Prescription Medication Updates That May Affect Your Medicare Set-Aside

We continually monitor pricing of the most common medications seen in Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aides (WCMSAs) in order to identify pricing changes affecting MSAs positively. The month of December brought a price drop for gabapentin 800mg tablets commonly used to treat neuropathic pain.

Below is the product confirmed to have a reduced AWP and confirmed in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) WCMSA portal.

Product name NDC Code Dosage form Strength AWP unit price reduction
Gabapentin 00904-6586-61 TAB 800 mg $2.16

Please note RED BOOK® AWP (Average wholesale price) is subject to change and this pricing is subject to an increase or decrease in the future.  

CMS will utilize the lowest AWP published by RED BOOK when reviewing a WCMSA, therefore the lower pricing of these medications will immediately impact the prescription costs for WCMSAs (both present as well as prior WCMSAs that have not settled and there is no CMS determination issued) where these drugs are prescribed.

It is our recommendation carriers, TPAs and claim handlers review cases where the above noted medication is prescribed to determine the benefit from decreased cost. We will proactively reach out to our clients in reference to previously completed WCMSA’s where this medication was prescribed and  continue to monitor future portal changes and generic equivalents introduced to the market in order to keep the industry informed.

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About Evelio Prieto, PharmD., RPh., CPh.

Evelio Prieto is a pharmacist and consultant pharmacist registered in the state of Florida. He is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy where he earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 1994. Evelio has worked as a pharmacist at Optum Settlement Solutions for four years. Prior to Optum, Evelio managed two local hospital outpatient and ambulatory infusion pharmacies (Tampa General Hospital and All Children’s Hospital John’s Hopkins Medicine). Prior to this, Evelio spent 15 years managing a Walgreens pharmacy. Throughout his career, he has worked with worker’s compensation and managed care Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) as well as Medicare Part B and D billing to ensure care for claimants in the community. Evelio served on the Florida Medicaid Drug Utilization Review Board from 2010 to 2015 and is part Optum’s Clinical Center of Excellence.

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