IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
August 2, 2012
Mr. Cochran (for himself and Mr. Wicker) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to permit direct payment to pharmacies for certain compounded drugs that are prepared by the pharmacies for a specific beneficiary for use through an implanted infusion pump.
Medicare direct payment to pharmacies for certain compounded drugs that are prepared by the pharmacies for a specific beneficiary for use through an implanted infusion pump
The first sentence of section 1842(b)(6) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395u(b)(6)) is amended—
before the period at the end the following:
, and (I) in the case of
covered compounded drugs that are prepared by a pharmacy for a specific
individual, are dispensed, directly or indirectly, to the individual, are
necessary for the effective use of, or therapeutic benefit from, an implanted
infusion pump (regardless who refills the pump), and are billed directly by the
pharmacy, payment shall be made to the pharmacy.
The amendments made by subsection (a) shall apply to drugs dispensed on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.