Part B changes to fire up specialty pharmacy market

May 2, 2005

You might see specialty pharmacies compete tooth and nail under a new Medicare Part B program proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Under the proposal, physicians can continue buying Part B drugs on their own. Under this scenario, their reimbursement switches from average wholesale price (AWP) minus 5% to average sales price (ASP) plus 6%. Or physicians can opt into a competitive acquisition program (CAP).