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Contract Year (CY) 2020 Medicare Advantage and Part D Drug Pricing Proposed Rule (CMS-4180-P)

CMS is committed to implementing President Trump’s blueprint to lower drug costs and reduce out-of-pocket costs for patients. In line with the policies discussed in the President’s blueprint, CMS issued a proposed rule on November 26, 2018 that solicits public comments on potential policies that would remove administrative hurdles to offer lower cost options to seniors and provide support for private sector partners by providing them the tools to lower the cost of prescription drugs.
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CMS Takes Action to Lower Prescription Drug Costs by Modernizing Medicare

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed polices for 2020 to strengthen and modernize the Medicare Part C and D programs. The proposal would ensure that Medicare Advantage and Part D plans have more tools to negotiate lower drug prices, and the agency is also considering a policy that would require pharmacy rebates to be passed on to seniors to lower their drug costs at the pharmacy counter.
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ANPRM International Pricing Index Model for Medicare Part B Drugs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is committed to implementing President Trump’s blueprint to lower drug costs and reduce out-of-pocket costs for patients. In line with the policies discussed in the President’s blueprint, the CMS is soliciting public comments on potential options we may consider for testing changes to payment for certain separately payable Part B drugs and biologicals (“drugs”).
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Medicare Part D premiums continue to decline in 2019

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that, for the second year in a row, the average basic premium for a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan in 2019 is projected to decline.
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CMS proposes Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System changes for 2019 (CMS-1695-P)

On July 25, 2018, CMS proposed changes that would encourage site-neutral payment between sites of services and make healthcare prices more transparent for patients so that they can be more informed about out-of-pocket costs.
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Speech: Remarks by CMS Administrator Seema Verma at the American Hospital Association Annual Membership Meeting

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.
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New consumer decision support features now available at HealthCare.gov

As consumers count down to the December 15 enrollment deadline for January 1 coverage, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that new HealthCare.gov consumer decision support features piloted earlier this enrollment season will now be fully deployed to all visitors.
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