By Joyce Frieden, News Editor, MedPage Today May 14, 2018
WASHINGTON — Doctors should get out of the business of making money off of providing prescription drugs to Medicare beneficiaries, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Monday. Currently, physicians who administer drugs paid for under Medicare Part B — which covers drugs administered in the physician’s office — pay for the drug themselves up front and then are reimbursed at the average sales price plus a 6% markup. This system “gets into the notion of physicians or facilities making money off the arbitrage between acquisition price and reimbursement,” Azar explained at a briefing with reporters following a speech he gave on President Trump’s plan to lower the cost of prescription drugs.
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