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Government Report: Medical Devices: FDA Should Enhance Its Oversight of Recalls

Medical Devices: FDA Should Enhance Its Oversight of Recalls

by Marcia Crosse
Paperback, 57 pages, 2011, $25.00
ISBN: 1437988067

Recalls are an important tool to mitigate serious health consequences associated with defective or unsafe medical devices. Typically, a recall is voluntarily initiated by the firm that manufactured the device. The FDA oversees implementation of the recall. FDA classifies recalls based on health risks of using the recalled device. FDA also determines whether a firm has effectively implemented a recall, and when a recall can be terminated.

This report identifies: (1) the numbers and characteristics of medical device recalls and FDA’s use of this info. to aid its oversight; and (2) the extent to which the process ensures the effective implementation and termination of the highest-risk recalls. Charts and tables. A print on demand report.

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July 26, 2011 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Prescription Drugs

Prescription Drugs: Trends in Usual and Customary (U&C) Prices for Commonly Used Drugs

by John E. Dicken
Paperback, 28 pages, 2011, $20.00
ISBN: 1437983057

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Prescription drug spending in the U.S. in 2009 totaled $250 billion, of which $78 billion — or 31% — was spent by the federal government. Prescription drug spending by the federal government, patients, and third-party payers, including employers, is driven by many factors, including the prices paid for drugs. This report: (1) examines usual and customary price trends for commonly used prescription drugs from 2006 through the first quarter of 2010 and compares these trends to those of other medical consumer goods and services; and (2) examines price trends using drug prices other than usual and customary. Also provides information on the extent to which prices for individual brand-name drugs changed over the course of this analysis period. Charts and tables.

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April 26, 2011 at 8:07 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Private Health Insurance Premiums and Rate Reviews

Private Health Insurance Premiums and Rate Reviews

by Mark Newsom
Paperback, 24 pages, 2011, $20.00
ISBN: 9781437980844

“Health insurance premiums (HIP) have been trending up, while the value of coverage has trended down.  Both administrative and medical costs continue to rise, but the rate of growth in these expenses slowed between 2008 and 2009.  The rise in medical costs is primarily attributable to the price of services, not increased utilization.  This report provides an overview of the concepts, regulation, and public data regarding private HIP.  Contents of this report: (1) Intro.; (2) Drivers of HIP Increases: Health Benefits Exp.; Unit Prices; Health Service Utilization; Administrative Costs; Health Insurance Corporation Profits; The Underwriting Cycle; (3) Review of Health Insurance Rates: State Rate Filing and Reviews; Federal Reforms Affecting HIP. Charts and tables.  A print on demand report.”

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February 8, 2011 at 11:36 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Estimated Financial Effects of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” as Passed by the U.S. Senate on December 24, 2009

Estimated Financial Effects of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” as Passed by the U.S. Senate on December 24, 2009
by Richard S. Foster (Paperback, 37 pages, 2010, $20)

This memorandum summarizes the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s (CMS) Office of the Actuary’s estimates of the financial and coverage effects through FY 2019 of selected provisions of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (PPACA) on December 24, 2009 (HR3590, as amended).

Included are the estimated net Federal expenditures in support of expanded health insurance coverage, the associated numbers of people by insured status, the changes in Medicare and Medicaid expenditures and revenues, and the overall impact on total national health expenditures. Charts and tables.

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April 27, 2010 at 9:00 am Leave a comment


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