Pharmacy Question for the Week of December 18, 2017

Pharmacy Compliance Question of the Week

Question:

Do you know whether the rates for Part B covered drugs have decreased or increased for 2018?

Answer:

On its website, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) state that it compared the first quarter 2018 payment amounts with the prior quarter and that, on average, there was no change in payment amounts for the top 50 Part B drugs. For half of the higher volume drugs (25 out of the top 50), the prices changed 2 percent or less. Overall, the prices for 19 of the top 50 drugs decreased, while three remained the same.

Disclaimer: Every reasonable effort was made to ensure the accuracy of this information at the time it was published. However, due to the nature of industry changes over time we cannot guarantee its validity after the year it was published.