NACDS RxIMPACT hosted its first NACDS RxIMPACT Training of the year—Magnify Your Advocacy Power as a Key Contact—for 200 pharmacy advocates at the Minnesota Pharmacists Association (MPhA) Legislative Day in St. Paul, Minn., this week.
New Study Highlights Success of Programs Like NACDS RxIMPACT
NACDS RxIMPACT Calls for Support of Texas Medication Synchronization Bills

NACDS RxIMPACT is mobilizing a campaign urging support in Texas for legislation introduced by Sen. Dawn Buckingham (R) and Rep. John Frullo (R)—S.B. 697 and H.B. 1296—that will enable patients to synchronize the fill date of their prescription medications so they can order and receive all of their prescriptions on the same day each month instead of having to make multiple visits to the pharmacy.

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Healthcare Changes at the Top: HHS Secretary Confirmed; CMS Administrator Nominee Faces Senate Hearing

Significant steps in a changing healthcare environment are unfolding in Washington. The Senate approved the nomination of Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) last week in a 52-47 vote as the next Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). In related news, Seema Verma, nominee for Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is set to appear before the Senate Committee on Finance for her confirmation hearing on February 16.

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This week NACDS' Anne Fellows and Mike Duteau, vice president of Business Development and Strategic Relations for Kinney Drugs Inc., met with Gov. Phil Scott (R-VT) during the Vermont Association of Chain Drug Stores' 2017 Legislative Lobby Day.  Attendees met with Gov. Scott to discuss several initiatives, including expansion of pharmacist immunization authority and plans for the state to comply with requirements in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Covered Outpatient Drugs Final Rule. The Final Rule addresses key areas of Medicaid drug reimbursement and changes made to the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program by the Affordable Care Act.
NACDS, Kinney Drugs' Mike Duteau Meet with Gov. Phil Scott (R-VT) on Immunizations and Medicaid Reimbursement
Pharmacy’s Potential Front and Center at NACDS Regional Chain Conference

The value pharmacy brings—and its potential to step up in a rapidly shifting healthcare landscape—stood out at this week’s innovative and collaborative NACDS Regional Chain Conference. The conference provided a leading-edge forum to explore business-to-business partnerships and a public policy agenda that is focused on solutions in healthcare policy, which will benefit patient outcomes and reduce overall healthcare costs.

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It's a chance for hundreds of us to go meet with the different legislators, both in the House and the Senate...to share what it is that pharmacy does for patients, share our needs and interests in healthcare, and to make requests of them for what we need them to support...

--Martin Otto, chief merchant and chief financial officer of H-E-B, and NACDS chairman of the Board, on the importance of attending NACDS RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill, March 14-15

Kristin Williams, senior vice president and chief health officer of Hy-Vee, Inc., and NACDS Regional Chain Conference chair, delivered remarks this morning during the Opening General Session of the NACDS Regional Chain Conference in Palm Beach, Fla.
Hy-Vee's Kristin Williams Delivers Remarks at the NACDS Regional Chain Conference
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Pharmacy-Based Solutions to National Uncertainties Emerge as Key Theme at NACDS Regional Chain Conference
Intersection of Business, Policy and Politics on Display at NACDS Regional Chain Conference

I am really looking forward to the NACDS Regional Chain Conference, which begins this weekend. I refer to NACDS as the intersection of business, policy and politics for our industry, and the Conference program again will demonstrate NACDS’ value in this way. A fantastic event awaits, thanks to the efforts of Hy-Vee, Inc.’s Kristin Williams, who chairs the Conference Planning Committee, thanks to all of the members of that amazing Committee, and thanks to the NACDS staff team.

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NACDS Recognized with Two Awards for Sustainability Initiatives
NACDS’ New Government Affairs VP Brings In-Depth Policy Expertise

Bill Tighe, NACDS vice president of federal government affairs, most recently served as chief of staff for Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA). Tighe’s policy expertise, forged on Capitol Hill where he led top congressional offices as chief of staff, positions him well to serve as NACDS’ lead legislative advocate for community pharmacy.

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Headed to the NACDS Regional Chain Conference? Here's What You Need to Know.
NACDS RxIMPACT Goes Full Court Press on Provider Status

NACDS RxIMPACT mobilized its largest letter-writing campaign ever this week mobilizing advocates to contact their representatives to build on the momentum of the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act.

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NACDS Welcomes New Lobbyist Amber Manko