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…

To Help Patients, Reform The Drug Pricing System Don’t Impose Price Controls

Forbes- December 13, 2019 By: Wayne Winegarden Yesterday the House passed the ill-considered “Pelosi bill” that would impose draconian price controls on drugs. Ignoring the bill’s many adverse impacts, price control advocates like Speaker Pelosi appear to believe that these command and control schemes can solve the systemic health care affordability problem. But, as the read more…

Why Millions of Senior Citizens Can’t Get the Drugs They Need

Bloomberg Government  By John Tozzi – September 19, 2019 Senior citizens who try to fill prescriptions have them rejected at the pharmacy counter millions of times each year because their doctors either don’t, or are unable to, check whether a patient’s Medicare plan covers a particular drug. That’s the upshot of a new report from a federal watchdog that read more…

As CMS Mitigates Medicaid ‘Spread Pricing’ Abuse, Time to Address Medicare Abuses

Morning Consult
Under the leadership of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma, the Trump administration recently released key guidance mitigating pharmacy benefit managers’ abusive “spread pricing” practices in state Medicaid-managed care programs…Read More.

Protect LTC from unintended consequences of drug pricing reform

McKnight’s LTC News
As Congress and the Trump Administration advance sweeping prescription drug price reforms, it is essential to recognize independent long-term care pharmacies…Read More.

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