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According to Ms Skolnik, the appointment of Dr Gottlieb as the new FDA Commissioner may provide some semblance of stability to the FDA amidst potentially radical changes.

Scott Gottlieb was recently confirmed as FDA Commissioner. It is believed that he would be able to swiftly execute changes that could help to accelerate drug approvals and lower drug prices to meet Trump’s goals.

This article is focused on high-stakes claims appeals of the utmost difficulty, rather than the routine process. In rheumatology, such high stakes inherently will always entail a buy-and-bill specialty medication, such as a biologic or hyaluronan; to our newer colleagues, those medications are normally billed as J codes.
“The Administration’s proposed 2018 budget would slash vital funding for institutions and agencies that, together with rheumatology providers, are on the frontlines of rheumatic disease prevention and care."
On January 20, 2017, the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) released a Draft Evidence Report evaluating the clinical effectiveness and relative value—including value-based price benchmarks—of targeted immune modulators used to treat patients with moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

In early March 2017, American College of Rheumatology (ACR) President Sharad Lakhanpal, MBBS, MD, released a statement asserting the ACR’s position on the controversial American Health Care Act (AHCA).

Former President Barack Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law.1 This legislation will allocate approximately $4.8 billion in crucial funding for medical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that will span the next 10 years, including $1.4 billion for the Precision Medicine Initiative, $1.8 billion for the Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative, and $1.8 billion for the Cancer Moonshot initiative.2,3

In May 2016, The Joint Commission altered its stance on text messaging, stating it was permissible for physicians and licensed practitioners to text orders regarding patient care, treatments, or services to hospitals or other healthcare settings--as long as it is done through a secure platform.
With notable changes in Medicare underway, the American Medical Association (AMA) has unveiled a series of online tools to help physicians comply with the new Quality Payment Plan under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) that will go into effect in 2017.
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