News & Updates

CMS Bans Prorated Pharmacy Dispensing Fees In Final Rule On Part D, MA

Inside Health Policy
In a win for pharmacies that service nursing home residents, CMS prohibited prorated dispensing fees in a final rule on Medicare Advantage and drug plans issued late Friday (Feb. 6)….Read More

President’s Budget Tracks With House Push For Pharmacy Lock-In Policies

Inside Health Policy
Falling in line with the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s 21st Century Cures draft, President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget for the first time includes a proposal to lock Medicare beneficiaries at a high risk of substance abuse into certain pharmacies or prescribers to cut down on drug abuse….Read More

Bill targets Medicare payments for rural pharmacies

Public Opinion
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., is co-sponsoring a bill to encourage pharmacists to serve older Americans and people with disabilities in communities lacking easy access….Read More

House Bill Recognizes Pharmacists As Providers In Underserved Areas

Inside Health Policy
Pharmacists are pleased Reps. Brett Guthrie (R-KY), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Todd Young (R-IN) and Ron Kind (D-WI) reintroduced a bill Wednesday to recognize pharmacists as providers under Part B that can be reimbursed for certain services in medically underserved areas….Read More

Battle Over Medicare Part D Rebates Begins Ahead of Obama Budget

WSJ Pharmalot
Nearly 400 organizations, including a coalition whose members include the pharmaceutical industry and insurers, have written an open letter to the U.S. House of Representatives to warn against forcing drug makers to give Medicare rebates to low-income beneficiaries….Read More

Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition Launches

LTC Pharmacy News
The newly-formed Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition, comprised of several independent LTC pharmacies, has officially launched….Read More

New Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition: Stop Use of Prorated or Daily Dispensing Fees

Roll Call
Every day, seniors and rehab patients in skilled nursing centers and assisted living facilities across America benefit from the specialized guidance and clinical oversight that only long-term care (LTC) pharmacies, and the consulting pharmacists they employ, can provide….Read More

Strength in unity is pharmacies’ motto, and hope

Growing up, we had a saying when we wanted to cross a busy street but couldn’t catch a break from drivers….Read More

National Governors Association: States can better integrate pharmacists into health care system
Ringing in the new year with more good news for pharmacist provider status efforts, the National Governors Association (NGA) yesterday released a paper, “The Expanding Role of Pharmacists in a Transformed Health Care System,”on how states can integrate pharmacists more fully into the health care system….Read More

Health Mart: New National Ad Campaign Aimed at Medicare Part D Beneficiaries

Insurance News Net
With the New Year, many Medicare Part D patients may notice changes in their co-pays and look to switch pharmacies….Read More

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