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PCMA: New Report Shows Drugstore Lobby Agenda Raises Rx Costs for Small Businesses, Government Programs
Date:3/20/2013

of drug plans to reward enrollees that use the plan's mail order option by barring drug plans from offering lower prices for mail-order dispensing.  This unnecessarily raises costs for consumers, insurers and employers. Obviously, these laws mostly aim to benefit local community pharmacies rather than consumers."

Barriers to Competitive Pharmacy Networks
Background: A new study finds that the extraordinary number of pharmacies in the United States offers an opportunity to save $115 billion over the next decade through the greater use of preferred and limited pharmacy networks.  However, some states have in place so-called "any willing pharmacy" laws and regulations that force plans to contract with pharmacies that don't meet their quality standards or geographic access needs.  

NCPA: "These any-willing-pharmacy laws are costly to taxpayers, employers and patients alike. The Federal Trade Commission notes that these laws reduce the drug plans' bargaining power, leading to higher drug prices and higher premiums for consumers."

Barriers to Efforts to Combat Fraud
Background: Health care fraud is a problem that increases overall health costs and is especially burdensome in Medicare and Medicaid. Billions of claims are submitted to millions of providers, making fraudulent claims easy to disguise. PBMs and companies processing electronic payments are effective at discovering irregularities that lead to fraud.

NCPA: "Regulations requiring Medicare drug plan administrators to pay claims within 14 days make it difficult to detect fraud before a claim has been paid. At the very least, drug plans need the authority to delay paying questionable claims to providers suspected of fraud. Plans also need greater authority to exclude or suspend suspected fraudulent providers from networks and conduct routine audits of participating pharmacies.

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