Co-Founder of GOP Doctor’s Caucus Urges CMS To Withdraw Reimbursement Cut

by admin | October 11, 2017 12:17 pm

October 11, 2017—The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should “stand down[1] and rescind its deleterious proposal” to slash what Medicare pays 340B hospitals for many of the most expensive medicines in use today, a co-founder of the U.S. House GOP Doctors Caucus says.

In a recent commentary[2] in the Capitol Hill newspaper The Hill, former Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) writes that if he were still serving in the House, he would have teamed up with the bipartisan group of 228 members[3] who signed a letter asking CMS Administrator Seema Verma to withdraw its proposal to cut Medicare Part B drug reimbursement to hospitals in the 340B drug discount program[4] by nearly 30 percent. A bipartisan group of 57 senators[5] sent Verma a similar letter the day after Gingrey’s article ran. CMS’s proposed cuts would cover expensive treatments for cancer, age-related macular degeneration, and rheumatoid arthritis, among other physician-administered drugs.  


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  2. In a recent commentary: http://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/354057-hhs-proposal-would-hurt-health-care-providers-and-their-most-vulnerable
  3. bipartisan group of 228 members: http://340binformed.org/2017/09/more-than-half-of-u-s-house-urges-cms-to-drop-340b-hospital-cuts/
  4. the 340B drug discount program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mo1pvJPOfas&t=5s
  5. bipartisan group of 57 senators: http://www.340bhealth.org/files/2017.10.06_FY18_OPPS_Proposed_Rule_on_340B_FINAL_SIGNATURES.pdf
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