Thursday, April 04, 2013

Sequester caused clinics to turn away Medicare cancer patients


According to a Washington Post story today, clinics are having to turn away patients for some expensive chemotherapy treatments under Medicare because reimbursement has been cut by the sequester.  In most cases, patients can get the treatment at hospitals, which may be costlier for Medicare and may cost patients more out-of-pocket.
  
The story by Sarah Kliff has link here
  
The situation makes it seem silly that Congress can’t reach a deal.  It could save more money and still deliver needed therapy at reduced cost if it settled this mess. 
   
Part of the problem is that the more expensive drugs (which sometimes have fewer side effects) are covered by Part B instead of Part D, because they require more physician skill to administer.

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