News Briefs: CMS Sends Initial Offers in Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Program

CMS on Feb. 1 sent initial price offers to the manufacturers of the 10 medications that were selected for the Medicare drug price negotiation program, which goes into effect in 2026. The agency announced the 10 medications in August 2023 and said they accounted for about 20% of total Part D gross covered prescription drug costs from June 1, 2022, to May 31, 2023. The drug companies have 30 days to respond by either accepting the offer or providing a counteroffer. The negotiation period ends on Aug. 1. The drug price negotiation program was implemented as part of the Inflation Reduction Act.

In 2023, 79 health care companies filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to Gibbins Advisors, a health care restructuring advisory firm. That was up from 46 filings in 2022 and the highest number of Chapter 11 filings in the past five years; the next-highest was 51 in 2019. Gibbins noted that most of the filings involved pharmaceutical and senior care companies. The firm added that 12 hospitals filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2023, which compares to 11 total between 2020 and 2022. Gibbins analyzes bankruptcies for debtors with at least $10 million in liabilities.

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