‘Clean Slate’ For Rebate Policy? US MedPAC Getting To Work
That sound you hear is the staff of the US Medicare Payment Advisory Commission digging into new sources of data about the impact of rebates on the Part D outpatient drug benefit. Expect new policy ideas to follow – though not right away.
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