HHS Rebate Plan A Leap Of Faith? Lower Costs Hinge On Drug Firm, Plan Response
HHS seeks input on how stakeholders might adjust to a system without rebates and requests comments on three actuarial reports that attempt to project the financial impact of the change.
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Medicare Trustees Report highlights importance of rebates in Part D but does not address potential changes to system; charts detail the growing impact rebates are expected to have in coming years.
But CMS also advises Medicare Part D plans to develop bids for the 2020 plan year that include rebates, since the final version of the HHS rule eliminating the anti-kickback safe harbor for rebates may not be released in time for the June 3 bid submission deadline.