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Payers Call for Greater PBM Transparency

By Michael Rule

For years, NCPA has been at the forefront in calling for greater transparency in the operations of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), from highlighting difficulties plan sponsors often have in auditing their PBM to noting PBM practices that may increase costs to plans while increasing profits for the PBMs. While the PBMs claim there is already adequate transparency, their policies are drawing increased scrutiny.

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Pharmacists Tweet, Share, and Inspire During 2nd Annual #Pharmacist Tweet-a-Thon

By Stephanie DuBois, Director, Marketing Communications

Even though American Pharmacists Month draws to a close today, our message about the positive impact that pharmacists have on their patients, communities, and health care will continue to ring loud and clear throughout the year.

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The Afternoon After

By Kurt A. Proctor, Ph.D., RPh, NCPA Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

So where was I? Oh yeah, I was recapping the standing room only NCPA post-convention program, Networking for High Performance Pharmacies; part of NCPA’s active leadership role on behalf of our members to put them in the best possible position as these trends continue and accelerate.

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The Morning After

By Kurt A. Proctor, Ph.D., RPh, NCPA Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

After a great NCPA Annual Meeting in Austin, we weren’t done. On Wednesday, October 22nd we kept the momentum going with a day-long “Networking for High Performance Pharmacies” program for a standing room only crowd of 140 industry leaders. This provocative program afforded like-minded pharmacists not only the opportunity to get to know each other but to engage with public and private payers to hear about their plans for pay-for-performance and quality related network inclusion criteria.

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NCPA President Mark Riley Addresses Association’s Annual Meeting

By Kevin Schweers

NCPA President Mark Riley, PharmD, addressed the NCPA 116th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition in Austin, Texas today, discussing the term as President that he is concluding and the community pharmacy industry in general. Continue reading ‘NCPA President Mark Riley Addresses Association’s Annual Meeting’

NCPA Student Members Take Center Stage at Pharmacy Business Plan Competition

By Kevin Schweers

Three teams of pharmacy students poised well beyond their years vied in a live competition at the 11th annual Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition, the winner of which will be announced at today’s Opening General Session of the NCPA Annual Convention and Trade Exposition in Austin, Texas. Continue reading ‘NCPA Student Members Take Center Stage at Pharmacy Business Plan Competition’

University of Oklahoma Team Reflects on 2014 Student Business Plan Competition

By Michael Rule, Associate Director Public Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy

On October 18th, students from three pharmacy schools vied in a live competition to be the winner of the 2014 Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition. For the second consecutive year, the University Of Oklahoma College Of Pharmacy (OUCP) was among the three finalists, having won the competition in 2013. NCPA recently asked the schools’ representatives for their insights and feedback on the contest.

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