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In brief: Growth in healthcare spending lower than average, CMS backs unique device identifiers


WASHINGTON – Total healthcare spending growth is expected to average 5.8% annually over 2015-2025, according to a report published July 13 by Health Affairs and authored by CMS’s Office of the Actuary.

Med sync programs work, according to NCPA survey


ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Medication synchronization programs can benefit pharmacists and patients, according to a survey of pharmacies that are using the Simplify My Meds program created by the National Community Pharmacists Association.

In brief: Device maker buys Liberator, lawmakers seek complex rehab clarification


MURRAY HILL, N.J. – C.R. Bard, a manufacturer of medical devices for vascular, urology, oncology and surgical specialty fields, announced last week that it has acquired Liberator Medical for $181 million.

NCPA approves resolutions, elects officers


NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Community pharmacists adopted several resolutions to advance patient care and improve reimbursement yesterday during the 2015 NCPA Annual Convention.

Association names Joe Moose top community pharmacist


NATIONAL HARBOR, Mich. – The National Community Pharmacists Association has named Joe Moose, RPh, co-owner of Moose Pharmacy, as its 2015 Willard B. Simmons Independent Pharmacist of the Year.

In brief: ICD-10 goes live, BraunAbility sells to investment firm


WASHINGTON – ICD-10 went into effect Oct. 1, but it will be several days, if not a month, before the impact of the new code system sets in.

In brief: ResMed bulks up exchange, AHIA launches home-mods app


SAN DIEGO – ResMed’s patient compliance software program, U-Sleep, is now connected to LabRetriever’s sleep lab electronic medical records platform.

Clinton to keynote NCPA convention


ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Former president Bill Clinton will deliver the keynote address at the National Community Pharmacists Association’s annual convention and trade expo, according to a press release. “ The organization’s 115th annual convention is scheduled for Oct.

NCPA opens registration for Legislative Conference


ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Members can register for the National Community Pharmacists Association’s (NCPA) 45th annual Legislative Conference, scheduled for May 7-8, 2013 in Washington, D.C., according to a press release.