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Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act

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

Pharmacists: Key link in health care supply chain

Pharmacists: Key link in health care supply chain

In the U.S., pharmacists are a crucial link in the health care supply chain. Beyond dispensing prescription medication, pharmacists have the academic training to conduct health and wellness screenings and to provide some preventative care as well as advice on healthy lifestyles. Empowering pharmacists by changing the laws governing their practice would enable them to

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

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

APhA says Tom Price grasps pharmacists’ role

APhA says Tom Price grasps pharmacists’ role

Rep. Tom Price (R., Ga.) had a tense confirmation hearing in the Senate last week for his nomination by President Donald Trump as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). But he got a thumbs-up from the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) on at least one count: pharmacists’ place in the U.S. health

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

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

NACDS informs governors about value of Rx

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has sent a letter to the governors of all 50 states urging pharmacy patient care as a top priority in any changes to health care policy in 2017 and beyond. The most recent letter continues NACDS’ pro-patient, pro-pharmacy drumbeat to federal and state government decision

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 maintains focus on provider status

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has backed legislation that would increase Medicare beneficiaries’ access to pharmacist-provided services. NACDS issued a statement urging members of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health to support H.R. 592/S. 314, the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act. The bipartisan legislation has been