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"Fierce Healthcare: Axing protected drug classes in Medicare Part D may not substantially lower spending"

March 07, 2018

Fierce Healthcare: Axing protected drug classes in Medicare Part D may not substantially lower spending

Fierce Healthcare published an article covering a recent report from The Pew Charitable Trusts on Medicare’s six protected classes policy. The article, entitled “Report: Axing protected drug classes in Medicare Part D may not substantially lower spending,” notes that eliminating protected classes of medications may have a “limited financial payoff.” The article further details the use of medication management within the protected classes — correcting a common misnomer — by noting that “Part D plans do have some ability to restrict drugs in these classes… which could also impact how effectively eliminating the protected classes would cut down drug spending.”


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