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Updated Instructions Released For June 1 RxDC Reporting

The No Surprises Act, as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA), requires employer-sponsored health plans to comply with annual prescription drug data collection (RxDC) reporting to provide transparency in prescription drug and health care spending. Data is reported to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the Department of the Treasury (Treasury), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to monitor spending trends and facilitate regulatory control measures.

The reporting deadline for the 2023 reference year data is June 1, 2024. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued revised instructions and templates for RxDC reporting. The instructions are mostly consistent with prior years; however, one significant change is the new enforcement of the “aggregation restriction” beginning with the 2023 reference year. The restrictions will limit the ability of plan sponsors to have their vendors report certain data on their behalf.

Additional changes in the instructions for the 2023 reference year reporting include prescription exclusions and simplified calculations.

Failure to comply with RxDC reporting requirements may result in penalties under Internal Revenue Code Section 4980D of $100 per day.

  • Ensure timely completion of the RxDC reporting for calendar year 2023 by June 1, 2024.
  • Confirm filing status with insurance carriers for fully insured plans or follow up with third party administrators (TPAs), pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), or administrative services only providers (ASOs) for self-insured plans.
  • Provide necessary information requested by relevant parties for reporting.
  • Determine whether data should be reported on a plan level or aggregated basis.
  • Consider requesting pharmacy data reporting on a plan level basis to access detailed pharmacy benefit spend information.