E&C Adds Beneficiary Appeals To Lock-In Pharmacy Measure In Cures Bill

Inside Health Policy
House Energy & Commerce members added a beneficiary-appeals measure to a provision in 21st Century Cures draft legislation that would let plans limit which pharmacies may dispense drugs prone to abuse, such as pain medicine; but seniors’ advocates and independent pharmacies say the committee didn’t significantly amend the pharmacy-network provision and the language could make it difficult for beneficiaries to obtain medicine they desperately need…Read More

Pharmacy group says ‘lock-in’ provision is problematic

Long-Term Living
Seniors’ access to medications in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and other long-term care (LTC) facilities could be restricted inadvertently under a Medicare Part D “lock-in” provision contained in a bill under consideration, the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) has told the U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee Health Subcommittee…Read More

Proposed Medicare Part D “Lock-in” Provision Problematic For Long Term Care Pharmacies, Patients

In a statement submitted for the record for today’s House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing on pending “21st Century Cures” legislation, the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) said a proposed Medicare Part D “lock-in” provision contained in the new draft bill could inadvertently restrict seniors’ access to needed medications in skilled nursing facilities and other long term care facilities…Read More

New Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition Website Details LTC Pharmacy Policy Agenda

Pharmacy Times
In announcing the new Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) website is now live (www.seniorcarepharmacies.org), SCPC’s President and CEO said that among the group’s most significant objectives is to help educate lawmakers, regulators, staff and the health care policy community about the value of independent LTC pharmacies to seniors’ care, and the significant differences between the retail and long term care pharmacy sectors…Read More

Pharmacy group launches website

Long-Term Living
The Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC), launched in January, has announced its new website…..Read More

New Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) Website Details LTC Pharmacy Policy Agenda

In announcing the new Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) website is now live, SCPC’s President and CEO said that among the group’s most significant objectives is to help educate lawmakers, regulators, staff and the health care policy community about the value of independent LTC pharmacies to seniors’ care, and the significant differences between the retail and long term care pharmacy sectors…Read More

SCPC Questions Applicability of Proposed Medicare Part D “Lock-in” Provision to Long Term Care Pharmacies, Patients

In joining the American Medical Association (AMA) and others in raising practical concerns about a proposed Medicare Part D pharmacy “lock-in” provision, the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) today stressed the sharp difference between retail and independent long term care (LTC) pharmacies…Read More

CMS Call Letter: Pharmacy Network Implications

The National Law Review
As part of our continuing series on CMS’s 2016 Call Letter, we take a closer look at the provisions in the Call Letter affecting PBM and plan sponsor pharmacy networks…Read More

Impact of Value-Based Payment Models on Pharmacies

Pharmacy Times
Pharmacies can anticipate new, specific goals that tie fee-for-service Medicare payments to value-based payment models, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)….Read More

FDA Pressed on Generic Drug Labeling Rule

CQ Roll Call
A consumer advocacy group is warning the Food and Drug Administration that industry pressure to delay a generic drug labeling rule could damage patient safety….Read More

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