News & Updates

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

Bill would improve payment transparency, pharmacy group says

Long-Term Living
The Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) has endorsed H.R. 244, also known as the MAC Transparency Act, saying that, if passed, it would improve payment transparency within the Medicare prescription drug program….Read More

Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) Endorses Bipartisan Bill to Promote Medicare Pricing Transparency, Recognition of Pharmacy Costs Associated with Nursing Home Resident Care

Saying new bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Reps Doug Collins (R-GA) and Dave Loebsack (D-IA) will advance payment transparency within the Medicare prescription drug program, the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) today endorsed H.R. 244, the MAC Transparency Act…..Read More

Use of Antipsychotic Drugs In Nursing Homes Declining, Report Says

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

CMS Bans Prorated Pharmacy Dispensing Fees In Final Rule On Part D, MA

Inside Health Policy
In a win for pharmacies that service nursing home residents, CMS prohibited prorated dispensing fees in a final rule on Medicare Advantage and drug plans issued late Friday (Feb. 6)….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

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