The Government Accountability Office urged the CMS to continue several experiments that require providers and medical equipment suppliers to prove they are meeting certain standards before being paid, as that could save the agency billions.
Providers, advocacy groups and some policymakers are pressing for stronger enforcement of mental health parity laws. But congressional Republicans and Democrats disagree about giving the federal government more enforcement power.
David Cordani doesn't view Cigna as merely a health insurer. The Bloomfield, Conn.-based company, he said, is in the business of delivering "health services." The proposed $54 billion purchase of Express Scripts falls in line with that, he argued.
There are proposals in President Donald Trump plan that if implemented could ensure stronger competition from generic and biosimilar medicines and thereby increase access and provide financial relief for patients at the pharmacy counter.