CMS admits no hard data on pharmacy payments

June 5, 2006

CMS has admitted that it has no hard evidence to back up deputyadministrator Leslie Norwalk's Congressional testimony thatpharmacies are being paid for Part D scripts on a 15-day billingcycle. Instead, Norwalk's assertion was based on informalinformation provided by Part D drug plans.

CMS admits no hard data on pharmacy payments

CMS has admitted that it has no hard evidence to back up deputy administrator Leslie Norwalk's Congressional testimony that pharmacies are being paid for Part D scripts on a 15-day billing cycle. Instead, Norwalk's assertion was based on informal information provided by Part D drug plans. The agency did not ask retail pharmacies about their experiences with slow payments from PBMs administering Part D plans.

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