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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…

SCPC Calls for Expanded Provider Relief Following HHS Announcement

Private-Pay Assisted Living Facilities May Now Apply for CARES Funding, but Essential “Behind the Scenes” Long-Term Care Pharmacies Are Still Left in Limbo Washington, DC –  The Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) is encouraged by the recent announcement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that private-pay-only assisted living facilities (ALFs) qualify read more…

SCPC Applauds Introduction of Legislation Establishing Federal Definition of Long-Term Care Pharmacy

The Long-Term Care Pharmacy Definition Act of 2020 Introduced to Establish a Clear Statutory Definition and Alleviate Current Regulatory Chaos and Jurisdictional Confusion Washington, DC – The Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) today applauded the introduction of The Long-Term Care Pharmacy Definition Act of 2020, which was introduced by U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) and read more…

America’s sickest seniors need relief

The Daily Record By William Vaughan – July 16, 2020 Spending decades in a nursing home isn’t the typical experience, but it has been mine. As a nurse, I’ve seen it all –– and from many perspectives, initially as a surveyor working for the state of Maryland, and now from a nursing home pharmacy where read more…

Long-term care pharmacy leaders call for COVID-19 relief from Congress

McKnight’s Senior Living Kimberly Bonvissuto– July 14, 2020 Leaders from 12 of the nation’s largest long-term care pharmacies sent a letter to leaders in Congress on Friday asking for $350 million in financial relief to meet challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition, which represents 75% of the long-term care pharmacy read more…

Long-Term Care Pharmacy Leaders Request Urgent COVID-19 Relief from Congressional Leaders

Letter to Congress Requests Immediate Action to Provide Relief for LTC Pharmacies Serving Most Vulnerable Patients in Nursing Homes, Other LTC Facilities Washington, DC – Leaders from 12 of the largest long-term care (LTC) pharmacies in the country, representing more than 25% of the LTC pharmacy sector, have sent a letter to Congressional leadership requesting read more…

Column: Senior citizens rely on long-term-care pharmacies

The Columbus Dispatch By Lance Miller – July 10, 2020 Despite a recent slowdown in virus transmission and deaths, the COVID-19 pandemic is still far from over. That is troublesome news for the 1.3 million Americans living in nursing homes, which have borne the brunt of this national health emergency. Since the crisis began, more read more…

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