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Medicare and Medicaid

WithSusan C. Winckler

Through the Medicare and Medicaid programs, state and federal governments pay for nearly 33 percent of the nation’s health expenditures.1 Established through the Social Security Act, Medicare and Medicaid programs have a substantial impact on healthcare, including pharmacy practice. Beyond the direct effect on their beneficiaries and participating providers, third-party payors often follow Medicare coverage guidelines.