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In brief: Lower premiums, NMEDA training, Rehab Medical’s expansion


WASHINGTON – Premiums for plans are lower for the third consecutive year, according to a new report from CMS.

Community Rx ready to provide coronavirus vaccinations


ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Eighty-six percent of community pharmacists say they plan to offer coronavirus vaccines when then hit the marketplace, according to a new survey by the National Community Pharmacists Association.

In brief: OIG report, call for proposals, new videocast


WASHINGTON – Medicare contractors were inconsistent in how they reviewed overpayments during the appeals process, says the Office of Inspector General in a new report.

HME providers, community pharmacists seek recognition

Recent win in Pennsylvania means providers are eligible for hazard pay

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – HME providers and community pharmacists have continued to serve on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic – and like other health care providers, they want to be recognized for that.

Business changes due to COVID-19 will ‘outlast disease,’ survey says


ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Sixty one percent of community pharmacists expect to offer point-of-care testing for various illnesses, including COVID-19 when it becomes available, according to a new survey* from the National Community Pharmacists Association.

In brief: AAHomecare comments on IFR, NSM buys CRT-supplies combo


WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has submitted its comments on an Interim Final Rule that provides relief for suppliers treating patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

NCPA lauds new pilot program for COVID testing


ALEXANDRIA, N.Y. – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced a new pilot program that involves independent pharmacies conducting up to 7,000 COVID-19 tests per week.

NCPA launches two campaigns


ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Community Pharmacists Association has launched Fight4Rx to alert patients to the growing risk that their neighborhood pharmacy may close.

NCPA urges other states to follow New York’s lead


ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Community Pharmacists Association, which represents more than 21,000 independent pharmacies across the country, lauds New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for authorizing independent pharmacies to serve as COVID-19 test centers.

NCPA calls on CMS to recognize pharmacists as care providers


WASHINGTON – The National Community Pharmacists Association is urging CMS to recognize pharmacist services beyond dispensing of medications.