Posts Tagged 'adherence'

A Contest with a Purpose: The 3rd Annual Medication Adherence Challenge

By John Norton

According to the research institute NEHI, up to $290 billion a year is wasted on the improper use of medication. When you first read the number, you think it’s a misprint. Surely, we are talking in terms of millions and not billions, right? Unfortunately, the listed number is correct, and is largely the result of patients not taking the right medication, at the right time, the right way.

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NCPA Reviews 2012 in Annual Report

By Kevin Schweers

Before turning the calendar to 2013, NCPA staff recently looked back at some of the association’s efforts in furtherance of its independent community pharmacy members and their patients. Some of the more significant efforts were chronicled in a recently published, executive-summary style annual report. Continue reading ‘NCPA Reviews 2012 in Annual Report’

Taking Your Medicine, Taking It Right

By B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA

The Wall Street Journal recently reported in the paper and on its Health Blog how pharmacists are trying to step up to improve medication adherence among patients, so that they take their medications as prescribed by a doctor. Continue reading ‘Taking Your Medicine, Taking It Right’

Community Pharmacists Can Help Reduce Drug-Related Hospitalizations

By Kevin Schweers

Community pharmacists can play a vital role in reducing medication-related hospitalizations, NCPA argues in a recent letter to U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

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NCPA CEO Talks Up Community Pharmacy, Advocacy, and Medication Adherence in Convention Address

By Kevin Schweers

NCPA Executive Vice President and CEO B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA looked back on his first year as CEO and gave independent community pharmacists a preview of some “coming attractions” in his address Monday morning to the 113th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition. Continue reading ‘NCPA CEO Talks Up Community Pharmacy, Advocacy, and Medication Adherence in Convention Address’

NCPA Convention Kicks Off with President’s Address, Medicare Chief, Former Gov. Huckabee

By Kevin Schweers

Three excellent pharmacy speeches jumpstarted NCPA’s 113th Annual Convention & Trade Exposition in Nashville this morning. Continue reading ‘NCPA Convention Kicks Off with President’s Address, Medicare Chief, Former Gov. Huckabee’

Averting a Compliance Nightmare for Independent Pharmacies

While Congress deserves credit for including pro-patient, pro-community pharmacy provisions in health care reform legislation, the law’s far from perfect. Case in point: A “revenue raiser” that would make many minor business transactions a tax-reportable event.

Under section 9006 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, beginning in 2012, all companies will have to issue 1099 tax forms not just to contract workers, but to any individual or corporation they buy more than $600 in goods or services from in a tax year.  Currently, 1099s are just used to document income for individual workers for services other than wages and salaries, not used for corporations or for the purchasing of goods.

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