Medicare’s Drug Substitution Policy Saved $13 Million From 2013-2014, OIG Says

Bloomberg BNA
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ drug price substitution policy saved Medicare and its beneficiaries an estimated $13 million from the fourth quarter of 2013 through the third quarter of 2014….Read More

CMS Expected To Address Preferred Pharmacy Network Debate In 2016 Call Letter

Inside Health Policy
Pharmacy benefit managers say CMS should put the debate over preferred-pharmacy networks to rest in the draft 2016 Medicare Advantage and Part D Call Letter….Read More

NCPA Asks Lawmakers To Reconsider 21st Century Cures Draft Provisions

Inside Health Policy
The National Community Pharmacists Association is asking House lawmakers to reconsider or change provisions in their draft 21st Century Cures bill….Read More

Use of Antipsychotic Drugs In Nursing Homes Declining, Report Says

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Fewer long-stay nursing home residents are being treated with antipsychotic drugs, a report from a dementia care group said….Read More

President’s Budget Tracks With House Push For Pharmacy Lock-In Policies

Inside Health Policy
Falling in line with the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s 21st Century Cures draft, President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget for the first time includes a proposal to lock Medicare beneficiaries at a high risk of substance abuse into certain pharmacies or prescribers to cut down on drug abuse….Read More

Bill targets Medicare payments for rural pharmacies

Public Opinion
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., is co-sponsoring a bill to encourage pharmacists to serve older Americans and people with disabilities in communities lacking easy access….Read More

House Bill Recognizes Pharmacists As Providers In Underserved Areas

Inside Health Policy
Pharmacists are pleased Reps. Brett Guthrie (R-KY), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Todd Young (R-IN) and Ron Kind (D-WI) reintroduced a bill Wednesday to recognize pharmacists as providers under Part B that can be reimbursed for certain services in medically underserved areas….Read More

Battle Over Medicare Part D Rebates Begins Ahead of Obama Budget

WSJ Pharmalot
Nearly 400 organizations, including a coalition whose members include the pharmaceutical industry and insurers, have written an open letter to the U.S. House of Representatives to warn against forcing drug makers to give Medicare rebates to low-income beneficiaries….Read More

National Governors Association: States can better integrate pharmacists into health care system
Ringing in the new year with more good news for pharmacist provider status efforts, the National Governors Association (NGA) yesterday released a paper, “The Expanding Role of Pharmacists in a Transformed Health Care System,”on how states can integrate pharmacists more fully into the health care system….Read More

Health Mart: New National Ad Campaign Aimed at Medicare Part D Beneficiaries

Insurance News Net
With the New Year, many Medicare Part D patients may notice changes in their co-pays and look to switch pharmacies….Read More

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