LTC Pharmacies Crucial for Nursing Home Vaccine Distribution, But Financial and Logistical Hurdles Loom

Skilled Nursing News  By Alex Spanko | September 23, 2020 The hopes of pretty much everyone in the country now rest on the distribution of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, and for nursing home residents and their families, the stakes are even higher: With significantly elevated risk of fatalities from the novel coronavirus among the frail read more…

Medicare drug pricing order could have ‘significant ramifications’ on LTC pharmacies in long-run: expert

McKnight’s Long-Term Care News  By Danielle Brown – September 16, 2020 Long-term care pharmacies could soon be facing “significant ramifications in the long run” following an executive order signed by President Trump on Sunday. That directive states that the Medicare program should not pay more for Part D prescription drugs than the lowest price. More read more…

America’s sickest seniors need relief

The Daily Record By William Vaughan – July 16, 2020 Spending decades in a nursing home isn’t the typical experience, but it has been mine. As a nurse, I’ve seen it all –– and from many perspectives, initially as a surveyor working for the state of Maryland, and now from a nursing home pharmacy where read more…

Long-term care pharmacy leaders call for COVID-19 relief from Congress

McKnight’s Senior Living Kimberly Bonvissuto– July 14, 2020 Leaders from 12 of the nation’s largest long-term care pharmacies sent a letter to leaders in Congress on Friday asking for $350 million in financial relief to meet challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition, which represents 75% of the long-term care pharmacy read more…

Column: Senior citizens rely on long-term-care pharmacies

The Columbus Dispatch By Lance Miller – July 10, 2020 Despite a recent slowdown in virus transmission and deaths, the COVID-19 pandemic is still far from over. That is troublesome news for the 1.3 million Americans living in nursing homes, which have borne the brunt of this national health emergency. Since the crisis began, more read more…

Foresight and flexibility the keys to COVID-19 survival, top exec says

McKnight’s Long-Term Care News | May 4, 2020 By James M. Berklan As long-term care providers continue to struggle with the deadly implications of COVID-19, hesitation could be their biggest threat, says one of the profession’s top leaders. With clinical, regulatory and financial conditions shifting almost day-to-day, providers must be confident enough to devise a well-educated read more…

SCPC Responds to CMS Proposed Part D Rule

Prioritize Independent Metrics for Prescription Drug Plans (PDPs) to Determine Long-Term Care (LTC) Pharmacy Payments and Appropriate Implementation of Opioid Crisis Response Washington, DC – Commenting today on a recently-released Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Proposed Rule regarding regulatory changes to key Medicare Part D provisions, the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) offered read more…

SCPC Praises CMS Guidance Relaxing Face to Face Signature Requirement for LTC Pharmacy Medication Delivery to Nursing Homes

National Long-Term Care Pharmacy Advocacy Group Reports Compliance by CVS Caremark, Optum, ExpressScripts Washington, DC –The Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) today thanked the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for its March 19 guidance to prescription drug plans and pharmacy benefit managers (PDPs/PBMs) urging relaxation of face to face signature requirements for long-term read more…

Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) to CMS: Development of Long Term Care (LTC)-Specific Quality Metrics Essential to Accurate Star Ratings Assessment of LTC Patient Care

Washington, DC – Commenting in detail regarding the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) recently Proposed Rule (“Advance Notice of Methodological Changes for Calendar Year (CY) 2021 for Medicare Advantage (MA) Capitation Rates and Part C and Part D Payment Policies – Part II”), the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) says developing long-term care read more…

SCPC Member Alert: Recent FDA Requirements on Dispensing Create Conflict with Department of Justice Fraud Concerns and Payer Practices

As you may know, many Part D Plans/PBMs and other government payers (Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE) recently began seeking audit recoupments from pharmacies that do not dispense insulin pens in multi-dose packaging as provided by manufacturers.  SCPC understands that this payment policy change is causing confusion in the marketplace and could be disruptive to effective read more…

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