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Highlights from CSRO’s 2019 State Society Advocacy Conference (SSAC)

CSRO’s 2019 SSAC conference brought rheumatology advocates together from across the country to inspire action on issues affecting the practice of rheumatology.

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CSRO Policy Update, August 2019, Issue 9

As CSRO prepares for the 2019 State Society Advocacy Conference (SSAC), healthcare has moved to the fore of national political conversations, providing the rheumatology profession much to discuss. Since its inception, CSRO’s guiding mission has been to ensure excellence in the field of rheumatology for rheumatologists and the patients that we take care of.

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Federal Rebate Rule Withdrawn by White House

On July 11th, the White House announced that it was withdrawing its proposal to reformulate the way drug rebates work in federal programs.

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CMS Issues Final Rule Affecting Patient Access and Prescription Drug Affordability

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) published its “Medicare Advantage and Part D Drug Pricing Final Rule” in May which seeks to increase drug pricing transparency, lower prescription drug costs, and improve patient medication adherence.

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CSRO President Testifies Before Congress

Last week, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled: “Improving Drug Pricing Transparency and Lowering Prices for American Consumers.” CSRO President, Dr. Madelaine Feldman, was invited to represent the Alliance for Specialty Medicine and deliver testimony at the hearing.

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FDA Releases Final Guidance on Interchangeable Biosimilars

Last week, the FDA released its long anticipated final guidance for industry on “Considerations in Demonstrating Interchangeability with a Reference Product.”

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CSRO offers Federal Policy Virtual “Town Hall” to Rheumatology Community

The gridlock immobilizing Congress has slowed the progress of health care legislation significantly, but it has not stopped key Federal agencies from proposing and implementing policies that have a far reaching impact on the practice of rheumatology.

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CSRO Comments on Proposed Rule to Eliminate Safe Harbor Protections for Prescription Drug Rebates

The Coalition of State Rheumatology Organizations (CSRO) recently submitted comments on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed rule amending the Federal anti-kickback statute.

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Wisconsin Step Therapy Reform a Coalition Effort

CSRO, in partnership with the Wisconsin Step Therapy Coalition is taking the lead on step therapy reform in the state.

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CSRO’s Dr. Robert Levin Discusses Drug Pricing in the U.S.

CSRO Board Member, Robert Levin, participated in the Healthcare Policy podcast on February 18 to discuss federal prescription drug pricing reform. In his capacity as a practicing physician, and president the Alliance for Transparent and Affordable Prescriptions, Dr. Levin provided expert testimony on drug pricing reform proposals and how the drug supply chain works.

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