Pharmacists Prepare to Flee California Medicaid Program
CMS Approval of Provider Cuts Will Result in Dire Consequences for Patients
The California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) has sent a letter to Dr. Donald Berwick, administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) outlining why proposed cuts by the California Department of Health Services (DHCS) Medicaid program (entitled Medi-Cal) violate federal law and will result in pharmacists being forced out of the program.
In 2009, and again in 2011, DHCS submitted requests to CMS to cut reimbursements for pharmacists, physicians, hospitals and dentists. For pharmacists, these cuts