Alaska Pharmacy Association: Taking Action

This year marks 53 years of Alaskan pharmacists gathering at the Alaska Pharmacy Association Convention and Trade Show. This year’s convention, in February, took place at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel. Mellissa Ellis, WSPC Business Consultant (pictured at left with WSPC Alaska Regional Leader Dirk White), joined WSPC members to attend and host a booth. “As… Read more »

What HR 9 Means for Your Pharmacy Business and How You Can Get Involved

by Dirk White, RPh, EVP of Legislative Affairs & Regional Leader for Alaska ’Tis the season, or so it seems in retail, always a season or holiday. Which season is this you ask? Well, legislative season, when almost every state legislative body gavels back into session, and we take up old legislation left intact or… Read more »

California Pharmacists

California Pharmacists Feel the Pressure

Medi-Cal’s planned clawback recoupment is putting an even greater squeeze on community pharmacy and jeopardizing patient healthcare. The California Pharmacist Association (CPhA) is asking for your help. Through legislation and advocacy, CPhA leads the battle against the Department of Healthcare Services (DHCS), who oversees Medi-Cal. The critical decision made by DHCS to not carve out… Read more »

NCPA Pharmacy Fly In

2019 Congressional Pharmacy Fly-In

Join our EVP of Legislative Affairs, Dirk White, RPh, and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) for the 2019 Congressional Pharmacy Fly-In! Fly in, get briefed, go to Capitol Hill, share your story with member of Congress, and fly home. It’s a small investment of your time that can make a whopping difference in how… Read more »

NCPA Advocacy Efforts

Think the NCPA’s Advocacy Efforts Don’t Affect You? Think Again…

Getting results from Congress, federal agencies, state legislatures, and the courts takes strategy and patience. Throughout that process, it’s critical for you to be informed and engaged. These select examples help illustrate the benefits of National Community Pharmacist Association (NCPA) advocacy efforts; in the past year alone, NCPA has: Coordinated 153 industry stakeholders to sign… Read more »

Not On My Watch

NOT ON MY WATCH! … Again … NOT ON MY WATCH! … Again…

By Dirk White, RPh, Executive Vice President, Legislative Affairs, WSPC As you may recall, this was how Georgia Congressman Doug Collins ended his keynote speech at ThoughtSpot this year. It was a great reminder of the importance of political action. In my home state, many elections have been won or lost on a single vote,… Read more »

The 4 Policy Changes Hitting Pharmacies

By Valerie DeBenedette, DrugTopics Here’s a sentence that has been true for millennia: Change is coming. In pharmacy, for the next six months to two years, this could be truer than ever as laws and regulations come into effect that could benefit the profession. Some expected changes have been long sought for, while others are… Read more »

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Host a Member of Congress in Your Pharmacy During Congressional Recess

Timely information from Elevate Provider NetworkSM: Make the most of upcoming opportunities to engage members of Congress while they are back home by inviting them to visit your pharmacy! Upcoming in-district work periods are currently scheduled for May 25-June 4, June 29- July 9, and July 27-Sept. 3. Since January, more than 20 members of… Read more »

Photo Left to Right: Beth Lea (ABC), Prescott Godwin (The Medicine Center Pharmacy), Mrs. Godwin, Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC), Cindy Mincy, Bill Mincy (PPSC), Peter Kounelis (ABC), & Beth Mitchell (ABC)

Advocating Together on Capitol Hill-NCPA Congressional Pharmacy Summit

Portions of this article were provided by the Elevate Provider Network and the NCPA On April 11-12, Beth Lea, National Director of Managed Care for AmerisourceBergen (ABC); Peter Kounelis, VP of Elevate Provider Network; Greg Reybold, Director of State Government Affairs for ABC; and Beth Mitchell, Director of Government Affairs for ABC, attended the National… Read more »

NCPA Members List Top 2018 Policy Priorities

For the second year in a row, retroactive pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration fees rank as the top legislative and regulatory priority for members of the National Community Pharmacists Association. More than 37 percent of respondents chose DIR fees as the top concern. This is the fifth year in a row for the annual survey, which… Read more »