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Recapping the 2020 State Society Advocacy Conference

posted: September 18, 2020 to CSRO News

CSRO hosted its annual State Society Advocacy Conference. While this was the 8th iteration of the SSAC, it also marked the first time the conference occurred in a virtual format. Despite the venue changed forced by the pandemic, CSRO was pleased to present an excellent program with strong attendance.

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Report Details Prevalence of Accumulator Adjustment Programs

posted: August 21, 2020 to CSRO News

Accumulator adjustment programs are a newly emergent utilization management tool used by PBMs, that have grown increasingly prevalent over the past few years. The programs prevent the value of co-pay assistance from applying to a patient’s deductible, leaving patients vulnerable to high out-of-pocket expenses when the value of their co-pay assistance runs out.

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CSRO Continues Advocacy Opposing BCBST White-bagging Policy

posted: July 24, 2020 to CSRO News

CSRO Opposes BCBST White-bagging Policy

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HHS Issues Slew of Clarifications for Provider Relief Fund Recipients

posted: June 26, 2020 to Federal

After announcing plans to distribute an addition $15 billion to participants in state Medicaid and CHIP programs, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a number of clarifications for providers who received funds from the general distribution fund.

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CSRO Renews Opposition to BCBST Whitebagging Policy

posted: June 12, 2020 to CSRO News

Late last year, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee (BCBST) announced a sweeping policy that would mandate the use of a white-bagging acquisition system for a substantial number of covered lives in Tennessee. The policy would have, in effect, disallowed the use of buy and bill.

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Updates to Louisiana Step-therapy Reform Statute Advance through Legislature

posted: May 29, 2020 to State

For Louisianans with chronic health conditions, it is important to get timely access to the medications and treatments they need. We must ensure that doctors and their patients, not a one-size-fits-all insurance policy, make the right decision for the right treatment at the right time.

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CSRO Comments on CMS Telehealth and Home Administration

posted: April 30, 2020 to Federal

In response to rapidly evolving circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS has made numerous interim revisions to its policies. These changes are designed to streamline patient access to care during the pandemic and large scale social distancing.

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South Dakota Becomes Latest State to Enact Step Therapy Reform

posted: April 21, 2020 to State

On Tuesday, March 24th South Dakota Governor, Kristi Noem, signed SB 155 into law as S.J. 588. The law provides sorely needed reforms to the step-therapy process for patients and providers in South Dakota.

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Add to the COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance Registry

posted: April 8, 2020 to CSRO News, Federal

CSRO is imploring its membership to utilize the COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance Healthcare Provider Entered Registry during the unprecedented era of global pandemic.

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CSRO Leadership Gives Testimony at FDA/FTC Biosimilar Workshop

posted: March 25, 2020 to CSRO News

On March 9, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission and the Food and Drug Administration co-sponsored a public workshop focusing on promoting competition in biologics markets. The workshop was held at the FDA’s White Oak Campus in Silver Spring, Maryland and was also viewable via webcast.

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