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Policy Brief Reveals the Challenges Patients Face In Communities With A Sole Pharmacy

By John Norton

The Rural Health Research & Policy Centers recently issued a brief called “Characteristics of Rural Communities with a Sole, Independently Owned Pharmacy“. It lent further credence to concerns expressed by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) that ill-advised policies such as outdated, low reimbursements for generic prescription drugs and exclusion of Medicare Part D “preferred pharmacy” plans can cause financially-strapped independent community pharmacies to close or limit their services, which can have an especially devastating impact for patients in less-populated areas. Continue reading ‘Policy Brief Reveals the Challenges Patients Face In Communities With A Sole Pharmacy’

Independent Pharmacists Brief Congressional Staff on Need for MAC Transparency and Any Willing Pharmacy Legislation

By Michael Rule

Stacey Swartz, owner of the Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray in Alexandria, VA, and George Garmer, owner of Halethorpe Pharmacy in Baltimore, MD, recently took time out of their busy schedules to brief Congressional staffers on the importance of passing H.R. 244, the MAC Transparency Act, and H.R. 793/S. 1190, the Ensuring Seniors Access to Local Pharmacies Act. Continue reading ‘Independent Pharmacists Brief Congressional Staff on Need for MAC Transparency and Any Willing Pharmacy Legislation’

Pharmacists to Expand Patient Access to Health Care in Washington State

By John Norton

The pharmacy industry’s quest to expand patient access to health care services received a boost on May 12. It happened in Washington. It wasn’t our nation’s capital where there are companion bills gaining steam to address this issue in the U.S. Senate and House (S. 314 and H.R. 592the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act). Instead it occurred in Olympia, Washington where the state’s Governor Jay Inslee (D) signed ESSB 5557 into law. Continue reading ‘Pharmacists to Expand Patient Access to Health Care in Washington State’

Keeping up the heat on Medicare “Preferred Pharmacy” Access

By Kevin Schweers

To better inform patients and caregivers, Medicare officials are preparing “disclaimer language” to accompany marketing material for any Medicare Part D drug plans that fail to offer convenient access to discounted copays at “preferred pharmacies.” The move comes in response to concerns expressed repeatedly by NCPA and others regarding inadequate patient access and exclusionary “preferred” networks. Continue reading ‘Keeping up the heat on Medicare “Preferred Pharmacy” Access’

2014 National Pharmacist Workforce Survey: Transformation of the Pharmacy Profession Continues

By John Norton

Concerns with health care spending continue to fuel the search to find better ways of delivering care. The slow, but steady health care transformation has only accelerated with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Pharmacists, who have traditionally been underutilized, are efficient and cost-effective professionals uniquely positioned to assist with the ongoing changes in the marketplace.

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Pharmacy Closures With A Twist

By John Norton

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) tracks newspaper articles about independent community pharmacy closings to follow why such pharmacies close. The reasons are often related to the challenges community pharmacies face often due to predatory business tactics of largely unregulated pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). Currently topping the lists of reasons are PBM reimbursements for generic prescription drugs that fail to keep up with spiking acquisition costs and exclusionary Medicare Part D “preferred pharmacy” plans.

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Bills Address NCPA Member Priorities

By Michael Rule

The 114th Congress convened just over a month ago, yet it has been an eventful time for independent community pharmacies as legislation has been introduced to address all three of our top priorities as identified by a recent NCPA member survey.

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