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Trump’s Drug Plan Picks Up Momentum as Merck Lowers Some Prices | Bloomberg

Trump’s Drug Plan Picks Up Momentum as Merck Lowers Some Prices | Bloomberg

The Trump administration moved swiftly in the past 24 hours to implement pieces of its plan to bring down drug prices, preparing several significant steps as one of the biggest U.S. drugmakers said it would bring down the cost of some medicines. The Health and Human Services Department on Wednesday night submitted a proposal to […]

All-Payers Claims Databases May Increase Healthcare Price Transparency | Health Payer Intelligence

All-Payers Claims Databases May Increase Healthcare Price Transparency | Health Payer Intelligence

July 18, 2018 – Leveraging the data of all-payers claims databases (APCDs) could improve healthcare price transparency for consumers, according to testimony presented at a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing. Jamie S. King, a professor at the USC Hastings College of Law, told the committee that APCDs could address price transparency challenges if stakeholders use […]

Ibiza Virgins’ Guide: clubbing on Ibiza on a budget | Ibiza Spotlight

Ibiza Virgins’ Guide: clubbing on Ibiza on a budget | Ibiza Spotlight

Ibiza may seem like an expensive place to the inexperienced eye and it’s easy to see why. Nightclub entry ticket prices are not exactly inexpensive. Many hotels cost more than the average monthly mortgage repayment. Thinking of buying a round of drinks in a super-club? Good one. But don’t despair. Although this magical island seems […]

Charlie Baker trolls toll congestion pricing | Boston Herald

Charlie Baker trolls toll congestion pricing | Boston Herald

Gov. Charlie Baker signaled he’s likely to put the brakes on a Senate plan to test rush-hour congestion pricing on the state’s toll roads, saying his working constituents would see it as “incredibly punitive.” The Herald reported yesterday that a new MassDOT pilot program, included in the state budget that is now being reviewed on […]

Airbnb treads carefully as regulator demands transparency | PitchBook

Airbnb treads carefully as regulator demands transparency | PitchBook

After facing off with the likes of Uber and Google, the European Commission has done it again. The Commission and EU consumer authorities have given Airbnb seven weeks to revise its terms and conditions after announcing they do not comply with current rules. The announcement includes the assertion that the second most valuable startup in […]

Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices could offer a way forward in fight against mushrooming costs | TheHill

Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices could offer a way forward in fight against mushrooming costs | TheHill

At a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee last month, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) asked Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar if he agreed “that there are scenarios where pharmaceutical companies increase the list price of their product and price-gouge consumers for no reason other than to increase their profit margin?” Secretary Azar’s response […]

Hidden Room, Secret Prices Give Way as Gagosian Embraces the Web | Bloomberg

Hidden Room, Secret Prices Give Way as Gagosian Embraces the Web | Bloomberg

Bucking a longtime practice of not disclosing prices, Gagosian publicly listed them for 10 artworks at its inaugural “Online Viewing Room” during Art Basel last month. Five pieces sold for a total of $2 million, with individual prices as high as 950,000 euros ($1.1 million) for a painting by Albert Oehlen. The site was viewed […]

CMS Proposes Drug Pricing, Price Transparency Changes for Medicare | healthpayerintelligence.com

CMS Proposes Drug Pricing, Price Transparency Changes for Medicare | healthpayerintelligence.com

July 13, 2018 – CMS has proposed a series of policy changes for Medicare that would promote prescription drug affordability within Medicare, and has also requested stakeholder comments about ways to improve price transparency for Medicare services. As part of changes to the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), CMS would adopt a new pricing model […]

‘If you tell your agency to chase price, then that’s what they’ll do’: Confessions of a former agency exec | Digiday

‘If you tell your agency to chase price, then that’s what they’ll do’: Confessions of a former agency exec | Digiday

Was it a challenge to get a client to try the test? If you tell your agency to chase price, then that’s what they’ll do. And if you measure the right thing, the actual cost of it is almost irrelevant. It’s hard to get some clients to reconcile with that, and that’s why I think […]

Cadillac’s Pricing Problem and Buick’s Potential Rebranding Opportunity with Velite 6 and Enspire | Torque News

Cadillac’s Pricing Problem and Buick’s Potential Rebranding Opportunity with Velite 6 and Enspire | Torque News

Cadillac’s Pricing Problem Unfortunately for Cadillac when they repositioned themselves against luxury German automakers like Audi, BMW, and Mercedes, their similar higher pricing followed. And they priced themselves out of the market with the Cadillac ELR PHEV, and even now the Plug-in Hybrid CT-6 is a tough sell against Model Tesla Model S and new […]