Managed Care Minute: March 21, 2015

A one-minute look at managed care news during the week of March 16, 2015, including bills from Congress to fix the sustainable growth rate formula and anticipation over the PCSK9 inhibitors.

After enacting 17 temporay fixes, Congress has finally introduced legislation to fix the sustainable growth rate formula. A vote is anticipated next week ahead of an April 1 deadline, after which doctors would face a 21.2% cut in payments.

Data presented at the American College of Cardiology's Annual Scientific Sessions showed that the highly anticipated cholesterol-fighting PCSK9 inhibitor, evolocumab, also cuts cardiovascular events by half.

Finally, Patient-Centered Diabetes Care, hosted by The American Journal of Managed Care and Joslin Diabetes Center, is almost here. Don't forget to check out the agenda and register: http://www.ajmc.com/meetings/pcdc15