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NACDS: Pharmacists can help improve care in Medicare, Medicaid

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has urged Senate leaders to advance policies aimed at improving care for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.

More Rite Aid stores offer 'virtual clinic'

With people seeking more convenient and affordable health care options, Rite Aid Corp. is pushing ahead with a "virtual clinic" offering.

London Drugs clinics to feature skin cholesterol test

Early next month, London Drugs aims to make available at all of its pharmacies a non-invasive cholesterol test that can help customers evaluate their risk for coronary artery disease (CAD) or heart disease.

GAO urged to review reimbursement cuts for diabetes supplies

The National Community Pharmacists Association has applauded lawmakers' push for the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review the impact of planned reductions in reimbursement for diabetes test supplies (DTS) provided to Medicare beneficiaries by community pharmacies.

Certification requirements upped for pharmacy techs

With pharmacy's role in health care delivery expanding, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) plans to raise its standards for national certification and recertification.

Rite Aid recognizes pharmacy tech, longtime customer

Rite Aid has announced the winners of its 2012 Favorite Pharmacy Team Member contest: a pharmacy technician from Ada, Ohio, and a customer at its store in Birmingham, Mich..

MinuteClinic affiliates with major N.Y. health system

MinuteClinic has formed a clinical affiliation with North Shore-LIJ Health System, one of the nation's largest health networks, as it plans to open more walk-in clinics in metropolitan New York.

Study: Community Rx saves Medicare on 90-day scripts

Compared with mail order pharmacies, community pharmacies provide 90-day prescriptions Medicare Part D beneficiaries at lower cost and substitute less-expensive generic drugs more often, a study sponsored by the National Community Pharmacists Association found.

Costco serves up individual health plans

Aetna has begun offering individual health insurance plans to Costco Wholesale Club members in Florida.

RxAlly, Kerr Drug help boost pneumonia immunization

Pharmacy alliance RxAlly has partnered with Shenandoah University's Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy and Kerr Drug to help community pharmacists implement a pneumonia immunization program.

Index: Customer satisfaction up at drug stores

Chain drug stores were among the retailers seeing more satisfied customers in 2012, according to a report by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI).

NCPA study sheds light on LTC pharmacy dispensing costs

Long-term care pharmacies have significantly higher dispensing costs than traditional retail pharmacies and provide extra services to meet the health needs of LTC residents, according to a new survey by the National Community Pharmacists Association's Long-Term Care Division.

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