By John Coster, RPh., Ph.D.
Economic downturns like the current one produce a double-whammy for federal and state Medicaid budgets: enrollment in the program grows as there’s less money to pay for it. That means more potential for provider reimbursement cuts – something NCPA is trying hard to avoid. Pharmacies can simply not withstand any more Medicaid reimbursement cuts, especially in light of last year’s AWP rollback. Here’s a rundown of some related state activity NCPA’s monitoring, along with federal efforts. Continue reading ‘Medicaid News in the States’
Published January 13, 2010
AMP , AWP , Congress , Government Affairs , Health Care Reform , Industry Trends , Medicaid , pharmacist
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By Kevin Schweers
On Capitol Hill it’s crunch time for health care reform as negotiations between House and Senate leaders pick up speed. A top priority for community pharmacies is getting an adequate fix to Medicaid’s reimbursement formula for generic drugs. So we held a briefing today to update reporters on where things stand and to demonstrate the strong, bipartisan support there is in Congress for an equitable reimbursement formula. Here’s a quick recap; a recording of the call is available here. Continue reading ‘Getting that Medicaid AMP Fix Right in Health Reform’
By Devin Stone
A new study highlights the tightrope many community pharmacies in rural areas find themselves on as well as the potentially devastating impact further reduction in reimbursement could have on these pharmacies and the populations that they serve. Recently the North Carolina Rural Health Research & Policy Analysis Center, along with the RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis released another quality issue brief regarding its survey of sole community pharmacies in rural America. “Sole providers” are pharmacies with no other competing retail pharmacy within the same neighborhood, according to these organizations and many others.
Continue reading ‘Maintaining Access to Community Pharmacy in Rural America’