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And so, another working week will soon draw to a close. Not a moment too soon, yes? This is, you may recall, our treasured signal to daydream about weekend plans. Our agenda is relatively modest. We hope to catch up on some reading, hang with a short person or two, take some long strolls with Mrs. Pharmalot, and catch another installment of our “Let’s-see-them-before-they-die” concert series. And what about you? This is a lovely time of year to enjoy the great outdoors. You could putter around your castle and tidy up. Perhaps this is an opportunity to make time for someone special. Or you could answer the help wanted sign at the Federal Reserve; we understand a certain someone in Washington is having trouble finding a good candidate. Well, whatever you do, have a grand time. But be safe. Enjoy, and see you soon. …

Medicare spending would climb by $187 billion and Medicaid by $7 billion over the next decade if the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services finalizes a rule to repeal the safe harbor for Part D rebates, Modern Healthcare writes, citing an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office. The Trump administration proposed replacing the safe harbor for rebates from prosecution under the anti-kickback statute with a new one for discounts at the point of sale, by January 2020.

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