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Congressman honored by HDMA for Rx leadership
May 25th, 2011
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Healthcare Distribution Management Association (HDMA) has recognized Rep. Gene Green (D., Texas) with its Rx Safety and Healthcare Leadership Award.
HDMA said Wednesday that the award recognizes public officials for their leadership and commitment to public policies that support and promote the safe and efficient delivery of lifesaving medicines to patients.
According to the association, Green has been a longtime supporter of policies that enhance the safety and efficiency of the health care supply chain, notably in the area of prescription drug reimbursement.
Earlier this year, he introduced bipartisan legislation (H.R. 905) with Rep. Ed Whitfield (R., Ky.) to correct the treatment of prompt-pay discounts under the Medicare Part B average sales price (ASP) reimbursement metric for prescription drugs and biologics. HDMA said the bill would improve patient access to these medications and increase supply chain efficiencies that distributors provide to the health care system when serving doctors who participate in the Part B program.
"Congressman Green understands and advocates for policies that promote a safe and efficient supply chain, recognizing the importance of HDMA distributors in providing important medications to patients across the country," John Gray, president and chief executive officer of HDMA. "His continued effort to ensure the proper treatment of prompt-pay discounts in pharmaceutical reimbursement calculations used in Medicare will, if enacted, lead to more accessible, more affordable health care for Americans nationwide."
HDMA noted that the Rx Safety and Healthcare Leadership Award recognizes federal and state public officials who help improve the safety, efficiency and security of the health care and pharmaceutical supply chain as well as support "fair and accurate" reimbursement policies that ensure continuous patient access to medicines at their pharmacy, physician's office or other health care provider.
In March, the association also recognized Rep. John Shimkus (R., Ill.) with the award. The group said Shimkis is the original co-sponsor of bipartisan legislation (H.R. 905) to correct the treatment of prompt-pay discounts under the Medicare Part B ASP model.