Episodes
Published 01/27/22
Pharmacy DIR (direct and indirect remuneration) is a value-based tool that’s getting a lot of buzz on Capitol Hill and at CMS. To better understand Pharmacy DIR and how it affects Medicare beneficiaries, JC Scott talks with Dr. William Fleming, Segment President of Pharmacy Solutions and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer for Humana, Inc.
Published 01/27/22
JC Scott talks with Julie Goon, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for Anthem, Inc., and Tim Dube, PCMA’s Vice President of Regulatory Affairs. Together, they discuss good versus bad transparency, how transparency has evolved in healthcare, how it can empower the consumer to have more control over the prices they pay through evolved technology, and which transparency rules decrease prescription drug prices, and which rules actually increase prices.
Published 11/04/21
Today, spending on biologic drugs makes up 43% of total drug spending. This is a growing area of new innovation for a multitude of therapeutic areas, and also an area of growing cost. To increase the use of biosimilars, strategies must be implemented to focus on biologics and drive cost-savings. To share these strategies, host JC Scott is joined by two members of Prime Therapeutics, Dr. Joe Leach, Prime Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, along with Jarrod Henshaw, Prime Senior...
Published 09/07/21
To stop significant increases in drug pricing, greater competition is needed in the drug manufacturing industry. To analyze the role public policy plays in this challenge, host JC Scott talks with Lauren Aronson, health policy expert and Executive Director of the Campaign for Sustainable Rx Drug Pricing (CSRxP). Lauren shares the defining moment that started CSRxP, the main challenges policy experts face in rising drug prices, examples of manufacturers’ unsustainable pricing methods including...
Published 07/01/21
We explore how The Robinson-Patman Act, an antitrust law intended to shield businesses acting as buyers from unfair competition, has impacted the pharmaceutical market from a historical standpoint, how it might be applied in the future, and what it means for public policy on drug pricing and rebates. To explain this, JC Scott sits down with Ross Margulies, a Partner with special expertise in Medicare and Medicaid law at Foley Hoag LLP. JC and Ross discuss the antitrust litigations that have...
Published 05/11/21
Although the COVID-19 vaccine rollout has had a successful start, major health inequities still exist in vaccine access for underserved communities and underrepresented minorities. 2 million Americans are being vaccinated a day, but less than 20% are underrepresented minorities. In this episode, guest host Claire Winiarek sits down with Dr. Elena Rios, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA), and Dr. Sree Chaguturu, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer...
Published 04/20/21
Although the COVID-19 vaccine rollout has had a successful start, major health inequities still exist in vaccine access for underserved communities and underrepresented minorities. 2 million Americans are being vaccinated a day, but less than 20% are underrepresented minorities. In this episode, guest host Claire Winiarek sits down with Dr. Elena Rios, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA), and Dr. Sree Chaguturu, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer...
Published 04/07/21
The Trump administration enacted the Rebate Rule just before leaving office in November 2020. Analyses on the rule, including from government actuaries, show that the rebate rule would increase Medicare Part D premiums by 25% and increase taxpayer costs by 170 billion dollars. PCMA filed a lawsuit to stop the rebate rule from taking effect. In this episode, host JC Scott speaks with April Alexander, PCMA General Counsel, Vice President of State Regulatory Affairs; and Mark Newsom, principal...
Published 02/25/21
Many Americans have expressed strong reservations about vaccines in general and a COVID-19 vaccine in particular, and remain unsure about whether to be vaccinated against the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). In this episode, guest host ClaireWulf Winiarek speaks with Janet McUlsky, convener of the COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity Project, and Susan Winckler, a former Chief of Staff to the FDA Commissioner and current CEO of the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA, about these concerns and the...
Published 01/25/21
Host JC Scott speaks with Megan Hauck, a former Health Policy Advisor to President George and W. Bush, Senator Mitch McConnell, and Chris Jennings, former Senior Advisor for Health Policy for both the Clinton and Obama Administrations. In this episode, Scott, Hauck, and Jennings discuss the election results, what a new president and Congress will mean for healthcare policies, and speculate how shifts in the House and Senate will impact the future of healthcare.
Published 11/24/20
Host JC Scott speaks with Amy Bricker, Senior Vice President of Health Services Supply Chain at Express Scripts and previous commissioner for MedPac. November is National Diabetes Month, and the discussion this week revolves around how PBMs help keep the costs of insulin down and improve patient care.
Published 11/10/20
Host JC Scott speaks with two guests from Humana Pharmacy Solutions. The first, Mona Siddiqui, is senior vice president of clinical strategy and quality at Humana. Her background is in public service, especially with HHS and the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Innovation. The second is Dr. Scott Greenwell, senior vice president of pharmacy solutions at Humana, who played an integral role in launching Humana’s Medicare Part D program. The discussion is around innovation in service delivery...
Published 10/13/20
Host JC Scott speaks with Claire Winiarek, the VP for Policy of PCMA, about the increased use of mail delivery for prescriptions. Winiarek discusses the value of mail service for prescriptions both relative to the pandemic and beyond it.
Published 09/29/20
Host JC Scott speaks with Mark Newsom, the principal and founder at Health Evaluations LLC, on one of the executive orders Trump signed on drug pricing that affects prescription drug rebates for public programs. Newsom discusses how prescription drug premiums will certainly increase with the implementation of this rule.
Published 08/04/20
Host JC Scott speaks with Dan Judy, Analyst and Polling Expert at North Star Opinion Research, about his recent polls finding that benefits managers are overwhelmingly satisfied with results on Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs). Despite these positive results, JC and Dan discuss why PBMs still suffer from a “trust deficit” in the public eye.
Published 07/27/20
JC Scott speaks with Doug Long, Vice President of Industry Relations at IQVIA, about the impact of COVID-19 on the pharmaceutical market. IQVIA is a world leader in using data, technology, advanced analytics and expertise to help customers drive healthcare - and human health - forward.
Published 07/06/20
Host JC Scott speaks with Mostafa Kamal, CEO of Magellan Rx Management, about the evolving role of the PBM market in delivering solutions to its clients. JC and Mostafa also discuss challenges to Medicaid during the current economic downfall, as well as upcoming technological innovations to improve the patient experience.
Published 06/11/20
Host JC Scott speaks with Tim Wentworth, the president of Cigna Express Scripts and Cigna Services, about how Cigna--along with the entire pharmaceutical industry--are addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.
Published 05/20/20
Host JC Scott speaks with Mark Newsom, the principal and founder at Health Evaluations LLC, on the core role of Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs). Newsom goes through the process PBMs take to get us, the consumers, the most effective medications for the lowest premiums. He also discusses PBMs and their role in conjunction with the other players in the industry.
Published 05/20/20