On July 8, 2011, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it had awarded Myers and Stauffer, LC a contract to prepare a monthly survey of retail community pharmacy (“RCP”) prescription drug prices. The contract is in furtherance of CMS’s commitment to develop and publish “Average Acquisition Cost” (“AAC”) data reflecting RCPs’ purchase costs for all covered outpatient drugs, for potential use by State Medicaid agencies in rate-setting. The details regarding how AAC will be collected, calculated and reported could be significant for pharmacies, manufacturers and other industry participants.

To learn more about this development regarding AAC, please see the full post written by Bob Hill, Joe Metro, Dan Cody, Vicky Gormanly on Reed Smith’s Health Industry Washington Watch.