Medicare sets up 34 regions for Rx drug plans

January 10, 2005

Pharmacy groups that had been hoping the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would set up each state as a separate Medicare prescription drug plan (PDP) region got half a loaf. The agency named 25 states as stand-alone areas, but the rest were grouped into nine regions to be served by plans offering the Rx benefit beginning January 2006.