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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Rising health care costs still a challenge

Rising health care costs still a challenge

WASHINGTON — Total U.S. health care spending growth is expected to average 5.8% in aggregate over the 2014-2024 period, according to a report published in Health Affairs and written by members of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Office of the Actuary. The authors note that this rate of growth is still substantially lower

NCPA: Balanced approach needed to thwart Part D fraud

NCPA: Balanced approach needed to thwart Part D fraud

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association has called on Congress, Medicare and industry stakeholders to strike a balance in stamping out fraud in Medicare Part D while preserving patient access to critical medications. In comments submitted on Tuesday in conjunction with a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing, titled “Medicare Part D: Measures

NCPA applauds lawmakers’ pursuit of MAC pricing transparency

NCPA applauds lawmakers’ pursuit of MAC pricing transparency

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Eleven congressmen have asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for information on the enforcement of transparency measures for generic drug payments in Medicare Part D plans for 2016. The National Community Pharmacists Association said Thursday that this week U.S. Reps. Rick Allen (R., Ga.), Rod Blum (R., Iowa), Buddy

Senate report calls for higher generics usage

WASHINGTON — Providing incentives to prescription drug plan sponsors that increase generic drug use is among recommendations that the Senate Special Committee on Aging unveiled last month in a bipartisan report that focuses on ways to increase the utilization of generics within the Medicare Part D program. The panel also heard about industry issues beyond