Part D

Pharmacy group wants SNF and AL beneficiaries exempted from Part D 'lock-in' provision

By

The head of a new long-term care pharmacy advocacy group urged Congress on Thursday to exempt Medicare beneficiaries in nursing homes and assisted living facilities from a plan that would require them to use a single pharmacy for all medications.

Certain brand name meds drive up Part D prices, CMS finds

Certain brand name meds drive up Part D prices, CMS finds

By

A popular acid reflux medication was the costliest drug paid for by Medicare Part D in 2013, while a blood pressure medication was the most frequently prescribed, according to a new report on prescription drug prices.

CMS to hold Medicare Advantage conference

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will hold its Medicare Advantage & Prescription Drug Oversight & Enforcement 2014 Program Audits conference on Tuesday, June 24 .It is designed to "provide insight into how MA and Part D organizations can best prepare for a CMS performance audit." Participants can attend in-person or virtually.

When preparing for the future, don't forget about LTC costs

When preparing for the future, don't forget about LTC costs

Many recent articles are warning about the future healthcare costs that retirees face, despite having Medicare for their primary health insurance. Medicare does leave 20% of many medical related costs to the Medicare recipient, in addition to a hefty copayment for hospital admission and more. Fortunately, Medicare supplements or Medicare Advantage insurance policies cover the majority of these out of pocket expenses.

Senate Aging committee holding 'D' big hearing Wednesday

The Senate Special Committee on Aging will hold a hearing at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Washington to explore the impact of the first decade of the Medicare Part D program. "10 Years Later: A Look at the Medicare Prescription Drug Program" will be held in the Dirksen Senate Building. The committee is expected to post a witness list in the coming days. Seniors 65 and older use about three-fourths of Part D prescriptions, with the rest being used by disabled individuals.

Medicare might have made duplicate payments for medications used by hospice beneficiaries, OIG report suggests

Medicare might have made duplicate payments for medications used by hospice beneficiaries, OIG report suggests

By

Medicare appears to have paid pharmacies twice for medications taken by hospice beneficiaries, a government report found.

Pharmacists push for study before implementing short-cycle dispensing rule

The National Community Pharmacists Association on Tuesday called for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to collect additional data before implementing a rule that would shorten the medication dispensing cycle in long-term care facilities.