HHS IG: Part D Spending Rose 77 Percent In Five Years Despite 17 Percent Drop In Prescriptions

June 04, 2018
Total Part D reimbursement for brand-name drugs increased 77 percent from 2011 to 2015, even though seniors filled 17 percent fewer prescriptions over the same period, according to the HHS Office of Inspector General. The drug industry trade group said the report is misleading in part because it does not mention that Part D accounts for less than 14 percent of Medicare spending or that drugs reduce other categories of Medicare spending by keeping people out of hospitals. Most of...

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