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SCPC Questions Applicability of Proposed Medicare Part D “Lock-in” Provision to Long Term Care Pharmacies, Patients

In joining the American Medical Association (AMA) and others in raising practical concerns about a proposed Medicare Part D pharmacy “lock-in” provision, the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) today stressed the sharp difference between retail and independent long term care (LTC) pharmacies…Read More

CMS Call Letter: Pharmacy Network Implications

The National Law Review
As part of our continuing series on CMS’s 2016 Call Letter, we take a closer look at the provisions in the Call Letter affecting PBM and plan sponsor pharmacy networks…Read More

Impact of Value-Based Payment Models on Pharmacies

Pharmacy Times
Pharmacies can anticipate new, specific goals that tie fee-for-service Medicare payments to value-based payment models, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)….Read More

FDA Pressed on Generic Drug Labeling Rule

CQ Roll Call
A consumer advocacy group is warning the Food and Drug Administration that industry pressure to delay a generic drug labeling rule could damage patient safety….Read More

Medicare’s Drug Substitution Policy Saved $13 Million From 2013-2014, OIG Says

Bloomberg BNA
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ drug price substitution policy saved Medicare and its beneficiaries an estimated $13 million from the fourth quarter of 2013 through the third quarter of 2014….Read More

CMS Expected To Address Preferred Pharmacy Network Debate In 2016 Call Letter

Inside Health Policy
Pharmacy benefit managers say CMS should put the debate over preferred-pharmacy networks to rest in the draft 2016 Medicare Advantage and Part D Call Letter….Read More

NCPA Asks Lawmakers To Reconsider 21st Century Cures Draft Provisions

Inside Health Policy
The National Community Pharmacists Association is asking House lawmakers to reconsider or change provisions in their draft 21st Century Cures bill….Read More

Bill would improve payment transparency, pharmacy group says

Long-Term Living
The Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) has endorsed H.R. 244, also known as the MAC Transparency Act, saying that, if passed, it would improve payment transparency within the Medicare prescription drug program….Read More

Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) Endorses Bipartisan Bill to Promote Medicare Pricing Transparency, Recognition of Pharmacy Costs Associated with Nursing Home Resident Care

Saying new bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Reps Doug Collins (R-GA) and Dave Loebsack (D-IA) will advance payment transparency within the Medicare prescription drug program, the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) today endorsed H.R. 244, the MAC Transparency Act…..Read More

Use of Antipsychotic Drugs In Nursing Homes Declining, Report Says

Bloomberg BNA
Fewer long-stay nursing home residents are being treated with antipsychotic drugs, a report from a dementia care group said….Read More

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