Rx Adherence Advocates Target Coming Medicare “Doc Fix” Bill With Policy Recommendations
This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily
Council for Affordable Health Coverage is lobbying for policies around medication synchronization and better use of health IT, with an eye on using CBO’s scoring of savings from medication use to help pay for reforming Medicare’s physician payment updating method in upcoming legislation.
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CMS mandates that Part D plans offer prescriptions filled for less than a 30-day period at a daily cost-sharing rate, with a few stated exceptions, but delays implementation until the 2014 plan year.