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Statement from CSRO President On New BCBST Policy

posted: February 12, 2020 to CSRO News

Following a press release issued by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee attacking the Coalition of State Rheumatology Organizations for exposing a policy that will prove to harmful to patients, Dr. Madeline Feldman, CSRO’s President, issued this statement.

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CSRO Releases New Legislative Map Tool Resource

posted: February 10, 2020 to CSRO News

CSRO has developed a new legislative map tool which serves as a clearinghouse of both active bills and enacted legislation.

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CSRO Opposes New Policy by BCBS Tennessee

posted: January 29, 2020 to CSRO News, Federal

CSRO physicians are voicing concern for patients who will fall victim of a dangerous new prescription policy. New requirements from BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) of Tennessee, which may be a bellwether for other insurers, are reversing the trend providers have achieved in keeping prices down for physician administered medications.

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Florida Rep. Jackie Toledo Going After the PBM Problem

posted: December 19, 2019 to State

This week, Jackie Toledo, a member of the Florida House of Representatives, filed legislation that would lower prescription drug prices for patients and protect small pharmacy owners by regulating pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). The passage of her bill, HB 961, would be a monumental achievement in the crusade for PBM transparency.

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CSRO President Testifies Before Florida Senate Committee

posted: November 20, 2019 to CSRO News, State

CSRO President, Madelaine Feldman, MD, FACR, Testifies Before the Florida Senate Health Policy Committee, Explaining PBM Practices and How They are Hurting Florida’s Patients

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Recapping the ACR Annual Meeting

posted: November 20, 2019 to CSRO News

Earlier this month, CSRO’s officers and board of directors traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to attend the American College of Rheumatology’s annual meeting.

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Ohio PBM Reform Sees Immediate Results

posted: October 17, 2019 to State

For the last couple of years, the issue of Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) and their impact on the health care system has been a topic of much concern in both the state of Ohio and the nation as a whole.

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

posted: September 20, 2019 to CSRO News

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

posted: August 30, 2019 to CSRO News, Policy Update

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

posted: July 12, 2019 to Federal

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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