January 6, 2020 by Chain Drug Review   DIR fees are again top of mind for pharmacy operators beginning another year without relief from these “phantom” expenses. At the same time hope springs eternal for retailers looking to broaden affordable and accessible health care offerings when such services from more traditional providers can be out of…

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During the Annual ideaShare meeting, McKesson hosted their third annual luncheon in honor of Women in Pharmacy. Our very talented board member and a CARE member since 2016, Christine Lee-Wilson was recognized during the luncheon. Christine received an award for her accomplishments as a pharmacy owner and advocate in her community. Also during the luncheon…

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How will the government’s pressure to cut drug prices affect pharmacy? What will the impact of DIR fee reform be? Will pharmacists get closer to attaining provider status? These are among the questions top chain drug industry executives are considering as they look ahead to 2019. CARE Pharmacies CEO Mike Wysong was recently featured among…

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Energy and Commerce Committee Leaders Request FTC Review PBM Mergers NCPA staff discusses pharmacy reimbursement and managed care with Medicaid officials NCPA continues cost parity dialogue with TRICARE NCPA staff participates in opioid discussion with CMS Senate HELP Committee advances “gag” clause bill House votes to delay health insurance tax House passes bill to expand…

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President Trump Unveils Plan to Tackle High Prescription Drug Prices HHS Secretary Alex Azar to Seek Inspector General Investigation into Retroactive DIR Fees Energy and Commerce Committee Marks-up Opioid Legislation Ways and Means Committee Schedules Mark-up of Opioid Legislation Drug Wholesalers Grilled by Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations 60 Minutes Stunner: ESI…

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Community Pharmacists Charge the Hill This week, nearly 300 community pharmacists from 37 states participated in NCPA’s 50th annual Congressional Pharmacy Summit. They charged Capitol Hill to advocate for NCPA’s three priority issues:  an end to retroactive pharmacy DIR fees, transparency in generic reimbursement rates in federal programs, and to open Medicare preferred pharmacy networks to…

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The National Community Pharmacy Association has honored eight independent pharmacies with its inaugural NCPA Innovation Center Excellence Awards. The Alexandria, Va.-based organization said it created the awards, which are partly sponsored by CoverMyMeds, to recognize pharmacies that have enhanced their spaces to better serve patients and communities. NCPA said that it received more than 70…

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“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and over again, but expecting a different result.” – Albert Einstein NCPA can help you re-engineer your practice for new opportunities. Changes in health care delivery and payment have created important new opportunities for independent pharmacies. Shortages of primary care physicians and new interest…

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Study in progress amid observance of May as Hepatitis Awareness Month, and of May 19 as Hepatitis Testing Day FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Arlington, Va. – As public health authorities target Hepatitis C awareness as a way to prevent liver damage and liver cancer, a study funded by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS)…

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