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NACDS expects record-setting RxImpact Day

NACDS expects record-setting RxImpact Day

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores reports that this year’s RxImpact Day on Capitol Hill will be a record-setter for participation. NACDS said Wednesday that its ninth annual lobbying drive is expected to include nearly 400 participants, 54% of whom are new recruits. Industry advocates will represent 47 states, 45 colleges

Pharmacy prepares for new paths in health care

Pharmacy prepares for new paths in health care

PALM BEACH, Fla. — As the nation reassesses its health care system under a new presidential administration, the integral role of pharmacy cannot be overlooked, National Association of Chain Drug Stores leaders said at the NACDS Regional Chain Conference here. “This meeting and the topics addressed in the coming days could not be timelier with

Provider status legislation on docket

WASHINGTON — Pharmacist provider status legislation was reintroduced in the House of Representatives last month with the original bipartisan cosponsorship of nearly one-quarter of the members. The Senate bill had been reintroduced eight days earlier. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores thanked lead House sponsors Brett Guthrie (R., Ky.), G.K. Butterfield (D., N.C.), Tom

NACDS expands Test2Learn pharmacogenomics tour

NACDS expands Test2Learn pharmacogenomics tour

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores plans more stops for the national tour of the the Test2Learn Community-Based Pharmacogenomics Certificate Program. NACDS said late Wednesday that the program, done in partnership with University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, will come to Duke University in Durham, N.C., on April 10-11; Chapman University’s

Provider status bill returns to House

Provider status bill returns to House

WASHINGTON — Just about a week after being reintroduced in the Senate, the pharmacy provider status bill is now once again before the House of Representatives. Reps. Brett Guthrie (R., Ky.), G.K. Butterfield (D., N.C.), Ron Kind (D., Wis.) and Tom Reed (R., N.Y.) on Friday introduced the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act

2017 could be pivotal year for pharmacy care

2017 could be pivotal year for pharmacy care

I will spare you the introductory paragraph that attempts eloquence. Let’s get right to the point. In NACDS’ view, 2017 could be one of the most pivotal years in health care policy and in pharmacy patient care. NACDS not only is ready to advocate for pharmacy in this unprecedented environment; that vital work already is

Pharmacist provider status bill back in play

Pharmacist provider status bill back in play

WASHINGTON – Pharmacist provider status legislation is back before Congress, with the bipartisan co-sponsorship of more than a quarter of the Senate. Sens. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa), Bob Casey (D., Penn.) and Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) on Thursday reintroduced the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act (S. 109) with its 27 original co-sponsors. A

NACDS’ Steve Anderson honored for industry leadership

NACDS’ Steve Anderson honored for industry leadership

ARLINGTON, Va. — In the decade since Steve Anderson became president and chief executive officer of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the organization has solidified its position as the preeminent voice for retail pharmacy and established itself as the indispensable network for interaction among those within the sector, and communication between the industry

HHS rule gives pharmacies flexibility with rewards

WASHINGTON — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores welcomed a final rule issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that allows pharmacies greater flexibility to extend their reward and loyalty programs to beneficiaries in government programs, including Medicare and Medicaid. NACDS said Wednesday that the final rule, issued by HHS’ Office

Gallup poll: Pharmacists among top trusted professions

Gallup poll: Pharmacists among top trusted professions

WASHINGTON — Americans continue to hold pharmacists in high regard, according to Gallup’s Honesty and Integrity survey. Of more than 1,000 U.S. adults that Gallup polled by phone, 67% rated pharmacists “very high/high” in honesty and ethics — second only to nurses, which again came out on top with 84% of respondents describing the nursing

NACDS hails rule relaxing access to pharmacy rewards

NACDS hails rule relaxing access to pharmacy rewards

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is giving pharmacies more flexibility to extend their reward and loyalty programs to beneficiaries in government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, according to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. NACDS said Wednesday that the final rule, issued by the HHS Office of

NACDS adds to federal government affairs team

NACDS adds to federal government affairs team

ARLINGTON, Va. — William Tighe has been named vice president of federal government affairs and Amber Manko as director of federal government affairs at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. NACDS said Tighe joined the association on Dec. 12, while Manko had started in her post on Nov. 28. She reports to Tighe, and

Trump chooses harsh critic of ACA to head HHS

Trump chooses harsh critic of ACA to head HHS

WASHINGTON — The choices of Tom Price and Seema Verma for top health positions under Donald Trump have reaffirmed the president-elect’s commitment to toppling the Affordable Care Act. Price, a six-term Republican congressman from Georgia and fierce critic of Obamacare, was picked as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), while Verma,

Value of NACDS evident as new era dawns

Value of NACDS evident as new era dawns

At the start of the month the National Association of Chain Drug Stores concluded a series of successful events in the nation’s economic and cultural capital. The much anticipated annual gathering, known as NACDS Week in New York, brings together leaders from the diverse constituents that comprise the chain pharmacy industry to take stock as

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