Medicare Part D premiums down, CMS says, as administration aims to curtail swelling drug costs

McKnight’s
Premiums for nursing home residents’ prescription drug plans have dipped for the second year in a row, in what the administration hopes is a sign that efforts to curb prescription costs might be taking hold…Read More.

LTC pharmacy group rips Medicare Part D ‘oligopoly, corrupting the free market,’ offers 7 fixes

McKnight’s
One of the leading groups representing long-term care pharmacists is urging the federal government to “act swiftly” to address “skyrocketing drug costs” that are harming the field…Read More.

Pharmacy tech company partners with SCPC to bolster its advocacy agenda

McKnight’s LTC News
Parata announced last week that it’s becoming a Bronze Level Business Partnership with the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition, which represents some 350 LTC pharmacies across the U.S…Read More.

Trump prescription plan doesn’t include Medicare-negotiated pricing

McKnight’s LTC News
PBMs have come under increasing scrutiny since the president’s economic advisory council issued a February report that highlighted their dominance in senior healthcare settings…Read More.

Medicare Advantage pay to jump as enrollment grows

McKnight’s LTC News
Medicare Advantage plans will receive a 3.4% uptick in federal payments in 2019. That’s nearly 90% more than the 1.84% increase proposed in February…Read More.

New Medicare Advantage rules boost payments to plans, promise drug savings

McKnight’s LTC News
Medicare Advantage plans will get 3.4% more in federal payments next year, while beneficiaries can hope for drug prices to decline…Read More.

No turning back

McKnight’s Senior Living
Few industries are more a reflection of the constituents it serves than senior living. And keeping pace with its evolution is a head-spinning exercise…Read More.

Congressional opioid efforts targeting Medicare, limits on new prescriptions

McKnight’s
A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation Tuesday that would set a three-day initial prescribing limit on opioids for acute pain and increase recovery services and availability for addicts…Read More.

To help elderly patients, CMS should prohibit PBM fees – not reform them

McKnight’s
Over just the past few years, the nation’s three largest pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) – CVS Caremark, Express Scripts and Optum Rx – have come to control more than 80% of prescriptions dispensed in America…Read more.

Desperate Fig Leaf: PBM Effort to Use Non-Interference Clause to Systematize Price-Gouging

Morning Consult
From the standpoint of the widening national debate on drug pricing issues, 2017 was a watershed year…Read more.

Twitter   LinkedIn