On July 29, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed policies that follow directives in President Trump’s Executive Order, entitled “Improving Price and Quality Transparency in American Healthcare to Put Patients First,” that lay the foundation for a patient-driven healthcare system by making prices for items and services provided by all hospitals in the United States more transparent for patients so that they can be more informed about what they might pay for hospital items and services.
Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced much-needed competition and negotiation into the market for physician-administered and other Part B medications that will result in better deals and lower drug costs for patients. As part of the agency’s ongoing activities to deliver on President Trump’s promises outlined in his American Patients First Blueprint, CMS will provide Medicare Advantage plans the option of applying step therapy for physician-administered and other Part B drugs in a way that lowers costs and improves the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries.
Good afternoon, it’s a pleasure to be with you today. Pharmacists are on the front lines of patient care and have keen insight to the issues that patients face. We appreciate your hard work, and we look forward to working with you on a goal that I’m sure we share – ensuring that all patients can access their medications at an affordable price.
Welcome to CMS and thanks for joining us today, as we look ahead to 2019 for the Medicare Advantage and Part D programs. It’s a pleasure to be here with you and to provide an update on all that we have been doing to strengthen and improve these important programs for our nation’s seniors and the disabled.
Good morning, and thank you for that kind introduction. I also want to thank the American Hospital Association for the invitation. For those of you that don’t know me, I spent the early days of my career at a public hospital.