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NCPA announces keynote speakers

August 16, 2022HME News Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Community Pharmacists Association has announced the keynote speakers for its 2022 Annual Convention, set for Oct. 1-4 in Kansas City, Mo. The theme for this year’s convention is “Team Up! Where Teamwork Makes It All Work.” Mike Abrashoff, former commander of the USS Benfold and author of three books, is scheduled to speak during the First General Session on Sunday, Oct. 2. Abrashoff was the most-junior officer in the Pacific Fleet when he took...

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Independent pharmacies break through on PBMs

July 8, 2022Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Constant efforts by independent pharmacy stakeholders have unleashed a “tidal wave” of activity to reform pharmacy benefit managers, says Matthew Seiler, general counsel for the National Community Pharmacists Association.  In June, the Federal Trade Commission announced it would initiate a formal study of PBM behavior and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation voted to advance the Pharmacy Benefit Manager Transparency Act introduced...

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Kubat Healthcare acquires Hilltop Drugs Etc.

May 11, 2022HME News Staff

NELIGH, Neb. – Kubat Healthcare has acquired Hilltop Drugs Etc., in Neligh, Neb., further expanding its commitment to local care.  Founded in October 2008 by co-founder and current Pharmacist-In-Charge Jami Schmidt, Hilltop Drugs is a community pharmacy providing personalized pharmacy and health care services. In 2019, Schmidt and her business partner sold to Mark Vogt.  "When I started Hilltop Drugs in 2008, I wanted to provide the community with exceptional pharmacy solutions,"...

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NCPA denounces FTC decision on PBMs

February 22, 2022HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – The National Community Pharmacists Association criticized the Federal Trade Commission after it deadlocked on a vote to investigate pharmacy benefit managers.  “Two members of the FTC just let the worst actors in the market off the hook. After hearing hours of testimony by community pharmacists and patients, all of whom painted the same shocking picture about PBM abuse, and not a single witness there to defend the PBM industry, it is inexplicable that two members...

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NCPA to CMS: Raise dispensing fees on antiviral meds

January 20, 2022HME News Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Community pharmacies are losing money dispensing new oral antiviral medicines based on the low fees paid by health insurance companies, writes the National Community Pharmacists Association in a letter to CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure. “NCPA asks for immediate intervention before these pharmacies are forced to stop dispensing the oral antiviral drugs because they can’t justify the cost to their business,” wrote B. Douglas Hoey, CEO of NCPA. Pharmacies...

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In brief: PAYGO cuts, fee schedule update, FDA warning letter

December 3, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare is calling on stakeholders to contact their members of Congress to ask them to prevent broadly applied “deep” Medicare cuts for 2022.   The potential cuts stem from the application of pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) legislation that was enacted in 2010.   “If not addressed, PAYGO provisions would trigger automatic cuts across a range of federal programs to cover recent deficit spending increases – in this case, red ink incurred via the $1.9...

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It’s a ‘battle’: Pharmacy groups file PBM court brief

December 1, 2021HME News Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Four pharmacy groups, including the National Community Pharmacists Association, filed a court brief this week in support of a Louisiana law requiring pharmacy benefit managers administering Medicare Part D plans to reimburse pharmacies a 10-cent provider fee.  The case, Louisiana Independent Pharmacists Association v. Express Scripts, is the first test of a recent decision by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals that allows North Dakota and other states in the jurisdiction...

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NCPA names new president

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NCPA names new president

October 14, 2021HME News Staff

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Pharmacist Michele Belcher was installed as 2021-22 president of the National Community Pharmacists Association at the organization’s 2021 Annual Convention, held Oct. 9-12.  Belcher, of Grants Pass Pharmacy in Grants Pass, Ore., is active in her state pharmacy coalition and state association and has served on task force groups for the board of pharmacy. She has been an adviser for the entrepreneurial academy at OSU College of Pharmacy and is active in state legislation,...

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Seat at the table: NCPA talks DIR fees, COVID role with Sec. Becerra

July 22, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – B. Douglas Hoey, CEO of the National Community Pharmacists Association, came away from a recent roundtable discussion with Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra feeling “positive.”  “It’s my opinion that the secretary will be receptive to expanding (access) to health care and utilizing pharmacies to do that,” he said.  Hoey spoke with HME News recently about the meeting and where he thinks Becerra may stand on certain...

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NCPA’s Hoey tapped to lead global council

July 22, 2021HME News Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Doug Hoey has been elected as president of the World Pharmacy Council, an international group with a mission of building international recognition of community pharmacy and its role, policies and value. “Community pharmacies in many countries have been integral to the fight against COVID-19 pandemic,” said Hoey. “I am humbled to be elected by my international colleagues to promote the work pharmacists are doing around the world to improve quality of care,...

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