CMS Reveals List of First Drugs Subject to Inflation-Based Rebates
CMS on March 15 revealed the first drugs that will be sanctioned for having their prices increase faster than the rate of inflation, as part of the Inflation Reduction Act. The 27 medications are all covered under Medicare Part B, and many of them are treatments for cancer, chronic kidney disease and the aftereffects of organ transplants. Beneficiaries who normally pay 20% coinsurance under Part B will see their share decline based on an inflation-adjusted price for these drugs.
The federal government will invoice the manufacturers for 2023 and 2024 Part B inflation rebates no later than fall 2025, and those funds will be deposited into the Medicare Trust Fund. A Kaiser Family Foundation analysis found that, from 2019 to 2020, half of all drugs covered by Medicare had price increases above the rate of inflation over that period.