Long Term Care Pharmacy Professionals: Your Advocacy Needed Before January 16 – Submit Comments to CMS

Jan 05, 2018
AmerisourceBergen is committed to advocacy with legislative and regulatory bodies to ensure Long Term Care pharmacists can continue to do what you do best, providing quality patient care in the rapidly evolving and expanding long-term pharmacy sector. We value our partnership with you.

AmerisourceBergen (ABC) is also committed to fair, accurate, and timely reimbursement for pharmacy partners.  Delays or uncertainty in payments destabilizes the viability of pharmacies and patient access to life-saving medications. So called “Direct and Indirect Remuneration” (DIR) fees that are imposed by PBMs retroactively make it difficult for pharmacies to determine the actual reimbursement at the time of dispensing.  That is why ABC supports greater transparency on DIR fees and having them assessed at point of sale rather than retroactively.

Please take a few minutes to visit the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition’s (SCPC) website to comment on three proposals included in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Medicare Part D Proposed Rule including: request for information regarding the possibility of DIR fees being assessed at point of sale rather than retroactively; Part D Lock-in; and Transitional Fill Period.  Below is a link and instructions from SCPC regarding next steps to advocate for your Long Term Care pharmacy and your Medicare patients!

From the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition:

Comments to CMS are due by January 16th.  Please follow the instructions below to send your comments to CMS!  

  1. Click to visit SCPC's Take Action Center to submit comments.
  2. Enter your email address and zip code – right hand side of the page under “Enter Your Info.” 
  3. After hitting the “Continue” button, you’ll be prompted to enter your name and street address.
  4. Hit “Send Message” to send your comments.