• Jun 07, 2019
    Action is needed ASAP to promote DIR relief on Capital Hill. Recent efforts have been helpful, and community pharmacy has sent 6,000 letters advocating the need for DIR fee reform. Please help keep the momentum going by writing your letter of support today.
  • May 30, 2019
    Recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its much anticipated final Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D Drug Pricing Rule (CMS-4180-F). At this time, CMS has decided not to include much needed reforms of Direct and Indirect Remuneration (DIR) fee practices.
  • May 17, 2019
    On Thursday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its much anticipated final Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D Drug Pricing Rule (CMS-4180-F). At this time, CMS has decided not to include much needed reforms of Direct and Indirect Remuneration (DIR) fee practices.
  • Mar 08, 2019
    On March 7, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announces plans to consolidate the competitive bidding areas (CBAs) included in the Round 2 Recompete and Round 1 2017 Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program into a single round of competition named Round 2021. Round 2021 contracts are scheduled to become effective on January 1, 2021, and extend through December 31, 2023.
  • Mar 05, 2019
    The proposed regulation would exclude rebates from safe harbor protections that currently protect drug manufacturers’ rebates from penalties under the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, and would create a new safe harbor for discounts offered direct to patients, as well as fixed-fee service arrangements between drug manufacturers and PBMs.
  • Oct 17, 2018
    On October 10th, the U.S. Justice Department’s Antitrust Division announce its approval of the $67 billion acquisition of Aetna, the third largest U.S. health care insurer (covering 23 million lives) by CVS Health, the largest U.S. PBM, mail order and chain drug store corporation (covering 94 million pharmacy patient and 27 percent of all U.S. prescriptions). This combination operating under CVS control is promoting their value as one stop shopping for a coordinated health care option with over 1,100 Medic-clinics in CVS’ s 9800 stores nationwide. Plans have been announced since the merger approval to expand the number CVS in-store medical clinics. The only condition on the merger was for Aetna to sell its stand-alone Part D plan, which it has already announced with its sale to Wellpoint.