Question:

Do you know whether the rates for Part B covered drugs have decreased or increased for 2018?

Answer:

On its website, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) state that it compared the first quarter 2018 payment amounts with the prior quarter and that, on average, there was no change in payment amounts for the top 50 Part B drugs. For half of the higher volume drugs (25 out of the top 50), the prices changed 2 percent or less. Overall, the prices for 19 of the top 50 drugs decreased, while three remained the same.

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