Joseph Cantrell, JD, is the director of state affairs and community relations for the ACR.
As of July 1, a Florida bill increases oversight of pharmacy benefit managers and offers some protection for pharmacies. However, the legislation has limited effects on patients and providers, highlighting the need for additional reform.
Amid rising drug costs and the growing influence of pharmacy benefit managers on patient care decisions, physicians are increasingly called upon to advocate for affordable, evidence-based treatments for their patients.
With 2023 state legislative sessions underway, early prevailing themes may forecast areas where we will see gains this year. Key issues include utilization management, copay accumulator bans, white bagging and pharmacy benefit manager reform.
Healthcare law is ever changing, particularly with regard to price transparency. Key healthcare leaders and stakeholders have long argued for more stringent price transparency regulations in an effort to increase patient awareness regarding the cost of a hospital item or service prior to receiving the service. Such information is anticipated to enable patients to take…