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Citing Threat to Seniors’ Nursing Home Care and Pandemic-Generated Economic Crisis, SCPC Letter to HHS Sec Azar Seeks LTC Pharmacy Relief Funding

America’s Key Front-Line Nursing Home Pharmacies Eligible for, Warrant HHS-Administered Aid Washington, DC – Noting front-line nursing home pharmacies provide essential medication and clinical services to the nation’s most vulnerable seniors, the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) issued a letter to Health and Human Service (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar seeking emergency relief funding to prevent read more…

CARES Act Funds Required for Economically Stressed Front-Line Nursing Home Pharmacists

SCPC: HHS Urged to Allocate Funds Necessary to Sustain Seniors’ Essential Prescription Medication Needs Washington, DC – Warning that key nursing home pharmacies providing essential medications and clinical management expertise to seniors in nursing homes risk widespread business failure if worsening economic circumstances continue, the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) today said the nation’s long-term read more…

Front-Line Nursing Home Pharmacies, Seniors Under Their Specialized Care Warrant CARES Act Emergency Funding

Economic Stress Taking Toll on Pharmacists Responsible for Life-Saving Medication Management Washington, DC – As economic stress mounts on front-line nursing home pharmacies and pharmacists, the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) today stressed the urgency of ensuring long-term care (LTC) pharmacies receive federal relief funds from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Relief read more…

SCPC Applauds New CMS Part D Plan Guidance as Win for Nursing Home Patients, Front-Line Long-Term Care (LTC) Pharmacies Who Serve Them

New Guidance on “Prior Authorization” and “Short Cycle Dispensing” Cited Washington, DC – Calling newly-revised Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) guidance to Medicare Part D Plans (PDP) a victory for vulnerable seniors in nursing homes and the front-line long-term care (LTC) pharmacies who serve them, the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) today applauded read more…

COVID-Related Economic Distress Threatens Front-Line Nursing Home Pharmacies, Vulnerable Seniors Under Their Care

COVID-Related Economic Distress Threatens Front-Line Nursing Home Pharmacies, Vulnerable Seniors Under Their Care Economic, Regulatory Challenges Jeopardize Ongoing Viability of LTC Pharmacy Sector; Now Surveying Membership Crises, SCPC Calls on Congress and Administration to Act Washington, DC – Warning that seniors in nursing homes face undue risk of losing uninterrupted access to life-saving medications and read more…

SCPC Responds to CMS Proposed Part D Rule

Prioritize Independent Metrics for Prescription Drug Plans (PDPs) to Determine Long-Term Care (LTC) Pharmacy Payments and Appropriate Implementation of Opioid Crisis Response Washington, DC – Commenting today on a recently-released Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Proposed Rule regarding regulatory changes to key Medicare Part D provisions, the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) offered read more…

SCPC Praises CMS Guidance Relaxing Face to Face Signature Requirement for LTC Pharmacy Medication Delivery to Nursing Homes

National Long-Term Care Pharmacy Advocacy Group Reports Compliance by CVS Caremark, Optum, ExpressScripts Washington, DC –The Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) today thanked the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for its March 19 guidance to prescription drug plans and pharmacy benefit managers (PDPs/PBMs) urging relaxation of face to face signature requirements for long-term read more…

Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) to CMS: Development of Long Term Care (LTC)-Specific Quality Metrics Essential to Accurate Star Ratings Assessment of LTC Patient Care

Washington, DC – Commenting in detail regarding the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) recently Proposed Rule (“Advance Notice of Methodological Changes for Calendar Year (CY) 2021 for Medicare Advantage (MA) Capitation Rates and Part C and Part D Payment Policies – Part II”), the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) says developing long-term care read more…

SCPC Member Alert: Recent FDA Requirements on Dispensing Create Conflict with Department of Justice Fraud Concerns and Payer Practices

As you may know, many Part D Plans/PBMs and other government payers (Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE) recently began seeking audit recoupments from pharmacies that do not dispense insulin pens in multi-dose packaging as provided by manufacturers.  SCPC understands that this payment policy change is causing confusion in the marketplace and could be disruptive to effective read more…

Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) Suggests Two PBM Transparency Refinements to Senate Finance Committee Drug Pricing Bill

Washington, DC – In previously noting that capping Medicare beneficiaries’ out-of-pocket costs as low as possible is a primary long-term care (LTC) pharmacy advocacy priority as Congress debates drug pricing reform legislation, the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) also recommended two pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) transparency provisions be included in the pending Prescription Drug Pricing read more…

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