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.

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


Ask that SCPC members once again contact Members of Congress and HHS Secretary Azar to press for fair relief for LTC pharmacies.

Review of the administration announcement partnering with CVS and Walgreens to distribute and administer COVID-19 vaccines to staff and residents in LTC facilities.

HHS announces the next allocation of provider relief funds, General Distribution Phase 3

Significant policy developments, both COVID-19 related and beyond, have occurred since Labor Day.

Recent developments in our efforts to secure fair and appropriate COVID-19 relief for LTC pharmacies as the HHS Phase II deadline passes.

Update on revised FAQs from HHS on prescription sales, Operation Warp Speed and renewed grassroots advocacy.

Latest update on provider relief fund prescription sales frequently asked questions.

Details on the extended application deadline for relief from General Distribution (Phase 2). The new deadline is September 13, 2020.

Update on SCPC outreach to the Administration and a reminder of the application deadline for the Provider Relief Fund.

Due to sustained grassroots outreach we have made significant progress, but once again SCPC members are asked to participate in a renewed call to action.

Update on two important HHS announcements concerning the Provider Relief Fund.

Our recent media hits advocating for financial relief for long-term care pharmacies grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic.

HHS announces extending application deadline for Medicaid targeted distribution

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

Letter to Congress requests immediate action to provide relief for LTC pharmacies serving LTC facilities

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

SCPC’s latest advocacy effort, including a letter to HHS Secretary Azar.

New data shows economic conditions continue to worsen for LTC pharmacies and funding is needed to support continued care for vulnerable people in nursing homes

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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