Good Neighbor Pharmacy Provides Feedback to U.S. House Ways & Means Committee re: Medicare “Red Tape” Initiative

Sep 08, 2017

On August 25th, Brian Nightengale submitted comments from Good Neighbor Pharmacy to the House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee regarding their new initiative to address burdensome regulations, mandates and policies within Medicare. Health Subcommittee Chairman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) is leading this initiative with the support of the Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX). The Committee is conducting this initiative to receive feedback from providers and develop solutions to address onerous regulations within Medicare to improve health care for seniors. This process includes three phases:

1. Request feedback from stakeholders to learn more about the policies that improve health care ­ and the policies that stand in the way;

2. Host roundtables with stakeholders across the country to continue the conversations and identify solutions; and

3. Take Congressional action based on feedback from stakeholders.

Good Neighbor Pharmacy provided the attached comments on how Congress can provide relief on DIR fees in the Medicare Part D Program for community pharmacists and the patients they serve. Good Neighbor Pharmacy supports the National Community Pharmacists Association¹s (NCPA) comments and also recommends Congress address this problem by passing H.R. 1038, the Improving Transparency and Accuracy in Medicare Part D Spending Act, which would ban retroactive DIR fees. We will continue to provide updates as this initiative progresses, and we encourage you to please take action, and contact your Members of Congress today with specific examples describing how DIR fees directly impact your business and patients.