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Azar remains resolute on controversial Part D rebate rule
Modern Healthcare

HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Wednesday redoubled his support for a rule to eliminate the safe harbor protections for Medicare Part D and Medicaid managed-care drug rebates.

Hospital and insurer groups complained in comments on the rule, which replaces the safe harbor for rebates with one for discounts delivered at the point of sale, that it doesn’t give drug companies an incentive to lower prices. Another concern was that the Jan. 1, 2020 implementation date is far too soon.