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Azar suggests commercial plans will ditch drug rebates too
Modern Healthcare

HHS Secretary Alex Azar predicted on Friday that commercial insurance plans are likely to eliminate drug rebates after a rule goes into effect that nixes a safe harbor for Medicare Part D and Medicaid managed-care plans’ rebates.

HHS released a long-awaited proposed rule Thursday that would get rid of the safe harbor protections from anti-kickback laws for Medicare Part D drug rebates that drugmakers pay to pharmacy benefit managers and insurers. Instead of the safe harbor protection for rebates, the proposed rule would create a new safe harbor protection for discounts to drugs delivered at the point of sale and for certain PBM fees.

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