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