Key players in Medicare Part D

Privatization of Medicare Part D has led to the emergence of manyplayers, both large and small. Navigating CMS regulations andsubsequent guidance has resulted in some administrative burdens, aswell as the inability to employ many managed care techniques, sayexperts.

As a result, "you are going to see consolidation of Medicare Part D providers and only those providers that can successfully administer these plans will have substantial competitive advantage and will remain long-term players," says Alexander M. Gilderman, PharmD, vice president, clinical programs at Ventegra, a La Jolla, Calif.-based contracting service organization.