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Maine Community Pharmacy Owner Thanks Sen. Snowe for Supporting Inclusion of Common-Sense Reimbursement Provisions in Medicare Bill
Date:6/10/2008

st on the government's payment, and pay pharmacies late for their services.

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The new Medicaid reimbursement formula is based on the Average Manufacturer Price (AMP) from the 2005 Deficit Reduction Act's mandate to find $8.4 billion in Medicaid cuts, 90 percent coming from pharmacy reimbursement--although pharmacy only represents 2 percent of Medicaid spending. A Government Accountability Office Study from December of 2006 found that on average, pharmacies would get reimbursed 36 percent below cost. This objective was achieved by including several pricing categories that push down the typical acquisition costs to dispense drugs below what community pharmacies pay. The final rule was issued on July 17, 2007 and the implementation process was slated to end January 30, 2008. To stop this from taking effect, NCPA and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) filed a successful lawsuit that stopped the implementation from occurring in late 2007. The legal process is still ongoing.

The National Community Pharmacists Association, founded in 1898, represents the nation's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 pharmacies. The nation's independent pharmacies, independent pharmacy franchises, and independent chains dispense nearly half of the nation's retail prescription medicines. To learn more go to http://www.ncpanet.org.


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