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Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act

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

Time to strengthen patient-pharmacist bond

Time to strengthen patient-pharmacist bond

According to the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation (NEHI), up to approximately $290 billion a year is wasted on the improper use of medications. Evidence suggests the most effective way to drive medication adherence is to strengthen the relationship between patients and pharmacists. In fact, a study commissioned by the National Community Pharmacists Association

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

NCPA lays out community pharmacy legislative agenda

NCPA lays out community pharmacy legislative agenda

  ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Independent community pharmacists gathered this week at the 2015 National Community Pharmacists Association Annual Legislative Conference to advocate for legislative solutions that preserve patients’ ready access to prescription drugs and pharmacy services. The conference began with a keynote speech from community pharmacist and U.S. Representative Buddy Carter (R., Ga.) and was followed by various panel discussions and policy

RxImpact Day: Pharmacy advocates head to the Hill

RxImpact Day: Pharmacy advocates head to the Hill

WASHINGTON — More than 350 pharmacy advocates from 44 states met with members of Congress during for this year’s NACDS RxImpact Day on Capitol Hill. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores said Thursday that pharmacy advocates — including pharmacists, pharmacy executives, pharmacy students and others — held more than 450 meetings with lawmakers and

Pharmacist provider status bills introduced

WASHINGTON — The effort to formally designate pharmacists as health care providers in certain instances received a major push at the end of January when federal legislation addressing this issue was introduced in both the House and Senate with bipartisan support. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores called the bills “commonsense legislation” and immediately