CMS Officially Puts Plans on Notice to Stop Using Pharmacy Gag Orders

From, May 18, 2018 As promised by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Azar at a briefing on the Drumpf Administration’s drug pricing blueprint earlier this week, on May 17th, 2018 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) notified all Medicare Part D plan sponsors that, “CMS finds any form of ‘gag clauses’… Read more »

Key House Panel Passes E-prescribing Bill

On May 9th, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the Every Prescription Conveyed Securely Act (H.R. 3528)-which would require e-prescribing for Schedule II through V controlled substances prescriptions covered under Medicare Part D to help address the opioid abuse epidemic. Pictured, at right is U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), one of the bill’s authors,… Read more »

Pharmacists to Serve on HHS Pain Management Task Force

From APhA As the medication experts on the patient’s health care team, pharmacists play an important role in chronic pain management and the prevention of misuse and abuse of opioids-a national epidemic that takes the lives of more than 115 people in the United States every day. Two members of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA),… Read more »

Community Pharmacy State of the Union

By Beth Mitchell, Director, Government Affairs, AmerisourceBergen DIR Fees: Proposal includes the idea of eliminating rebates so a flat price is in place. HHS issued a request for information re this idea and would like to hear from pharmacy advocates on this proposal.2018 has been bursting with activity in Washington, D.C. and state legislatures related to… 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 »

DeAnn Mullins Keynote Speaker

WSPC Attended NCPA Annual Convention Representing Our Members

Orlando, Florida, October 14 – 18, 2017 Providing our members with a competitive edge is our mission. WSPC attended the NCPA conference with a focus on advocacy, gathering industry insights, and building relationships. Our convention highlights include meeting with partner leaders, visiting the tradeshow, and hearing a unique group of inspirational speakers. We had the opportunity… 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 »

ThoughtSpot 2017: Advocacy In Action Panel Discussion

At ThoughtSpot 2017 AmerisourceBergen hosted an Advocacy in Action Panel Discussion. If you were not able to attend or would like to share the event with someone on your staff, we highly recommend listening to the recording and taking action. Below you will find additional information from AmerisourceBergen regarding the panel discussion. AmerisourceBergen is proud… Read more »