U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Manufacturer Technical and Invoice Contacts on 04/26/2021

Dear Manufacturer Technical and Invoice Contacts,

Section 9008 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) established the Branded Prescription Drug Fee (BPD) Program, in which Medicaid and the other specified government drug programs (Medicare Part B, Medicare Part D, TRICARE, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the Department of Defense (DOD)), are required to report annual drug sales information to the Department of Treasury.  In order for Medicaid to accurately calculate the Medicaid sales dollars, it is imperative that the product data (e.g., Average Manufacturer Price (AMP), Unit Rebate Amount (URA)), and state drug utilization data (SDUD) reported to Drug Data Reporting for Medicaid system (DDR) be correct and up-to-date. 

Manufacturers are encouraged to routinely monitor product and SDUD data in DDR to ensure that SDUD reported to CMS are accurate as compared to the state rebate invoices received by manufacturers.  Since the CMS SDUD File is being used, in part, to determine the BPD fee, if the data are understated or overstated, then the fee could also be understated or overstated.  Additionally, states are also required to update utilization based on agreed-upon rebate dispute resolutions and adjustments.  If a manufacturer has reached agreement on an adjustment and/or dispute with a state and that agreement isn’t reflected in DDR by the due date of the next quarterly data transmission from the state, the manufacturer may contact the state to confirm that the adjusted data has been reported to CMS.

The next annual fee calculation will use the data submitted by states for all quarters in 2020.  If there are differences between quarterly rebate invoices and the state-reported utilization data in DDR for the same quarter in 2020, we request that a manufacturer contact the appropriate state’s Technical Contact (copying CMS at MedicaidBPD@cms.hhs.gov) regarding the difference.  A list of state Technical Contacts can be found at https://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/prescription-drugs/medicaid-drug-rebate-program/index.html.  If a discrepancy is found, states can resubmit utilization data with corrected units to CMS.

Note: We have sent this information to the Manufacturers’ Technical and Invoice Contacts for the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program (MDRP).  If you are not your company’s contact for the branded prescription drug fee (BPD) program, please forward to your company’s BPD contact, and be aware that he/she may need your assistance using/interpreting the rebate data being used for the annual sales fee to more effectively evaluate whether disputes are warranted, and how to present the data in such instances.

Thank you for your cooperation with this effort.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via this email resource box, MedicaidBPD@cms.hhs.gov.


CMS Medicaid BPD Team



Collections: BPD