Part D Mandatory Rebates Included In Speaker Boehner’s “Fiscal Cliff” Offer
This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily
House Speaker John Boehner made an offer to President Obama Dec. 3 to base a resolution to the looming fiscal cliff on a proposal by the president’s deficit commission headed by Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, a proposal that included a mandatory rebate on drugs used in Medicare Part D.
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In legislation passed by both chambers of Congress Jan. 1, the cost of a one-year reprieve from sharp cuts to Medicare physician payments, scheduled to begin in 2013, would be offset by a reduction in Medicare’s bundled payment for end-stage renal disease. The reduced payment would take into account a drop in the use of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents observed over the last several years.
Some patient groups ask Congress not to consider Medicaid-style rebates for dual-eligibles and low-income subsidy recipients in Medicare Part D; 72% of office-based physicians are using electronic health records; disparities in Medicaid EHR adoption, based on allocation of incentive payments, mirror those found in Medicare EHR adoption.