News & Updates

As CMS Mitigates Medicaid ‘Spread Pricing’ Abuse, Time to Address Medicare Abuses

Morning Consult
Under the leadership of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma, the Trump administration recently released key guidance mitigating pharmacy benefit managers’ abusive “spread pricing” practices in state Medicaid-managed care programs…Read More.

As CMS Curtails PBM “Spread Pricing” in Medicaid, SCPC Says Similar Medicare Abuses Require Scrutiny and Transparent Data Release

National Long Term Care (LTC) Pharmacy Group Urges CMS to Release Medicare
Spread Pricing “Summary” Data…Read More.

Drug plan middle men under scrutiny

Boston Globe
They are the secret middlemen in the chain of rising prescription drug costs…Read More.

Drug middlemen name own prices, methodology goes unchallenged

The Columbus Dispatch
Ohio Medicaid officials and their managed-care contractors say they’re bringing new transparency to an opaque drug-delivery system that in 2017 saw more than a quarter-billion-dollar markup to taxpayers…Read More.

National LTC Pharmacy Advocacy Group Praises HELP Discussion Draft Bill, Offers Comments on Drug Pricing and PBM Transparency Recommendations

Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC), Citing Unique Nature of Elderly Patient Population, Makes Case To Include Statutory Definition of Long-Term Care Pharmacy in Draft Legislation…Read More.

Two more big states take aim at PBM pricing practices, which one lawmaker calls ‘the wild west’

The controversial role that pharmacy benefit managers play in prescription drug pricing is under fresh attack in a pair of new reports issued by two of the largest state…Read More.

Consumers agree: Greater transparency among pharmacy benefit managers is needed

The Hill
Recently, the Trump administration finalized a rule to require drug companies to disclose the list prices of their drugs in direct-to-consumer advertisements…Read More.

Parts Of HELP Bill Regulating PBMs Were Inspired By Montana Strategy

Inside Health Policy
Senate health committee chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and ranking Democrat Patty Murray (WA) included measures regulating pharmacy benefit managers in their draft bill on lowering health care costs that were inspired by a state official’s work in Montana…Read More.

National LTC Pharmacy Advocacy Group Disappointed CMS Failed to Eliminate DIR Fees

SCPC Reiterates Need to Protect LTC Pharmacy, Seniors from Unintended Consequences of Drug Pricing Reforms…Read More.

Protect LTC from unintended consequences of drug pricing reform

McKnight’s LTC News
As Congress and the Trump Administration advance sweeping prescription drug price reforms, it is essential to recognize independent long-term care pharmacies…Read More.

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