Your Help Needed: Write in Favor of CMS’ Part D Proposed Rule Addressing Network Issues
From NCPA Advocacy Center Update, Jan. 5: Jan. 16, 2018, is the deadline to submit your comments for the CMS Part D Proposed rule that could favorably impact community pharmacies if adopted. NCPA is coordinating a grassroots outreach among all state associations and its members to support the measure. The Minnesota Pharmacists Association is among more than 40 state associations that have signed on to a letter submitting comments. The proposal includes several NCPA-supported provisions, including a potential requirement to shift retroactive pharmacy DIR fees to point-of-sale instead. Here’s how you can help.
Submit comments to CMS to encourage the agency to move forward with the proposal. You can use the NCPA developed sample comments (be sure to customize them with your personal experiences) to help us counter the opposition PBMs are sure to raise.
Ask your Representative to sign a letter to CMS being circulated by Reps. Morgan Griffith, Peter Welch, Austin Scott, Dave Loebsack, and Buddy Carter. Click here to contact your Representative.
If you are a pharmacy owner/manager, please take a few moments to complete a briefsurvey and let us know how DIR fees are impacting you and your patients. Your input will help guide NCPA’s formal comments.
NCPA staff met recently with CMS officials on behalf of members to convey appreciation for the important community pharmacy-related aspects of the proposed rule. In addition, NCPA is engaging pharmacy stakeholders to join a sign-on letter to CMS and we’re also educating other patient and provider groups about the proposal’s provisions and the need to support them. For additional information on the topic, read an opinion piece from NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey that was published in The Hill on Jan. 4.