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H.R. 592

NACDS makes case for pharmacy

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is running newspaper advertisements in selected congressional districts this month. The ads thanks members of Congress for sponsoring a bill that would let pharmacists provide basic health care services to Medicare patients in underserved areas, and urging passage and enactment of the legislation. The Pharmacy

Pharmacy isn’t idle as it works for provider status

Pharmacy isn’t idle as it works for provider status

For many pharmacists, provider status is the Holy Grail — seemingly in range yet still agonizingly beyond their grasp. While some pharmacists already provide clinical services to patients — from immunizations to medication therapy and chronic disease management to health coaching and point-of-care testing — a reliable, third-party compensation model for those services has yet

NACDS advances Access Agenda platform

NACDS advances Access Agenda platform

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association for Chain Drug Stores moved its Access Agenda platform forward with comments to Congress as committees consider the fiscal 2018 budget for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). NACDS said Thursday that it submitted statements highlighting pro-patient health care solutions as the Senate Finance Committee and the

NCPA backs legislation to bolster Medicare

NCPA backs legislation to bolster Medicare

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association urged leaders in the House of Representatives to enact a slate of bills that would foster access to pharmacy services in Medicare. NCPA said Monday that it submitted comments for a House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee hearing on Medicare and offered suggestions to enhance the program

Breaking category conventions to remain relevant

Breaking category conventions to remain relevant

Today’s drug store looks nothing like the drug store of your parents’ youth. Once upon a time, I was able to have neighborly banter with Stan, the local pharmacist, who greeted me warmly and actually knew all about me. Stan freely handed out community news, bad jokes and even a bit of innocuous gossip along

NACDS marshals support for provider status bill

NACDS marshals support for provider status bill

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is mobilizing its membership to voice their support of the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act, known as the pharmacist provider status bill. NACDS said its RxImpact grassroots program has kicked off a letter-writing campaign urging pharmacy advocates — including NACDS member companies, state

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

Congressmen go to bat for pharmacy

Congressmen go to bat for pharmacy

(*Note: Segment begins at 00:21 of clip. Video courtesy of C-Span.) Earlier this week, several congressman voice their support for the pharmacy profession on the floor of the House of Representatives, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) reported. Speaking during an hour-long Special Order on pharmacy issues, Rep. Earl “Buddy” Carter (R., Ga.) — the only

APhA hails lawmakers’ support of provider status bill

APhA hails lawmakers’ support of provider status bill

WASHINGTON — The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) applauded remarks by two congressmen in support of pharmacist provider status legislation. APhA said Reps. Ron Kind (D., Wis.) and Todd Young (R., Ind.) issued statements this week to the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health calling for pharmacists to have a bigger role in health care.

NACDS: Pharmacist provider status, MTM can aid Medicare

NACDS: Pharmacist provider status, MTM can aid Medicare

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores told leaders in the House of Representatives that greater recognition of pharmacists’ full capabilities as health care providers can bolster the Medicare program. NACDS submitted a statement to a House Ways and Means Subcommittee On Health for a Wednesday afternoon hearing titled “Member Proposals to

Provider status bill builds momentum

Provider status bill builds momentum

WASHINGTON — Congressional support continues to mount for the pharmacy industry’s push for pharmacists to be designated as health care providers. The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) reported that a majority of the U.S. House of Representatives now support the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act (H.R. 592), or the so-called provider status bill. Overall,

Ads highlight pharmacists as health providers

Ads highlight pharmacists as health providers

WASHINGTON — This month, the Patient Access to Pharmacists’ Care Coalition (PAPCC) released newspaper ads and radio spots urging Congress to pass the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act (S. 314/H.R. 592). The legislation, before both the House and the Senate, would provide Medicare beneficiaries access to pharmacist-provided patient care services as authorized by