Schweitz, MD, participated in one-on-one discussions with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma and Special Advisor to the Administrator Jeet Guram, MD, to discuss details about the Trump Administration’s potential International Pricing Index Model for Medicare Part B Drugs.

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New Data Emerges on Co-Pay Accumulator Programs

The CSRO has been deeply concerned about the expanded implementation of a new utilization management tool known as co-pay accumulator programs over the course of 2018.

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Annual State Society Advocacy Conference a Success

The CSRO was excited to host many members of the state rheumatology societies and other partners in Chicago on Saturday, September 15th for the annual State Society Advocacy Conference (SSAC).

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CSRO Policy Update, August 2018, Issue 7

As the last of the 2018 regular sessions wind down across the states, CSRO is happy to report that the year to date has been marked by a number of successes on the patient access front.

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CSRO Discusses Part B and D with CMS

Members of CSRO’s executive board recently met with CMS to discuss Part B and D drug pricing. Doctors Michael Schweitz, Madelaine Feldman, Greg Schimizzi traveled to D.C. to present CSRO’s feedback on recent proposals and provide rheumatology’s perspective on the programs.

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CSRO attends National Conference of State Legislatures

Each year state legislators from across the country congregate to discuss innovative solutions that can be implemented to solve problems faced in common by various state legislatures.

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