Archive for February, 2013

Medicare: “Concerned” About Egregious Pharmacy Audits; Preferred Pharmacy Plan Costs

By Kevin Schweers

Medicare officials are not just alarmed over mail order auto-shipping waste. They’re also concerned about overreaching pharmacy audits and preferred pharmacy plans that are potentially more expensive, not less. NCPA is urging community pharmacists to weigh in before 6 p.m., March 1 to let the feds know they’re on the right track. Continue reading ‘Medicare: “Concerned” About Egregious Pharmacy Audits; Preferred Pharmacy Plan Costs’

Liberty Medical’s Troubles Recall Rampant Mail Order Waste

By B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA

Liberty Medical Supply, Inc., made iconic (or infamous depending on your perspective) by pitchman Wilford Brimley and allegedly one of the biggest purveyors of mail order waste, has fallen on hard financial times, recently filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. While the company’s future may be uncertain, mail order waste is alive and well. Continue reading ‘Liberty Medical’s Troubles Recall Rampant Mail Order Waste’

Medicare: Growing Concerns about Mail Order Pharmacy Waste

By Kevin Schweers

Federal Medicare officials are preparing new policies for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans in 2014. In doing so, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) may partially address several problems raised by independent community pharmacists and the patients they serve.

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For 2013 Priorities, Pharmacist Engagement Essential for Success

By Michael Rule, Manager of Public Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy

In the days following President Obama’s second inaugural, NCPA ran ads calling on Congress and the White House to pass legislation important to independent community pharmacy. Specifically, NCPA asked Congress to pass legislation to enact common sense PBM reforms, protect patient pharmacy choice and patient access to traditional compounding pharmacies and to allow community pharmacies to provide certain healthcare services.

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