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.
Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a redesigned version of the Drug Spending Dashboards. For the first time, the dashboards include year-over-year information on drug pricing and highlight which manufactures have been increasing their prices.
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.
Aggressive oversight and new improvement efforts have cut the number of improper fee-for-service Medicare claims payments by half in one year, from 10.1 percent in 2004 to 5.2 percent in 2005, a $9.5 billion reduction in improper payments, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Mark B. McClellan, M.D., Ph.D., announced today.