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NCPA launches long-term care division
October 4th, 2010
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Community Pharmacists Association is forming a new division aimed at advancing the interests of independent long-term care pharmacy providers.
NCPA said Monday that to lead the new LTC Division, it has hired Susan Janeczko, Pharm.D., as director of long-term care policy and regulatory affairs. Janeczko joins the association from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), where she was the lead clinician working on the Medicare.gov web site.
Also to drive the new division, NCPA has increased its capabilities by adding staff and providing resources that target legislative and regulatory issues faced by pharmacies serving LTC facilities.
"NCPA is recognized as the advocate for independent community pharmacies and their patients. We successfully fought for their interests on issues like scaling back major cuts in Medicaid generic drug reimbursement and ensuring prompt payment for retail pharmacies from Medicare Part D plans. Now we're enhancing our LTC efforts to provide focused advocacy for independent LTC pharmacies," explained NCPA president Joseph Harmison, a pharmacy owner in Arlington, Texas.
"Independent LTC pharmacy providers' interests do not always align with publicly traded competitors in this space," Harmison noted. "Policy discussions are sometimes dominated by giant long-term care corporations. With the launch of this new division, that is no longer the case. NCPA looks forward to advocating for and partnering with independent LTC pharmacies through this initiative."
Under Janeczko's direction, NCPA said, the group plans to continue and expand recent LTC advocacy efforts which include providing a community pharmacy perspective to CMS on the potential impacts of proposed short-cycle dispensing rules; working to find a compromise on the LTC nurse-as-agent issue that ensures patients get needed medications in a timely manner; and submitting recommendations to ensure the smooth implementation of electronic prescribing rules in LTC settings.
The association added that it's also closely monitoring other matters impacting LTC pharmacies, such as Medicare Part B DME MAC recoupment efforts to help ensure that any government actions to resolve pending financial matters find their intended targets (Medicare Advantage and Home Health Agencies in this case) and not independent community pharmacies.
For more information on the LTC division and related issues, pharmacists can visit the new LTC web site, www.ncpaltc.org. During the initial preview period, access to the site will be unrestricted but afterward only those who've signed up as members of the LTC Division will have access to the content and NCPA experts.
Janeczko is slated to be on hand at NCPA's 112th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition in Philadelphia, which runs Oct. 23 to 27, to meet and assist independents in signing up for the new division.
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