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Department of Health and Human Services

Law Has Rx Implications

Law Has Rx Implications

Routine monitoring of medication adherence is one of the Medicaid programs that must be included under a new law passed by Congress in response to the opioid epidemic. The recently passed opioid legislation makes improvements in treatment capacity for Medicaid patients. However, the legislation has significance for the pharmacy industry because it directs the Department

PCMA issues statement on proposal requiring list prices of drugs in TV ads

PCMA issues statement on proposal requiring list prices of drugs in TV ads

WASHINGTON — Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) president and chief executive officer J.C. Scott released the following statement on the Department of Health and Human Services’ proposal requiring drug companies to disclose the list price of prescription drugs in television ads: “We share the Administration’s goal of reducing prescription drug prices. Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) foster competition among drugmakers, resulting

PCMA responds to Medicare Part D ruling

PCMA responds to Medicare Part D ruling

WASHINGTON — Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) president and chief executive officer Mark Merritt released the following statement on the Medicare Part D final rule released this week by the Department of Health and Human Services: “Two years ago drugmakers launched a campaign to deflect blame for their high prices onto health plans and pharmacy benefit

NASP hails House action on retroactive Part D fees

NASP hails House action on retroactive Part D fees

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. The lawmakers sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid

Affordable Care Act still plagued by uncertainty

Affordable Care Act still plagued by uncertainty

WASHINGTON — The failed effort to overturn the Affordable Care Act has hardly erased doubts about the law’s short- and long-term viability. Already, the Trump administration has suspended contracts with two companies that have helped thousands of people in nearly a score of cities get health insurance under the statute. In ending the $22 million

NACDS advances Access Agenda platform

NACDS advances Access Agenda platform

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association for Chain Drug Stores moved its Access Agenda platform forward with comments to Congress as committees consider the fiscal 2018 budget for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). NACDS said Thursday that it submitted statements highlighting pro-patient health care solutions as the Senate Finance Committee and the

Trump budget would cut health care funds

WASHINGTON — The fiscal 2018 U.S. budget issued by the Trump administration calls for steep cuts in health care and scientific research while heavily boosting defense spending and offering substantial tax cuts. Dubbed “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” the spending plan was touted as a “taxpayer first” budget by Mick Mulvaney, director of the

HHS nominee Tom Price faces scrutiny

WASHINGTON — Tom Price, an orthopedic surgeon, a six-term Republican congressman from Georgia and a fierce critic of the Affordable Care Act, faced tough questions from Democrats about ethical issues and policy priorities during his confirmation hearing. But at presstime it appeared that he would be approved as Secretary of the Department of Health and

APhA says Tom Price grasps pharmacists’ role

APhA says Tom Price grasps pharmacists’ role

Rep. Tom Price (R., Ga.) had a tense confirmation hearing in the Senate last week for his nomination by President Donald Trump as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). But he got a thumbs-up from the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) on at least one count: pharmacists’ place in the U.S. health

Republicans talk about what will come after ACA

WASHINGTON — Republicans want to replace the Affordable Care Act with “universal access” to health care, House GOP members said. The goal is to ensure that everyone can buy or find coverage, a House leadership aide said at a briefing organized by top Republicans. The briefing came amid growing concern about the 20 million people

HHS rule gives pharmacies flexibility with rewards

WASHINGTON — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores welcomed a final rule issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that allows pharmacies greater flexibility to extend their reward and loyalty programs to beneficiaries in government programs, including Medicare and Medicaid. NACDS said Wednesday that the final rule, issued by HHS’ Office

NACDS hails rule relaxing access to pharmacy rewards

NACDS hails rule relaxing access to pharmacy rewards

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is giving pharmacies more flexibility to extend their reward and loyalty programs to beneficiaries in government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, according to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. NACDS said Wednesday that the final rule, issued by the HHS Office of

Trump chooses harsh critic of ACA to head HHS

Trump chooses harsh critic of ACA to head HHS

WASHINGTON — The choices of Tom Price and Seema Verma for top health positions under Donald Trump have reaffirmed the president-elect’s commitment to toppling the Affordable Care Act. Price, a six-term Republican congressman from Georgia and fierce critic of Obamacare, was picked as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), while Verma,

CVS, HHS examine pharmacy outreach in disaster planning

CVS, HHS examine pharmacy outreach in disaster planning

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Automated pharmacy notifications prompt patients with chronic conditions to refill prescriptions before a forecasted natural disaster, a new study by CVS Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finds. CVS said the research also affirmed that public-private partnerships can aid pharmacy outreach as part of community-based natural disaster