The CMS said it added two drugs to a Medicare demonstration project to pay for drugs and biologicals that can be taken at home by the patient but currently are covered only if administered in a doctor's office. With the addition of the two drugs -- one for bone disease, the other for chemotherapy side effects -- the Medicare project will pay for 22 drugs and biologicals. Up to 50,000 people may be enrolled in the program. Total spending on covered drugs cannot exceed $500 million. Separately, HHS last week approved a Medicaid waiver under which California will receive $1.7 billion over five years to help elderly and disabled residents continue home-based care. California's In-Home Supportive Services program was likely to fall victim to the state budget battle but was rescued by the Medicaid waiver. -- by Jeff Tieman
CMS expands demonstration, OKs Calif. waiver
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