WASHINGTON -- The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP) has commended 54 members of the House of Representatives for urging federal agencies to eliminate retroactive Medicare Part D
fees charged by big pharmacy benefit managers.
TOTAL MEDICARE PART D
spending on EpiPen auto-injectors rose from $7.
Between statutory requirements for coverage of drugs in protected classes and a prohibition against the secretary of Health & Human Services negotiating prices for the Part D
prescription drug benefit and other statutory requirements, even for intermediaries such as plan providers and hospital groups, leverage in price negotiations is very limited.
have responded with a proposal to save $112 billion over the next decade by requiring pharmaceutical manufacturers to pay a rebate on prescription drugs purchased by low-income enrollees under Medicare's drug benefit, known as Medicare Part D
Actually, Medicare Part D
, which provides coverage for prescription drugs, operates on a very similar basis – private insurers receive government subsidies to provide various drug plans, and seniors select among the options that are available, paying more for greater coverage," Kaplan said.
Lundgren's main responsibilities included connecting with county offices interested in expanding their Medicare Part D
education programs, and then creating brochures based to help educate seniors about the benefit.
Medicare Part D
, the federal government's prescription drug plan for seniors, took effect, bringing with it a rise in both script counts and confused customers.
Two agencies are merging to form what they call a one-stop shopping area for state residents looking for information on the federal prescription drug program, Medicare Part D
The agency revealed that five companies averaged nearly 11% of total part D
sales, whereas the remaining five companies averaged just above seven percent.
Although most of the attention surrounding Medicare Part D
has focused on states' efforts to help low-income seniors make the transition to new drug coverage options, Part D
has raised another issue for states.
Medicare beneficiaries with end stage renal disease (ESRD) are a high-risk group for increased medication costs related to a gap in coverage-the so-called "doughnut hole," or lack of prescription drug benefits between $2,251 and $5,100 in medication expenses-in the Medicare Part D
prescription drug benefit, according to a new study in the September Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
As confusion over the government's new Medicare Part D
prescription drug program continues to mount, an important enrollment deadline is looming: Most people currently eligible for Medicare must sign up for Part D
by May 15--or wait until the fall and pay a permanent late penalty on their premiums.