HHS an­nounced last week

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that John O’Brien will suc­ceed the late Dan Best in head­ing the agency’s pre­scrip­tion drug pric­ing re­form ef­forts. O’Brien, a for­mer health in­sur­ance ex­ec­u­tive, will serve as se­nior ad­viser for drug pric­ing re­form to HHS Sec­re­tary Alex Azar. He will lead HHS’ ef­fort to im­ple­ment the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s re­cent pro­posal to drive down pre­scrip­tion drug rates paid by Medi­care Part B by in­dex­ing them to the much lower prices paid by other ad­vanced coun­tries and chang­ing the way physi­cians are paid for ad­min­is­ter­ing those drugs. The move is es­ti­mated to save more than $17 bil­lion over five years.

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