first_imgFormer Donegal star and pundit Martin McHugh has hailed Jim McGuinness as Donegal’s best-ever manager.Martin McHughThe Kilcar man, who has gone for Dublin to beat Donegal before the game, said the Glenties man got everything right against the Dubs at Croke Park yesterday.“You have to gibe McGuinness enormous credit. He is the best manager Donegal have ever had, and one of the best in any county in the modern era. “After being beaten out of the game last year by Mayo, many thought it was all over for McGuinness and for Donegal.“Instead, he got them promoted, won another Ulster title and took Dublin’s scalp against all the odds yesterday,” said McHugh.McHugh paid a special tribute to his own son Ryan who was magnificent with a personal tally of 2-2.“Ryan is my son, so I’m a bit biased, but he was class for his second goal early in the second half. “If he caught the ball, Stephen Cluxton would have been out on him and smothered him.“But he did the right thing, palming the ball away from Cluxton and into the corner,” he said. McGUINNESS IS DONEGAL’S BEST-EVER MANAGER – McHUGH was last modified: September 1st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:best managerdonegalGAAJim McGuinnessMartin McHughlast_img read more

Watchdog Finds That Medicare Part D Spending Has Risen Sharply Even As

first_imgWatchdog Finds That Medicare Part D Spending Has Risen Sharply Even As Prescriptions Have Decreased “Today’s report from the HHS Inspector General makes it clear that list price increases on brand drugs are hurting patients,” said David Mitchell, founder of the advocacy group Patients for Affordable Drugs. In other Medicare news — Modern Healthcare: CMS Late With Data For New Bundled-Pay Program, Leaving Providers Little Decision Time  The report from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) inspector general finds that Medicare Part D spending for brand-name drugs rose by 62 percent from 2011 to 2015, from $49 billion to $80 billion. That is after accounting for discounts that drug companies provide and that they often cite as crucial to deflecting the rising costs of drugs. The number of prescriptions, though, fell 17 percent in the same time period, indicating price increases, not an increase in usage of drugs, is the issue. Advocates seized on the report to argue that rising drug prices are doing real damage. (Sullivan, 6/4) Hospitals and physician groups that want to participate in the CMS’ new Medicare bundled-payment demonstration are sweating because the agency is behind schedule in giving providers the claims data they need to decide which care bundles to select. The CMS said it would share data in May with all provider groups that applied to participate in the voluntary Bundled Payment for Care Improvement Advanced program, which starts in October and runs through 2023. (Meyer, 6/4) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Stat: Medicare Part D Spending Rises As Number Of Prescriptions Falls The Hill: Watchdog Report Finds Surge In Medicare Drug Spending  The federal government is spending more money on brand-name drugs for seniors in the Medicare Part D program, even as the number of prescriptions falls, a government watchdog report released Monday concluded. The analysis, conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, landed in Washington amid talks of radical changes to the Part D program, which typically covers drugs dispensed at a pharmacy. (Swetlitz, 6/4) last_img read more