|[December 13, 2012]
Pharmacy Patients Likely to Suffer from Ninth Circuit Ruling on Provider Reimbursement Cuts, According to the California Pharmacists Association
SACRAMENTO, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today reversed the Court's earlier
decision in CMA et al. vs Douglas, which had approved injunctions
against reimbursement cuts to providers in California's Medicaid
(Medi-Cal) program. Earlier this year, this court blocked California
from implementing 10 percent cuts.
"The decision by the Ninth District today is devastating news for
Medi-Cal patients who rely on providers for access to life-saving
medications as well as medical, dental, medical equipment and specialty
healthcare services," stated Jon R. Roth, CAE, Chief Executive Officer
of the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA). "If enacte, Medi-Cal
patients will find themselves without a provider because these cuts will
drive practitioners out of the system. At a time when the State is
moving ahead with transitioning 900,000 children from Healthy Families
into Medi-Cal, and enrolling 5-7 million adults into Medi-Cal under the
Affordable Care Act, these cuts are completely contrary to good public
CPhA will continue to work with the coalition of other health care
providers to assess their options moving forward.
"For a State that continually talks about wanting to be the healthiest
in the Nation, decisions to enact cuts like these are nothing less than
shocking," added Jon R. Roth.
The California Pharmacists Association, along with the National
Association of Chain Drug Stores, California Association of Medical
Product Suppliers, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, California Medical
Association, California Dental Association, and American Medical
Response are all plaintiffs in the case.
The California Pharmacists Association represents pharmacy
professionals from all practice settings whose mission is to promote,
expand and defend the profession of pharmacy and the role of pharmacists
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