“Brand-name medicines’ market exclusivity periods have climbed an average of 2.2 years since the mid-1990s, steadily delaying the market arrival of generic rivals. Reversing that trend alone could save the U.S. health care system roughly $31.7 billion, according to a Matrix report commissioned by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs, a group of insurers, pharmacy benefit managers and large employers.”
In January 2015, CMS launched a star-rating system for U.S. dialysis facilities. This article analyzes nearly 6,000 U.S. dialysis facilities and explores trends and variations in star-rating scores based on facility characteristics and local demographic factors. Statistical tests show variation across states and by demographic factors.