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2014-03-18 23:03:41

In a March 27 webinar, two leading pharmacy benefit experts will provide strategic insight and advice on the current design and future prospects of the pharmacy benefit on public exchanges. Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 18, 2014 The success of the pharmacy benefit on public insurance exchanges could serve as a leading indicator for how well qualified health plans (QHPs) themselves are performing. No other benefit is as widely used and visible as that of drug coverage — one of 10...

2014-03-11 23:33:40

“CMS was wise to reconsider its proposed Part D rule that would have destabilized the program, increased costs, and disrupted coverage for millions of seniors.” Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) March 11, 2014 Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) President and CEO Mark Merritt issued the following statement on today’s letter from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner to Congress on the proposed Part D rule: “CMS was wise to...

2014-03-10 12:26:24

WASHINGTON, March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new actuarial study released by The Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) examining the impact proposed changes to the Medicare prescription drug program finds that eliminating preferred pharmacy networks in Part D would increase premiums by approximately $63 annually for over 75 percent of Part D enrollees and raise overall program costs by an estimated $24 billion over the next ten years. "CMS' proposal to eliminate...

2014-03-03 12:26:46

- Data analyses underscore that deep Medicare cuts to home health impact a population that is disproportionately vulnerable and female - WASHINGTON, March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New analyses completed by Avalere Health and Dobson DaVanzo & Associates released today by the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare find that the majority of Medicare home health beneficiaries and caregivers, both skilled and informal, are women and that Medicare home health beneficiaries...

2014-02-25 23:29:26

In a March 6 webinar from Atlantic Information Services, two national experts dissect the specific implications of CMS’s proposed changes for Medicare Advantage and Part D plans, and present strategies for dealing with them on both the business and regulatory sides. Washignton, DC (PRWEB) February 25, 2014 CMS’s 678-page proposed rule for Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D plans, released in early January, is breathtaking in its scope. Several years in the making, the draft rule is a...

2014-02-20 12:27:29

14 Million Could Lose Medicare Part D in 2015: NCPA Study DALLAS, Feb. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposal would cause almost 14 million seniors to lose their Medicare Part D stand-alone drug plans next year, according to a new National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) report. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20130225/DC65817LOGO "The Part D Medicare drug program is popular, and the amount of seniors without drug coverage has...

2014-02-07 23:22:08

February 14th is the last day to switch your Medicare coverage, if you are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan. From January 1st through February 14th, Medicare beneficiaries can switch from a Medicare Advantage plan back to Original Medicare. Contributing Editor: Jim Verville - MMAP Counselor, Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Michigan Lansing, Michigan (PRWEB) February 07, 2014 If you switch to Original Medicare during this period, you’ll have until February 14 to also join a...

2014-01-30 08:32:00

Overdue Change in Protected Classes Overshadowed by Parts Impacting Cost and Access for Beneficiaries ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) today released the following statement by CEO Edith A. Rosato, RPh, IOM commenting on CMS' recently released draft rule on proposed changes to the Medicare Part D program, as follows: (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140129/DC55513LOGO) "At a time when increasing access...

2014-01-29 23:20:30

One of the nation’s leading specialty pharmacies, BioPlus, will continue the ‘Pay It Forward’ campaign which donates to patient foundations for every referral received at our specialty pharmacy. Altamonte Springs, FL (PRWEB) January 29, 2014 The ‘Pay It Forward’ campaign launched in 2013 by BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy (BioPlus), one of the nation’s leading specialty pharmacies, partners with several non-profit patient foundations by making donations for every referral received...

2014-01-29 23:20:08

Jan. 24 issue of Atlantic Information Services’s Drug Benefit News features an interview with Aetna’s national medical director for pharmacy policy and strategy on the insurer’s newly launched anti-obesity program. Washington, DC (PRWEB) January 29, 2014 While many insurers and plan sponsors have been taking a “wait-and-see” approach to two relatively new anti-obesity medications, all eyes may now be on Aetna Inc. as it embarks on a clinically supported pilot to test the...


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