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NACDS endorses 'Better Care' legislation
April 23rd, 2014
ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has voiced its support for bills in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives that would improve care for patients with chronic conditions in the Medicare program.
NACDS said Wednesday that the Better Care, Lower Costs Act (S. 1932 and H.R. 3890) would amend the Social Security Act to create a Medicare Better Care Program (BCP) to provide integrated care for Medicare patients with chronic conditions.
This week, NACDS sent letters to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D., Ore.), Sen. Johnny Isakson (R., Ga.) and Reps. Erik Paulsen (R., Minn.) and Peter Welch (D., Vt.) to commend their sponsorship of the bills.
"Your legislation will promote accountability and better care management for chronically ill patients and provide coordinated services under [Medicare] Parts A, B and D, while recognizing that pharmacists and pharmacy services have great potential to improve care for patients with chronic health conditions," NACDS stated in the letters.
Better Care Programs provide a coordinated care approach for patients with chronic conditions to help them manage their health, according to NACDS.
"We support the concept of using Better Care Programs to provide fully integrated medical care for people with chronic health conditions," the letter said.
The letter also highlight the expanding role of pharmacy care and services in improving patient health and making health care more affordable, as well as lawmakers' recognition of pharmacists' increased role in health care.
"As the demand for health care services continues to grow, pharmacists have expanded their role in health care delivery, partnering with physicians, nurses, and other health care providers to meet their patients' needs. By providing services that allow patients to take their medications more effectively and by providing preventive services, pharmacists help patients avoid more costly forms of care down the line," NACDS wrote.
"Pharmacy services improve quality of life and health care affordability. We are happy that the effectiveness of pharmacists in delivering patient care is resonating with policymakers" the association added.