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Negotiation Plus: A Framework for Value-Based Drug Pricing Negotiation

article icon Issue Brief CAP’s drug pricing framework would empower Medicare and private payers to negotiate effectively for drug prices, backed by binding arbitration.

by Topher Spiro, Maura Calsyn, Thomas Huelskoetter | Monday, September 26, 2016

House GOP Proposals Would Make Health Coverage Less Secure for All Americans

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) meets with reporters article icon Issue Brief Instead of building a system that works for all, House Republicans’ plan to replace the Affordable Care Act would quarantine sick Americans in separate markets, resulting in higher costs and less coverage.

by Maura Calsyn and Thomas Huelskoetter | Monday, August 1, 2016

New Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Proposal Tests Ways to Lower Drug Expenditures

Prescription medicationsThe Center for American Progress supports a proposal from the CMS that would benefit patients by testing different ways to pay for expensive drugs.

by Maura Calsyn | Tuesday, May 17, 2016

FDA Is Not the Problem

A lab attendant tests a medication article icon Issue Brief Cutting corners by pushing the FDA to approve more drugs on the basis of more limited data will put patients at risk.

by Maura Calsyn and Thomas Huelskoetter | Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Divestitures Will Not Maintain Competition in Medicare Advantage

Man reading Medicare brochure article icon Issue Brief Experiences from past mergers show that divestitures most likely will not be a successful remedy in the proposed Aetna-Humana merger.

by Topher Spiro, Maura Calsyn, Meghan O'Toole | Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Bigger Is Not Better

Doctor with files article icon Issue Brief A proposed merger between Aetna and Humana, two of the country’s largest health insurance companies, likely would increase costs for consumers and taxpayers.

by Topher Spiro, Maura Calsyn, Meghan O'Toole | Thursday, January 21, 2016

Paying It Forward

Mother and child book_alt2 icon Report Creating a new Medicaid benefit for evidence-based home visiting services would simplify funding and allow states and communities to scale services, improve outcomes for families, and produce significant savings for states and the federal government.

by Rachel Herzfeldt-Kamprath, Meghan O'Toole, Maura Calsyn, Topher Spiro, Katie Hamm | Thursday, November 12, 2015

Encourage Drug Research Over Profiteering

Neera Tanden and Maura Calsyn write about how to foster drug research while discouraging profiteering.

by Neera Tanden and Maura Calsyn | Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Enough Is Enough

Luillia Van Lanen with some of her prescription medication book_alt2 icon Report Sustainable drug pricing requires paying for drugs based on their benefits to patients.

by Topher Spiro, Maura Calsyn, Thomas Huelskoetter | Friday, September 18, 2015

Pharmaceutical Provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Threaten Drug Access and Affordability

MedicationsThe current draft of the TPP will raise drug prices and hinder access to critical medications.

by Maura Calsyn | Thursday, July 30, 2015

A Strategy for Medicare Payment Reform

Doctor and patient book_alt2 icon Report Medicare’s Pioneer ACO Model has shown modest yet improving results so far. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should make improvements to the Pioneer ACO Model while also expanding bundled payment reforms.

by Topher Spiro, Maura Calsyn, Meghan O'Toole | Monday, June 1, 2015

The Great Cost Shift

Stethoscope book_alt2 icon Report Cost shifting from employers to employees—not the Affordable Care Act—is the reason why employees continue to experience growing health care costs. Employees should be aware of these cost-shifting efforts and share in health care cost savings.

by Topher Spiro, Maura Calsyn, Meghan O'Toole | Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Reforms to Help Meet the Growing Demand for Long-Term Care Services

Health care article icon Issue Brief Targeted reforms will help more Americans afford the long-term care they are likely to need in the coming decades.

by Daniel Bahr, Topher Spiro, Maura Calsyn | Friday, October 31, 2014

Shining Light on Health Care Prices

article icon Issue Brief Hidden prices drive up costs throughout the health care system. There are a variety of ways to increase transparency, which is key to lowering health care costs.

by Maura Calsyn | Thursday, April 3, 2014

Providing Access to Affordable, Flexible Health Plans Through Self-Insurance

Maura CalsynMaura Calsyn, Director of Health Policy, testifies before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions.

by Maura Calsyn | Friday, February 28, 2014