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Senate hearing scrutinizes prescription drug costs

Senate hearing scrutinizes prescription drug costs

WASHINGTON — Pharmacy benefit managers are a key focus of debate about elevated drug pricing that has come before a U.S. Senate committee. The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) and the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) called for PBM reform in written testimony submitted to a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing

NCPA backs legislation to bolster Medicare

NCPA backs legislation to bolster Medicare

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association urged leaders in the House of Representatives to enact a slate of bills that would foster access to pharmacy services in Medicare. NCPA said Monday that it submitted comments for a House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee hearing on Medicare and offered suggestions to enhance the program

Controversy over DIR under Medicare Part D heats up

Controversy over DIR under Medicare Part D heats up

Direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) is one component of the complex Medicare Part D payment system. In the past several months, the issue of DIR increasingly has become a source of contention between various players in the Part D program. Pharmacies, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and members of Congress have expressed

Coalition trains fire on DIR fees under Medicare Part D

Coalition trains fire on DIR fees under Medicare Part D

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A group 118 health care stakeholders, including chain drug retailers, have called on Congress to crack down on direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees in Medicare Part D. Mobilized by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), the broad coalition sent letters to the Senate and House of Representatives to voice their support

Congress urged to move on DIR fee legislation

Congress urged to move on DIR fee legislation

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Chain drug retailers were among 118 health care stakeholders calling on Congress this week to crack down on direct and indirect remuneration fees in Medicare Part D. Marshaled by the National Community Pharmacists Association, the broad coalition — also including independent pharmacies, pharmacy trade groups, drug distributors, pharmacy buying groups, supermarket retailers,

NCPA nudges Congress to act on DIR fee bills

NCPA nudges Congress to act on DIR fee bills

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association has called on Congress to hold hearings on legislation that would crack down on direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees. NCPA said it has sent letters to the chair and ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee and to the chair and ranking members of the House

Congress reintroduces DIR fee legislation

Congress reintroduces DIR fee legislation

WASHINGTON — Reps. Morgan Griffith (R., Va.) and Peter Welch (D., Vt.) have reintroduced the Improving Transparency and Accuracy in Medicare Part D Spending Act (H.R. 1038), which community pharmacies say would squelch a growing burden: retroactive direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees. The bill, introduced Wednesday in the House of Representatives, would ban the application