Policy Priorities


Our Priorities


As the voice of the long-term care pharmacy community, SCPC’s policy priorities reflect the unique needs of our members and the patients they serve. LTC pharmacies play an essential role in our health care system—one that is significantly different from and often more complex than that of a typical retail pharmacy. Policy and regulations must reflect these differences.

Our advocacy efforts consider the diverse settings in which LTC pharmacies operate, including skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, hospice, and home.

SCPC’s develops its policy priorities based on the needs of LTC pharmacies around the country and the interests of the patients they serve. Our top priorities include:

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Defining long-term care pharmacies at the federal level

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Securing relief funding for LTC pharmacies in light of the COVID-19 pandemic

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Ensuring LTC pharmacies’ role in the expanding home-based services

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Regulating PBMs and protecting independent pharmacies

Federal Definition of LTC Pharmacy


Defining long-term care pharmacies at the federal level

The Problem: Current federal regulations impose conflicting and confusing obligations on LTC pharmacies. Because the federal government has not formally defined a “long-term care pharmacy,” major discrepancies exist among regulatory bodies such as the CMS, EPA and FDA when it comes to the patient care services LTC pharmacies provide.

The Solution: Congress must pass legislation to modernize regulatory oversight of LTC pharmacies and adopt a specific federal definition of “long-term care pharmacy.” A federal definition will allow LTC pharmacies to continue providing high-quality, essential care for LTC patients.

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Resources


Issue Brief

  • Federal Definition of LTC Pharmacy

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  • An Overdue Need: The Federal Definition of Long Term Care Pharmacy

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Senate Bill Text

  • S. 1574 - To codify a statutory definition for long-term care pharmacies.

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COVID-19 Relief for LTC Pharmacies


Securing relief funding for LTC pharmacies in light of the COVID-19 pandemic

The Problem: LTC pharmacies have provided LTC residents with uninterrupted access to essential medications and services throughout the pandemic but doing so has worsened their financial circumstances. While the Provider Relief Fund was established in March 2020 to allocate relief to health care providers responding to COVID-19, LTC pharmacies have not received proportional relief. A year later, most LTC pharmacies have not received any assistance.

The Solution: Assure that LTC pharmacies get the relief they deserve from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Provider Relief Fund and members of Congress support prioritization of this important provider for senior care at LTC facilities.

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Resources


Issue Brief

  • COVID-19 Relief for LTC Pharmacies

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SCPC Comment Letters

  • COVID-19 Funding Relief Comment Letters

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SCPC Statements

  • SCPC Statement on Importance of Including LTC Pharmacies in COVID Relief Funding April 7, 2021

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  • SCPC Statement on Congressional Evaluation of COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts February 1, 2021

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Long-Term Care at Home


Ensuring LTC pharmacies’ role in the expanding home-based services and support

The Problem: As our population continues to age, LTC pharmacies provide wraparound clinical and consulting medication management services that keep people who need long-term care in the places they want to be – including their own homes. Public policy and regulations have not kept up with the rise in demand for LTC pharmacies and the crucial services provided to this population.

The Solution: To ensure the best outcomes for LTC patients, SCPC supports the creation of a federal payment platform that appropriately funds LTC pharmacy services, no matter the setting, so patients with long-term care, social, and supportive needs can still live at home in their community if they choose.

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Resources


Issue Brief

  • Long-Term Care Pharmacy Services are Essential to Effective Expansion of Medicaid-Funded Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS)

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SCPC Comment Letter

  • Home and Community Based Access Act Discussion April 26, 2021

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Fair and Transparent PBM Practices


Regulating PBMs and protecting independent LTC pharmacies

Problem: PBMs engage in predatory business practices including opaque and unjustified fees for pharmacies and market consolidation across the pharmacy, distribution, insurance and healthcare provider sectors. Both practices can delay medication access, increase consumer costs, and force LTC pharmacies and other independent pharmacies to go out of business or sell to the PBM.

Solution: Congress must pass legislation that requires transparency in PBM drug pricing information and provides stronger regulations for CMS to hold PBMs accountable. Congress should also thoroughly investigate PBM business practices for violations of antitrust laws.

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Resources


Issue Brief

  • Long-Term Care Pharmacies believe patients deserve affordable, cccessible medication; Pharmacy Benefit Managers put profit over care and refuse transparency

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SCPC Comment Letters

  • PBM Comment Letters

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