Alexandria, Va. - Oct. 6, 2010
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) should closely follow guidance Congress included in the health care reform law as it works to implement a new average manufacturer price (AMP) based Medicaid generic drug reimbursement formula, the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) said today.
"In many ways, independent community pharmacies are the backbone of Medicaid's prescription drug benefit," said NCPA Acting Executive Vice President and CEO Douglas Hoey, RPh. "Pharmacies will become an even more important source of health care-related services for Medicaid beneficiaries as new health care reform provisions are implemented. We look forward to working with CMS to implement these important provisions in a manner that maintains access to prescription drugs and services for Medicaid beneficiaries."
CMS recently withdrew from a previously proposed AMP rule several provisions that would have resulted in devastating cuts in Medicaid pharmacy reimbursement to community pharmacies. The implementation of that rule was halted through an injunction obtained with NCPA's efforts in 2007. In its recent letter to on the new proposed regulation, NCPA offers CMS the following recommendations as the agency works to implement this and other provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA):
The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 22,700 independent community pharmacies, pharmacy franchises, and chains. Together they represent an $88 billion health-care marketplace, employ over 65,000 pharmacists, and dispense over 40% of all retail prescriptions. To learn more go to www.ncpanet.org or read NCPA's blog, The Dose, at http://ncpanet.wordpress.com.
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