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.
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...
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.
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