‘Out in the Cold’: LTC Pharmacies Ask to be Matched with Vaccination Sites, Relief Funds

McKnight’s Long-Term Care News By Alicia Lasek   As their businesses groan under the weight of COVID-19-related expenses, long-term care pharmacists are pressing federal officials for relief funds and asking for a bigger role in coronavirus vaccinations. Many independent pharmacies were stuck in limbo last week, watching as the first wave of Pfizer vaccine doses read more…

Long-Term-Care Pharmacies Seek COVID-19 Vaccine Role, Govt. Relief

Inside Health Policy By John Wilkerson The Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition is urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to consider matching nursing homes to pharmacies they have a relationship with for coronavirus vaccinations, instead of matching nearly everyone with Walgreens and CVS.  Long-term-care pharmacies also are requesting the government give them money read more…

CMS to Relax Medicare Billing Rules to Speed COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution in Nursing Homes

Skilled Nursing News By Alex Spanko | October 16, 2020 The federal government on Friday announced its intention to relax restrictions around billing Medicare for immunization in nursing homes, with the stated goal of speeding the eventual distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine. Skilled nursing facilities are typically required to bill Medicare directly for immunizations under read more…

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…

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…

To Protect Seniors, Modernize Regulations by Passing LTC Pharmacy Definition

Morning Consult | February 28, 2020 By Alan G. Rosenbloom  When it comes to the “alphabet soup” of three- and four-letter federal agencies, one’s eyes can glaze over in confusion about what they do, why they do it and how average citizens benefit from their federally funded oversight. In the realm of health policy and our read more…

To boost transparency, amend bills to require PBM disclosure data related to seniors residing in long-term care facilities

McKnight’s Long–Term Care News – February 10, 2020 By Alan G. Rosenbloom To better ensure consumers and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have access to drug pricing information relevant to seniors residing in long term care facilities, we believe the Senate Finance Committee-introduced Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act (PDPRA) and the Lower read more…

New advocacy tool offers lawmaker education about long-term care pharmacy clinical value, benefits

McKnight’s Long-Term Care News– January 13, 2020 By Fred Burke As every practitioner and advocate within our broader long-term care space knows, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to break through the noise when it comes to engaging with and educating policymakers about the intrinsic value the long-term care community provides. Given the health challenges America faces, read more…

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