Archive for June, 2013

Pressure Mounting on CMS to Delay Ban on Home Delivery of DTS

By Michael Rule, Manager of Public Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy

With the July 1 implementation of the national mail order (NMO) program rapidly approaching, Representative Mike McIntyre (D-NC) became the 44th member of the House of Representatives to raise concerns with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). If implemented, the NMO would ban independent pharmacists from providing home delivery of diabetes testing supplies (DTS) to Medicare Part B beneficiaries.

Continue reading ‘Pressure Mounting on CMS to Delay Ban on Home Delivery of DTS’

NCPA Weighs in on AMA’s Pharmacist Resolution

By Kevin Schweers

The American Medical Association’s (AMA) consideration and adoption of Resolution 218 has generated an understandable backlash from many pharmacists. Possibly inspired by a provision of Walgreen’s $80 million settlement with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) regarding controlled substances, resolution 218 essentially discourages pharmacists from contacting physicians with questions in response to a prescription which raises suspicion or in line pharmacists’ professional responsibilities.

Continue reading ‘NCPA Weighs in on AMA’s Pharmacist Resolution’

Patient Reviews Suggest Mail Order Doesn’t Deliver

By Michael Rule, Manager of Public Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy

For many consumers, the promise of mail order saving is a part of why they select this method of delivery. Internet and television advertisements tell them that if they order a product online or over the phone they can save on out-of-pocket costs and enjoy the added convenience of having the product delivered directly to their home. However, with pharmaceuticals, errors in shipment or delays in delivery can have serious consequences on a patient’s health.

Continue reading ‘Patient Reviews Suggest Mail Order Doesn’t Deliver’

NCPA Community Pharmacist Spotlight Continues to Highlight Positive Patient Outcomes

By Michael Rule, Manager of Public Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy

Last January, NCPA launched a feature on our website entitled the Community Pharmacist Spotlight. Since its inception, a different NCPA member has been featured discussing the important role independent community pharmacists play in the health care system.

Continue reading ‘NCPA Community Pharmacist Spotlight Continues to Highlight Positive Patient Outcomes’

Community Pharmacist Briefs Capitol Hill on Medication Therapy Management, Pharmacist Provider Status

By Kevin Schweers

Atlanta-area independent community pharmacist Jonathan Marquess, PharmD, CDE, CPT briefed Congressional staffers June 6 regarding how medication therapy management (MTM) and other pharmacist services can help patients achieve better outcomes while reducing overall health care costs.

Continue reading ‘Community Pharmacist Briefs Capitol Hill on Medication Therapy Management, Pharmacist Provider Status’

Patient Testimonials Speak Volumes for Independent Community Pharmacies

By Michael Rule, Manager of Public Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy

Independent pharmacists know firsthand how patients feel about their service as receiving a heartfelt thank you from a patron is a typical daily occurrence. Whether it’s taking steps to avoid adverse medication interactions, working with their doctor to switch their prescription to an appropriate lower cost generic alternative, counseling them on the proper use of their medications, or even providing free same day home delivery to a patient, those services are appreciated.

Continue reading ‘Patient Testimonials Speak Volumes for Independent Community Pharmacies’

19th U.S. Senator Questions Medicare Part D Preferred Pharmacy Plans

By Kevin Schweers

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) recently became the 19th United States Senator to go on record expressing concerns over the impact of Medicare “preferred pharmacy” drug plans on Medicare, taxpayers, seniors and small-business community pharmacies.

Continue reading ’19th U.S. Senator Questions Medicare Part D Preferred Pharmacy Plans’


Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Search by Categories


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 458 other followers