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America’s Long-Term Care Pharmacies Take Action Against COVID-19

 

 

SCPC is providing real-time status reports and information regarding LTCP-specific regulatory, legislative and news developments to help our membership navigate important and pressing issues as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold at a rapid pace.

Our members serve more than 850,000 people every day in the nation’s nursing homes and other LTC facilities. Seniors living in congregate settings of this nature are among those most vulnerable to COVID-19. LTC pharmacies are working overtime to protect patients while maintaining continuity and access to critical, life-saving pharmacy services.

SCPC has created a simple and easy way for you to contact your representatives. By visiting this link and updating the letter with your information, you can quickly and easily request Congressional action to support relief funding for all LTC pharmacies.
CLICK HERE TO SEND A LETTER TO CONGRESS TODAY!

Here are the latest developments from SCPC as we help our members fulfill their commitment to serve patients, protect staff and fight back against this deadly virus.

 Latest News & Press Releases

SCPC’s latest advocacy effort, including updated messaging to Congress and HHS.

Overview of HHS announcement of possible financial relief for LTC pharmacies.

The latest SCPC is hearing from HHS on emergency financial relief.

An update on SCPC’s expanded grassroots efforts.

SCPC praised a National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar urging “expeditious distribution of Congressionally appropriated funds to critical Medicaid providers.”

SCPC follow-up call to action linking to advocacy efforts to directly contact HHS in support of allocating CARES relief funds to LTC pharmacies.

SCPC issued a letter to Health and Human Service (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar seeking emergency relief funding.

SCPC call to action for members to support advocacy efforts supporting ask to Congress to include LTC pharmacies in CARES relief funds.

LTC pharmacies are eligible for emergency CARES Act relief from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), but SCPC is concerned HHS may not provide full relief if it fails to appreciate the complex contractor relationships LTC pharmacies have with nursing homes and prescription drug plans under Medicare.

SCPC stressed the urgency of ensuring LTC pharmacies receive federal relief funds from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to ensure uninterrupted patient access to medications for vulnerable seniors in LTC settings.

SCPC update on additional distributions from CARES Act emergency fund distribution.

SCPC applauds new CMS Part D Plan (PDP) guidance on “prior authorization” and “short-cycle dispensing” as a win for nursing home patients, front-line long-term care (LTC) pharmacies who serve them.

SCPC membership update on revised CMS guidance to Part D Plans that the agency is relaxing requirements concerning prior authorization and short-cycle PDP consistent with SCPC’s requests for Part D administrative relief.

SCPC calls on Congress and Administration to act in response to COVID-related economic distress that threatens front-line nursing home pharmacies and the vulnerable seniors under their care.

SCPC recently joined with the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) to raise with CMS Part D administrative concerns specific to LTC pharmacies in response to COVID-19

Update to SCPC membership on Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, CMS waivers, employee assistance and other relief measures.

Our response to CMS March 19 guidance to prescription drug plans and pharmacy benefit managers (PDPs/PBMs) urging relaxation of face to face signature requirements for long-term care (LTC) pharmacy delivery of medication to nursing homes.

SCPC request that the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) issue a recommendation and guidance urging state Boards of Pharmacy to permit interstate practice of pharmacy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  While some state boards have acted to relax restrictions in the best interest of patients, various state boards have informed SCPC members that they are awaiting guidance from NABP on this important issue.

A follow-up request for information concerning the timing of any expected responses to SCPC concerns while the situation across the health care delivery system worsens daily, but both nursing homes and LTC pharmacies are in an especially deepening crisis.

Update to SCPC membership on a request to CMS, practice of pharmacy across state lines and availability and access to chloroquine & hydroxychloroquine.

Update to SCPC membership on Part D guidance on signature requirement for drug delivery or dispensing.

Update to SCPC membership on requested relief from PDP/PBM administrative requirements, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and additional crisis response legislation.

Letter to CMS outlining problems with various PDP administrative requirements that present greater than necessary risk of exposure to COVID-19 for nursing home patients and staff,  and pharmacy staff.

Update to SCPC membership on H.R. 6201 as amended March 16, including the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and SCPC engagement and next steps.

Update to SCPC membership with current information concerning LTC facilities/nursing homes and SCPC member areas of concern.

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