Pharmacy

Pharmacy Question for the Week of March 30, 2020

Pharmacy Compliance Question of the Week

Question:

Can you tell me more about the OIG’s recommendation to strengthen oversight of Part D payments for compounded topical drugs?

Answer:

According to The Solutions to Reduce Fraud, Waste, and Abuse in HHS Programs: OIG’s Top Recommendations 2019 compendium, “CMS issued a memorandum to plan sponsors that clarified Part D policies for coverage of compounded topical drugs and use of utilization management tools.” The agency did some pharmacy analysis but has yet to give limited training for plan sponsors on compounded topical drugs. This is in part because CMS has yet to complete follow-ups for pharmacy and prescribers that were identified by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

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