Posts Tagged 'Medicare'

Southern California Pharmacists Expanding Their Role

By John Norton

An intriguing example of how pharmacist-driven pilot programs are helping to reinvent health care is contained in the Los Angeles Times’ article by Soumya Karlamangla called “Pharmacists try a more personal approach to treatment”. Continue reading ‘Southern California Pharmacists Expanding Their Role’

Medicare Part D Any Willing Pharmacy Legislation Supported by Key Consumer Organizations

By Michael Rule

Recently, a dozen patient rights and consumer-oriented organizations sent a letter to Congress endorsing H.R. 793, the Ensuring Seniors Access to Local Pharmacies Act. Continue reading ‘Medicare Part D Any Willing Pharmacy Legislation Supported by Key Consumer Organizations’

Patients, Pharmacists Share Problems with Aetna/Coventry 2015 Medicare Drug Plans

By Kevin Schweers

Community pharmacists and some Medicare beneficiaries reported a number of problems in early January related to changes to the pharmacy network of 2015 Aetna/Coventry Medicare Part D plans. Continue reading ‘Patients, Pharmacists Share Problems with Aetna/Coventry 2015 Medicare Drug Plans’

The “Lock-In” Pharmacy Approach to Rx Drug Abuse

By Kevin Schweers

A proposal to restrict certain Medicare beneficiaries to use only a dedicated, “lock-in” pharmacy for their controlled substances is now a part of legislation introduced by two House lawmakers. Continue reading ‘The “Lock-In” Pharmacy Approach to Rx Drug Abuse’

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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Medicare Reprimands PBMs over Apparent Prescription Drug Benefit Violations

By Kevin Schweers

On the eve of open enrollment for the 2015 plan year for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D drug plans, The New York Times has recounted concerns repeatedly raised by Medicare officials concerning pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) that have inappropriately delayed or denied access to prescription drugs. Continue reading ‘Medicare Reprimands PBMs over Apparent Prescription Drug Benefit Violations’

Independent Pharmacies Vital to Rural Health, Study Affirms

By Kevin Schweers

Independent community pharmacies continue to play a critical role in rural health care, according to new research. The ranks of these pharmacies declined slightly in recent years and somewhat stabilized after several turbulent years that coincided with implementation of the Medicare prescription drug benefit, researchers concluded.

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