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SCPC Seeks Specific Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccine Access for Patient-Facing Long-Term Care Pharmacy Staff

By Overlooking Necessary Health Care Personnel Who Provide Essential Services in Long Term Care Facilities, Public-Health Decision Makers Put Patients at Greater Risk Washington, DC – The Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) issued letters to federal and state officials yesterday seeking specific guidance on COVID-19 vaccine access for patient-facing long-term care (LTC) pharmacy health care read more…

‘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…

SCPC Disappointed That HHS Again Ignores Needed Relief Request from Long-Term Care Pharmacies

Latest Distribution Fails to Aid Industry Facing Significant Financial Hardship While Caring for Most Vulnerable Patients Washington, DC – The Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) today expressed disappointment that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) once again ignored long-term care (LTC) pharmacies in releasing Phase 3 COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund (PRF) dollars to read more…

SCPC Applauds Supreme Court Ruling in Favor of State Regulation of Pharmacy Benefit Managers

Rutledge v. PCMA is an Important Step Toward Limiting PBM Oligopolistic Business Practices Washington, DC – The Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) today praised the recent Supreme Court decision, Rutledge v. Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, which upheld an Arkansas law that regulates pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) to protect long-term care (LTC) and other independent pharmacies read more…

HHS Fails to Address Pandemic Relief for Long-Term Care Pharmacies

SCPC Warns Support is Needed to Maintain Patient Care while LTC Facilities Manage Latest COVID Spike and LTC Pharmacies Prepare for Vaccine Distribution  Washington, DC – The Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) today expressed disappointment that, despite months of discussions, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has failed to assure reasonable pandemic relief 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…

SCPC Stresses Importance of Utilizing Existing LTC Pharmacies to Ensure Quick and Efficient Vaccine Delivery to LTC Patients and Health Care Workers

Organization Praises Elements of Operation Warp Speed COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Strategy, Notes Adequate Resources, Use of Existing LTC Pharmacy Infrastructure Keys to Success Washington, DC –  The Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) today praised the rollout of the President’s Operation Warp Speed vaccine distribution plan while stressing the importance of using the existing long-term care read more…

Medicare drug pricing order could have ‘significant ramifications’ on LTC pharmacies in long-run: expert

McKnight’s Long-Term Care News  By Danielle Brown – September 16, 2020 Long-term care pharmacies could soon be facing “significant ramifications in the long run” following an executive order signed by President Trump on Sunday. That directive states that the Medicare program should not pay more for Part D prescription drugs than the lowest price. More read more…

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