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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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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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’ 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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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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On HHS Nominee Price’s Healthcare Principles, Pharmacy Makes a Powerful Case

During his Senate confirmation hearing this week and since being nominated for Secretary of Health and Human Services, U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) has focused on six principles of healthcare reform: affordability, accessibility, quality, innovation, responsiveness, choices. In fact, Rep. Price has focused on those principles for some time – he described them in an op-ed column in The Hill back in 2013 and likely many times before that during his Congressional and medical careers.

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House Provider Status Bill Expected Soon

NACDS continues to make progress on advancing provider status in the 115th Congress. Last week, The Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act (S. 109) was reintroduced with the bipartisan original co-sponsorship of more than a quarter of the Senate.

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Senate Sets in Motion Steps to Repeal Healthcare Law

The Senate voted 51 to 48 early Thursday morning to approve a budget resolution that provides a blueprint for House and Senate committees to begin working on legislation that would repeal key portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Senate Floor Update: Budget Amendment Results on Importation

There was a close vote on drug importation on the Senate floor during Wednesday's frenzied "vote-a-rama" as the Senate conducted budget resolution proceedings.

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NACDS Previews "Pharmacy Outlook 2017" in Chain Drug Review

The opening line of an NACDS-authored article in the January 2, 2017, edition of Chain Drug Review says it all. "I will spare you the introductory paragraph that attempts eloquence," writes NACDS President & CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE. "Let's get right to the point. In NACDS' view, 2017 could be one of the most pivotal years in healthcare policy and in pharmacy patient care."

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Senate Makes First Move on ACA Deconstruction

The Senate Budget Committee has made the first move in changing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as we know it.

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President Obama Signs Law Including NACDS-Backed TRICARE Provisions; Focus Turns to Implementation of Pilot

With President Obama’s signature, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 became law on December 23, 2016.

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NACDS, Stakeholders Urge Congress to Support Provider Status Bill

NACDS is proactively urging support in the 115th Congress for the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act (H.R. 592/S. 314), which would increase access to state-approved pharmacy services for underserved Medicare patients.  

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Understanding Millennial Engagement and Advocacy

Last month, Achieve, a research and marketing agency for causes, released The Millennial Impact Report Retrospective: Five Years of Trends. The study provides insight into millennials’ attitudes towards cause-engagement, volunteering, and donations.

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