Completion of CVS Health-Aetna Merger Underscores Importance to Seniors of Scrutinizing Proposed CMS Drug Pricing Rule

National LTC Pharmacy Advocacy Group Warns Health Industry Consolidation Crushing Choice, Competition at Expense of Senior Consumers…Read More.

SCPC Expresses Concern Proposed CMS Rule Threatens Seniors’ Access to Essential Medications, Further Undermines LTC Pharmacy Economic Viability

The Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) today said its initial review of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed changes to Medicare Advantage and Part D programs…Read More.

Part D, Rebate-Sharing Rules Slated To Be Proposed This Month

Inside Health Policy
Two rules that are expected to include major policies to curb drug prices are scheduled to be released this month, according to the fall regulatory agenda…Read More.

No More Secrets: Congress Bans Pharmacist ‘Gag Orders’ On Drug Prices

Kaiser Health News
For years, most pharmacists couldn’t give customers even a clue about an easy way to save money on prescription drugs. But the restraints are coming off…Read More.

To protect seniors, Congress should adopt clear, statutory definition of long term care pharmacies

The Hill
When it comes to the “alphabet soup” of federal agencies, one’s eyes can glaze over in confusion and uncertainty about what they do, why they do it, and how average citizens benefit from their federally-funded oversight…Read More.

California Governor Signs PBM Oversight Bill That Drew National Attention

Inside Health Policy
California Governor Edmund Brown (D) signed a bill requiring that pharmacy benefit managers disclose rebates and other pricing information…Read More.

‘Cost-cutting’ middlemen reap millions via drug pricing, data show

The Columbus Dispatch
A middleman company hired to keep the state’s prescription-drug prices in check for Ohioans on Medicaid is receiving millions in taxpayer money meant to provide medications for the poor and disabled…Read More.

The Secret Drug Pricing System Middlemen Use to Rake in Millions

Bloomberg
Not everybody reads the legal notices inside the Ottumwa Courier. But in January, Iowa pharmacist Mark Frahm noticed something unusual in the paper…Read More.

Brady Says Drug Rebates Should Be Shared With Seniors, But It’s Not Clear How

Inside Health Policy
House Ways & Means Chair Kevin Brady (R-TX) relayed to HHS Secretary Alex Azar Thursday (Sept. 6) his reservations with making health plans share drug rebates at the point of sale…Read More.

Alaska Becomes Latest State To Regulate PBMs

Inside Health Policy
This week Alaska became the latest state to require pharmacy benefit managers be licensed…Read More.

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