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States will play a key role in the new Medicare prescription drug benefit. This includes financing much of the drug costs for low-income seniors and persons with disabilities. Here is some useful information for state leaders: - Implications of the New Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit for State Medicaid Budgets. From...
Preventable medication mistakes in hospitals is a leading causing of death. Top patient safety experts and The Leapfrog Group have called upon hospitals to replace risky, paper-based prescriptions with computerized physician order entry (CPOE) systems. If installed in every major hospital, CPOE systems would save tens of thousands of lives...
The new Medicare prescription drug benefit, enacted in the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 and set to begin in January 2006, is the most significant and complex expansion of benefits since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. For an insightful portrait of the forty years of ideological conflict...
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that re-importing prescription drugs from Canada will save virtually nothing. Many will find this counter intuitive, especially in light of all the misinformation and political rhetoric - and the uneven reporting on the issue. As with so many of the "Taste Great vs. Less...
The new Medicare drug discount cards will save seniors a whopping $6.4 billion, according to a study commissioned by The Business Roundtable. For the full drug benefit that begins in January 2006, BRT estimates seniors will save another $17.7 billion in the first year alone. And these estimates are conservative. The...

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