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The proposal to reimburse less for drugs that exceed a price substitution threshold, first made last year but never finalized, is part of the Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule for 2012.
CMS' proposal to bring the reimbursement rate for Medicare Part B drugs administered in hospital outpatient departments back to average sales price plus 6% for the first time since 2007 has resulted in a fresh wave of pressure from industry groups to keep it at that level.
A trio of newly finalized guidance documents from the US agency dated 25 September explain how the Accreditation Scheme for Conformity Assessment pilot will work, and what biocompatibility and safety standards will apply.