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NRLN President’s Forum: Drug Companies’ Payments to Doctors

If you have ever encountered a doctor writing a prescription for an expensive drug when a less expensive drug was available, the reason might be that the doctor was receiving money from the pharmaceutical company for promotional talks and consulting.

ProPublica, an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism, found that roughly more than 600,000 doctors received payments from drugmakers and medical device companies in any given year 2014 - 2018. More than 2,500 physicians have received at least half a million dollars apiece in the past five years alone. More than 700 of those doctors received at least $1 million in the same period.

In 2013, ProPublica reported on an in depth investigation of the pharmaceutical industry’s drive to influence prescription writing. Six years later and such earnings by certain doctors have become commonplace despite scrutiny from prosecutors and academics.

Each year from 2014 to 2018, drug and medical device companies spent between $2.1 billion and $2.2 billion to pay doctors for speaking and consulting, as well as on meals, travel and gifts for them, ProPublica found. (These figures do not include research spending, but they do include royalties.)

Of the top 20 drugs with the most annual spending on doctors from 2014 to 2018, six made the list in each of the years: Invokana to treat type 2 diabetes; the blood thinners Xarelto and Eliquis; the antipsychotic Latuda; the immunosuppressive drug Humira, and the multiple sclerosis drug Aubagio. Another three drugs were on the list for four years: Victoza to treat type 2 diabetes; psoriasis treatment Otezla, and the cholesterol-lowering drug Repatha. Xarelto topped the list in spending for four years, totaling more than $123 million in payments from 2014 to 2018.

ProPublica noted there is a perception among many physicians, including some in academia, that drug company payments are fairly benign — a moonlighting gig that educates other doctors about important medications. But since ProPublica began looking at physician payments, one drugmaker after another has paid tens, or even hundreds, of millions of dollars to resolve allegations of improper, or illegal, marketing tactics.

Bill Kadereit, President
National Retiree Legislative Network


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The Social Security Administration announced on October 10 a 1.6% cost-of-living adjustment for 2020, meaning the average retiree will get $24 more each month. In 2019, the COLA was 2.8%, an increase of about $40 a month for retirees.

The increase in benefits applies to the 63 million Social Security beneficiaries and the 8 million Americans who get Supplementary Security Income benefits. In total, the change affects 69 million beneficiaries since some Americans receive both Social Security and SSI benefits. Social Security and SSI beneficiaries usually are notified by mail in early December about their new benefit amount.

The NRLN is lobbying for passage of the Social Security 2100 Act that would ensure the solvency of the program for the next 75 years. Enactment would also change the annual COLA from the current CPI-W index pegged to urban wage earners’ living expenses to CPI-E (Elderly) based on older Americans’ spending patterns, including high medical costs.

The maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax will increase about 3.6% next year to $137,700 from $132,900. Earners reaching that threshold will have to pay an additional $297 in taxes, as will their employers.



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Antiquated Medicare Fraud Rules Eyed for Overhaul
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Medicare Fraudsters Now Tap Telemedicine In Medical Equipment Scams
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GE to freeze, pre-pay pensions to save up to $8 billion, cut debt
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From Dr. Sanjeev Sriram; The Hill ~ Oct 04, 2019

Medicare Shopping Season Is Almost Here
By Mark Miller; The New York Times ~ Oct 04, 2019

Trump attacks 'Medicare for All' in Florida, accuses Dems of wanting to fund 'socialism'
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Oct 03, 2019

Trump cites his support for Medicare, slams Medicare for All
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What Trump’s Executive Order Means for Healthcare
By Andrew Hirschfeld; Fortune ~ Oct 03, 2019

Urging Doctors and Health Systems To Recognize The Importance Of Social Supports To Patients
From Howard Gleckman; Forbes ~ Oct 02, 2019

Commentary: Americans Spent More on Taxes in 2018 Than on Food, Clothing and Health Care Combined
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From Kent Kaiser; The Hill ~ Oct 01, 2019

New Round of Medicare Readmission Penalties Hits 2,583 Hospitals
By Jordan Rau; Kaiser Health News ~ Oct 01, 2019

Medicare’s ACO Program, Which Offers Doctors, Hospitals Rewards For Better Care, Saved $740M Last Year
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Oct 01, 2019

Trump and Pelosi aides talk drug costs despite impeachment
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Oct 01, 2019

CVS halts sales of heartburn drug Zantac over cancer concerns
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Sep 30, 2019

Trump Administration Health Transparency Policy Triggering Industry Sparks
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Sep 30, 2019

Time To Talk About Healthcare Total Cost Of Ownership
From Erik Sherman; Forbes ~ Sep 29, 2019

Can Washington deliver on drug costs amid impeachment probe?
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Sep 29, 2019

Enrolling in a Medicare prescription drug plan? You'll need extra time, advocates say
By Kristen Jordan Shamus; Detroit Free Press ~ Sep 29, 2019

Trump to give health care speech in Florida next week
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Sep 28, 2019

4 costly scams targeting older people that you should know about — but probably don’t
By Catey Hill; MarketWatch ~ Sep 28, 2019

The Worrisome Social Security Trend Few People Know About
By Sean Williams; The Motley Fool ~ Sep 28, 2019

It's time to axe the unjust 'widow's tax'
From Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.); The Hill ~ Sep 27, 2019

Cost Is The Issue
From Grace-Marie Turner; Forbes ~ Sep 27, 2019

A Wall Street tax can help pay for bold policy solutions
From Susan Harley; The Hill ~ Sep 27, 2019

Feds crack Medicare gene test fraud that peddled cheek swabs
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Sep 27, 2019

KHN Files Lawsuit To Force Feds To Disclose Medicare Advantage Audits
By Fred Schulte; Kaiser Health News ~ Sep 27, 2019

How Arbitration For Surprise Medical Bills Leads To Runaway Costs & Higher Premiums
By Avik Roy ; Forbes ~ Sep 27, 2019

As Health Care Costs Rise, Workers At Low-Wage Firms May Pay A Larger Share
By Michelle Andrews; Kaiser Health News ~ Sep 25, 2019

The 2020 Social Security COLA is expected to be low — and that’s not even the worst part
By Alessandra Malito; MarketWatch ~ Sep 26, 2019

House Republicans Rebel Against Pelosi’s Drug Plan While Senators Release Bipartisan Bill
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Sep 26, 2019

How retirees can check if they're having enough taxes withheld
By Susan Tompor; Detroit Free Press ~ Sep 25, 2019

New frontier in health fraud: Genetic tests of the elderly
By Sarah N. Lynch; Reuters ~ Sep 25, 2019

Impeachment push threatens to derail bipartisan efforts on health care costs
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Sep 25, 2019

3 New Retirement Rules That May Change Retirement As We Know It
By Jackie Campbell; Forbes ~ Sep 25, 2019

CBO: Fix backed by doctors for surprise medical bills would cost billions
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Sep 24, 2019

2 Democratic lawmakers ask EBSA to delay upcoming reorganization
By Brian Croce; Pensions & Investments ~ Sep 23, 2019

Aggressive Lobbying Effort Creating A Drag On Legislative Momentum Behind Surprise Medical Bills
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Sep 23, 2019

Warning: You Can Be Taxed Higher In Retirement -- How To Stop That
From Larry Light; Forbes ~ Sep 23, 2019

Drugmakers, Facing ‘Stiffest Political Headwinds,’ Mount Strong Lobbying Effort In Congress
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Sep 24, 2019

Drug prices for seniors once again rose faster than inflation, report says
By Jen Christensen; CNN ~ Sep 23, 2019

Opinion: Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Capitalism, And Retirement Accounts: The Dog That Didn’t Bark
From Elizabeth Bauer; Forbes ~ Sep 22, 2019

Opinion: Pelosi’s Destructive Drug Ploy
From Grace-Marie Turner; Forbes ~ Sep 20, 2019

Need Cash? Hardship Withdrawals From Your Retirement Plan Just Got Easier
By Ashlea Ebeling; Forbes ~ Sep 20, 2019

Older Americans Are Starting More Businesses Than Ever
By Chris Farrell; Bloomberg ~ Sep 20, 2019

Pelosi offers Medicare negotiation plan to curb drug prices
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Sep 19, 2019

3 things NOT to do with your savings now that the Fed has cut interest rates
By Jacob Passy; MarketWatch ~ Sep 19, 2019

Seniors will soon have their own IRS tax form
By Ed Leefeldt; CBS News ~ Sep 19, 2019

What You Need To Know About Inheriting An IRA
From David Rae; Forbes ~ Sep 19, 2019

Judge Sides With Hospitals Over Medicare Payments For Clinic Visits
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Sep 18, 2019

3 Facts Most People Get Wrong About Social Security
By Katie Brockman; The Motley Fool ~ Sep 15, 2019

Is The New Medicare Plan Finder Putting Seniors In Jeopardy?
From Diane Omdahl; Forbes ~ Sep 18, 2019

House To Probe Private Equity Firms’ Stakes In The Debate Over Surprise Medical Bills
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Sep 17, 2019

U.S. Senators urge FTC to scrutinize multi-billion dollar pharma mergers
By Saumya Sibi Joseph; Reuters ~ Sep 17, 2019

Opinion: Primary Care Is Integral To Improving U.S. Healthcare, But Is Falling Further Behind
From Joshua Cohen; Forbes ~ Sep 16, 2019

How to Avoid Financial Deadlock—or Worse—After One Spouse Dies
By Cheryl Winokur Munk; Barron’s ~ Sep 15, 2019

Opinion: Study Finds Dementia Patients Need More Home-Based Medical Care
From Debbie Musser, NA; Forbes ~ Sep 16, 2019

Opinion: Obamacare Drives Hospital Consolidation, Raising Prices For Patients
From Sally Pipes; Forbes ~ Sep 16, 2019

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Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Sep 16, 2019

Opinion: Saving surprise medical billing legislation
From George A. Nation III; The Hill ~ Sep 16, 2019

HHS wants to give you your health data — do you want it?
By Mohana Ravindranath; Politico ~ Sep 16, 2019

Opinion: How to make your retirement savings last forever
From Mark Hulbert; MarketWatch ~ Sep 15, 2019

Opinion: The promise and peril of offshoring prescription drug pricing
From Andrew Mulcahy; The Hill ~ Sep 14, 2019

The New Medicare Plan Finder Doesn’t Make Finding Your Best Drug Coverage Easy
From Diane Omdahl; Forbes ~ Sep 14, 2019

The 'advancing American kidney health' initiative lives up to its name
From Kevin Longino & Tod Ibrahim; The Hill ~ Sep 13, 2019

Opinion: We Have The Road Map To The President’s Health Plan
From Grace-Marie Turner; Forbes ~ Sep 13, 2019

2 pension funds petition MPRA for benefit reductions
By Hazel Bradford; Pensions & Investments ~ Sep 13, 2019

Why Do We Still Have U.S. Mail And How Much Longer Will We Have It?
From Blake Morgan; Forbes ~ Sep 13, 2019

FDA warns of contaminant in popular heartburn medicine
By Nathaniel Weixel ; The Hill ~ Sep 13, 2019

Health groups backed dark money campaign to sink 'surprise' billing fix
By Rachel Roubein; Politico ~ Sep 13, 2019

Here's What We Know About How Drugs Are Priced — And What We Don't
Investor’s Business Daily ~ Sep 12, 2019

Opinion: 9 Things You Need To Know About Power Of Attorney
From Christine Fletcher; Forbes ~ Sep 12, 2019

Your Social Security checks could get bigger next year. Here’s how much
By Lorie Konish; CNBC ~ Sep 12, 2019

Proposed financial transaction taxes would hit U.S. pension funds – report
By Rob Kozlowski; Pensions & Investments ~ Sep 11, 2019

Investors’ Deep-Pocket Push To Defend Surprise Medical Bills
By Rachel Bluth & Emmarie Huetteman; Kaiser Health News ~ Sep 11, 2019

How To Correct This Big Medicare Mistake
From Steve Vernon; Forbes ~ Sep 11, 2019

Opinion: How To Find A Good Estate Planner
By Elizabeth Alterman, NA; Forbes ~ Sep 11, 2019

Ahead of election year, more Americans lack health insurance, incomes stall
By Lindsay Dunsmuir & Howard Schneider; Reuters ~ Sep 10, 2019

Drug Prices Keep Rising Amid Political Pressure, But Not As Fast
By Leah Rosenbaum; Forbes ~ Sep 10, 2019

Opinion: Medicare Advantage Coverage Rules For PPOs Appear To Have Vanished From The New Plan Finder
From Diane Omdahl; Forbes ~ Sep 10, 2019

Opinion: Where There's A Will, There's Not Always An Estate Plan
From Jamie Hopkins; Forbes ~ Sep 10, 2019

Beyond Gun Control: Prescription Drug Prices, Surprise Medical Bills Are At Top Of Congress’ Health Agenda For Fall
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Sep 09, 2019

Pelosi draft plan would allow negotiation on 250 drugs per year: summary
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Sep 09, 2019

Washington risks seeing bipartisan victories on healthcare slip out of reach this fall
By Kimberly Leonard; The Washington Examiner ~ Sep 09, 2019

What Medicare for All would mean for the 60 million people already on Medicare
By Tami Luhby; CNN ~ Sep 08, 2019

Opinion: Rising retiree bankruptcies? It's a myth
From Andrew Biggs; The Washington Examiner ~ Sep 06, 2019

Are insurance companies driving doctors out of the profession?
From Elizabeth O’Connor; The Hill ~ Sep 07, 2019

Senate to start work on funding bills with shutdown deadline looming
By Jordain Carney; The Hill ~ Sep 06, 2019

Groupons For Medical Treatment? Welcome To Today’s U.S. Health Care
By Lauren Weber; Kaiser Health News ~ Sep 06, 2019

Democratic Support For Medicare For All In The House Just Crossed A Major Hurdle
By Andrew Kerr; The Daily Caller ~ Sep 06, 2019

Avoiding The Long-Term-Care Catastrophe
From William A. Haseltine; Forbes ~ Sep 06, 2019

Ernst calls for Congress to fix Social Security 'behind closed doors'
By Rachel Frazin ; The Hill ~ Sep 05, 2019

Analysis: How Your Beloved Hospital Helps To Drive Up Health Care Costs
By Elisabeth Rosenthal; Kaiser Health News ~ Sep 05, 2019

The American Medical System Is One Giant Workaround
From Theresa Brown; The New York Times ~ Sep 05, 2019

Medicare Advantage home healthcare may not be best quality
By Lisa Rapaport; Reuters ~ Sep 05, 2019

Push on 'surprise' medical bills hits new roadblocks
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Sep 05, 2019

Trump Promises ‘Phenomenal’ Health Plan. What Might That Mean?
By Julie Appleby; Kaiser Health News ~ Sep 04, 2019

Opinion: Socialism won’t fix drug prices: Stacy Washington
From Stacy Washington; Post & Journal ~ Sep 04, 2019

Is The New Medicare Plan Finder A Barrier Against Open Enrollment Plan Review?
From Diane Omdahl; Forbes ~ Sep 04, 2019

Fraud Alert: Genetic Testing Scam
By U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Heidi Heitkamp: Protect pensions now for millions of Americans
From Heidi Heitkamp; CNBC ~ Sep 03, 2019

The war over Medicare Advantage audits heats up
By Bob Herman; Axios ~ Sep 03, 2019

Walmart Could Disrupt Health Care the Same Way It Did Retail, Analyst Says
By Josh Nathan-Kazis; Barron’s ~ Sep 03, 2019

Opinion: That Beloved Hospital? It’s Driving Up Health Care Costs
From Elisabeth Rosenthal; The New York Times ~ Sep 02, 2019

Protect Yourself From Healthcare Rip-Offs
From Kevin Loria; Consumer Reports ~ Sep 02, 2019