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NACDS Leadership Roundtable to Showcase Business, Political Linkage

While opportunities for pharmacists to provide direct patient care services emerge, options for obtaining reimbursement for these services continue to be limited.

--a new NACDS-funded study from Avalere Health, which recommends federal statutory recognition of pharmacists as healthcare providers under Medicare Part B

Left to right: Melissa Ramba, (Georgia Retail Association), Sally West (Walgreens), Gov. Deal, Leigh Knotts (NACDS), Glen Wilkins (Walmart), Paul Imbrone (Macy’s), Randy Miller (Georgia Retail Association).
State Advocacy Partners Meet Georgia Legislators on Retail, Pharmacy Issues
CMS Stands by Earlier Proposal on Biosimilars, Does Not Address Biosimilars Interchangeability in Reimbursement Language

The Story: On October 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final version of the Physician Fee Schedule rule, the first since Congress replaced the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.

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Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) meets with WA pharmacy students at last year's NACDS RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill.
Fifty-one Pharmacy Students Headed to D.C. to Advocate for Pharmacy
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NACDS’ Sara Roszak Promoted to Director, NACDS Foundation Research Programs
NACDS staff members at the 143rdAmerican Public Health Association annual meeting in Chicago this week promoting how pharmacists are working with the public health community to close the immunization gap.
NACDS Promotes Pharmacy, Immunizations at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting

...many medicines used to treat cold and flu symptoms can contain common drug ingredients such as acetaminophen.

--the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition announcing its annual "Double Check; Don't Double Up" campaign, reminding consumers of the potential risks of of taking two medicines with the same ingredient

Congressional Support for Pharmacists' Services Reaches Critical Numbers

The Patient Access to Pharmacists’ Care Coalition (PAPCC) announced, at the close of a successful American Pharmacists Month, growing support for the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act (S. 314/H.R. 592).  

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By The Numbers: Halloween Scares Up Spending

Source: A compilation of Halloween statistics on CNN

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Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly will headline the NACDS Foundation Dinner, which will be held on December 3 in New York City. The high-profile media personality anchors Fox News Channel's "The Kelly File" — the second-ranking program in cable news by viewership.
Fox News Channel Anchor Megyn Kelly to Keynote 2015 NACDS Foundation Dinner

Engagement by pharmacy advocates breathes life into the policymaking process.

--NACDS Director of Government Affairs and Grassroots Programs Heidi Ecker in a Drug Store News article urging pharmacy advocates to join RxIMPACT LinkedIn group

This week, the NACDS Foundation held its annual Research Advisory Working Group Meeting, with representatives of the NACDS Foundation Board and designees to discuss and prioritize proposed research concepts for next year and beyond.
NACDS Foundation Hosts Research Advisory Working Group Meeting
NACDS RxIMPACT Boosts Engagement on Provider Status

To bolster efforts promoting provider status legislation by the Patient Access to Pharmacists’ Care Coalition group this week, NACDS RxIMPACT issued an action alert urging advocates to keep momentum building on the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act, which will advance the issue. 

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Political Season Provides Timeline of Pharmacy’s Progress

With the current and increasing focus on Presidential politics, I recalled a tactic that NACDS executed two Presidential elections ago, and that was timed to coincide with the Presidential debates of 2007.

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