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NCPA goes on record on PBM games

July 15, 2021HME News Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Community Pharmacists Association, as part of a congressional hearing on Tuesday, submitted a statement on the record pushing the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust and Consumer Rights to scrutinize the role of vertically integrated for-profit companies that have affiliated with pharmacy benefit managers. “The ability of PBMs to game the system not only results in the closure of pharmacies in rural and underserved communities...

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Pharmacy associations go back to court

July 6, 2021HME News Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A group of nine pharmacy associations, including the National Community Pharmacists Association, has filed a friend of the court brief in the Eighth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals defending North Dakota’s right to regulate pharmacy benefit managers. The case, Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) v. Wehbi, is the first to consider at the federal appellate level the scope of the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision last year upholding an Arkansas...

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In brief: Noridian provides guidance, Lifeway Mobility gets PE boost, Medicaid gets new director

July 2, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – Noridian Healthcare Solutions has posted FAQs for Jurisdictions A and D on the impact of the Philips recall on coverage and billing for Medicare beneficiaries, AAHomecare has reported.  Among the questions in the FAQ:  How should DME suppliers address the situation with Medicare beneficiaries who are in the first 90-days adherence metric in the PAP and RAD Local Coverage Determinations (LCDs)?  Response: During the Public Health Emergency...

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NCPA participates in roundtable conversation with HHS Secretary

June 30, 2021HME News Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – B. Douglas Hoey, the CEO of the National Community Pharmacists Association, participated in a roundtable discussion with Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and leaders of several other provider organizations to discuss the expanding role of community pharmacies in health care.  Hoey discussed four priorities for independent pharmacists:  Eliminating retroactive price concessions, known as pharmacy DIR fees, which are imposed on pharmacies by...

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Event news: NCPA, ISS

June 10, 2021HME News Staff

Registration is now open for the National Community Pharmacists Association’s 2021 Annual Convention, Oct. 9-12 in Charlotte, N.C. This year’s in-person event is a great opportunity to reconnect with neighborhood pharmacy colleagues and allies at the premier event for owners and their staff, says NCPA President Brian Caswell. “Though travel was curbed and meetings were held online, in many ways, independent pharmacy came together as never before to serve our communities, adapt to...

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NCPA weighs in on legislation 

May 20, 2021HME News Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Community Pharmacists Association supports a bill in the New York state legislature that would require reimbursement to be no lower than the Medicaid fee-for-service program. Under the proposed bill, SB 6603, what a PBM reimburses pharmacies must be based on the national average drug acquisition cost (NADAC) - a simple average of the drug acquisition costs submitted by pharmacies - plus a professional dispensing fee. The professional dispensing fee is established...

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NCPA extends its ‘Truth’ campaign 

April 29, 2021HME News Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The National Community Pharmacists Association is extending its “The Truth” campaign, which resulted in 2.5 million impressions on social media and more than 27,000 letters to state lawmakers in its first 12 weeks. First launched in October 2020 and fully launched in January, the campaign seeks to educate state legislators, regulators and patients about how pharmacy benefit managers manipulate drug costs, steer patients to PBM-affiliated pharmacies and...

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NCPA says DIR fees threaten pharmacies

February 12, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – After failing to get relief on direct and indirect remuneration fees through legislative and regulatory pathways, the National Community Pharmacists Association says it was left no choice but to file a lawsuit to stop what it says is an “existential threat” to independent pharmacies.  The lawsuit, filed in January against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, states that the fees are without reasonable transparency,...

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NCPA: Community Rx vital in distributing COVID-19 vaccine

November 12, 2020HME News Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The National Community Pharmacists Association welcomed the news that community pharmacies will be included in the network of health care providers approved to give COVID-19 vaccines. “Community pharmacies outnumber any of the largest chains, and they very often serve populations for whom there are no other accessible health care providers,” said NCPA CEO Douglas Hoey. “Defeating COVID-19 means relying on community pharmacies. Based on what we are hearing from...

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NCPA seeks scrutiny of PBM partnership

October 23, 2020HME News Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The National Community Pharmacists Association says that a partnership between two pharmacy benefit managers will harm local pharmacies.In a letter to The National Association of Attorneys General, the NCPA asks for scrutiny of the partnership between Express Scripts and Prime Therapeutics.Express Scripts is owned by Cigna and controls prescriptions for 75 million people; Prime Therapeutics is owned by a consortium of Blue Cross Blue Shield companies and covers more than 30 million...

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