August 20, 2003
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed new rules that would improve the way that Medicare pays for covered drugs and is asking for public input on the best way to achieve that goal. While Medicare, by law, generally does not cover most outpatient prescription drugs, the program does cover certain drugs, including many cancer drugs and others that cannot be self-administered or that are administered through durable medical equipment.
CMS is asking for public comments on four approaches that could be used to change how Medicare currently pays for drugs:
The comment period will end October 14, and a final rule will be published later this year.