Navigation Links
NCPA Statement Urging Congress to Include Pharmacy Provisions in Medicare-Medicaid Legislation
Date:12/10/2007

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chair of the Senate Finance Committee, is negotiating directly with House leadership on a must-pass Medicare bill this year. Baucus had contemplated having a Medicare-Medicaid mark-up in his committee last week, but with Congress' scheduled adjournment coming soon; he opted for this expedited option. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), chair of the House Ways & Means Committee; Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.), chair of the House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee; Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), chair of the House Energy & Commerce Committee; and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), chair of the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee, will each play a key role in any compromises to follow. In response Bruce Roberts, RPh, executive vice president and CEO of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) issued the following statement:

"If the first role of government is to do no harm, then the U.S. Congress will be shirking its duties if it leaves for the holidays without acting on pressing legislative matters regarding the present and future viability of community pharmacies.

"Congress must correct flaws in Medicare and Medicaid that hinder community pharmacies' ability to provide patients with prescription drug services and undermine the basic tenets of our free market system. Business acumen should determine whether community pharmacies are successful, not unnecessarily slow Medicare reimbursements and irresponsibly low Medicaid reimbursements that cause serious financial distress.

"Congress can fix this two-headed problem, but a sense of urgency in Congress is needed to stop the hemorrhaging of community pharmacies. Pharmacy benefit managers, who get paid to administer prescription drug plans in advance, have deliberately delayed paying community pharmacies for their Medicare Part D prescription drug claims. As a result these 'drug middlemen' earn interest off the float accrued from the loans cash-strapped community pharmacies are forced to take out. This unscrupulous practice was the driving factor in five percent of community pharmacies closing in 2006, with every indication that trend has continued in 2007.

"Making matters worse, early next year Medicaid will institute cuts averaging 36 percent below the acquisition cost of Medicaid generic prescription drugs according to the Government Accountability Office. This may force additional pharmacy closures that will put patients in the untenable position of having to find more expensive, less convenient, and limited prescription drug services.

"We urge the Senate and House leadership to include the common-sense provisions contained in the specific legislative fixes pending in Congress--for Medicare the bills are S.1954 and H.R.1474, and for Medicaid the bills are S.1951 and H.R.3140/3700."

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.


'/>"/>
SOURCE National Community Pharmacists Association
Copyright©2007 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Olympic Gold Medalist Marion Jones-Thompson Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements in Two Separate Federal Criminal Investigations
2. Statement of Eli Lilly and Company on Dr. David Egilman Settlement:
3. Takeda statement on ACTOS meta-analysis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association
4. Takeda Statement on ACTOS(R) (Pioglitazone HCl) Meta-Analysis Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association
5. Statement by Mike Leavitt Secretary of Health and Human Services on the United States-China Bilateral Meetings on Food and Drug Safety
6. Statement by Oscar S. Wyatt, Jr.
7. Statement from Employment Policies Institute on Senator Hillary Clintons Health Care Plan
8. Pelosi Statement on Proposed Entitlement Task Force
9. Statement by Robert Greenstein, Executive Director of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, on the New Congressional SCHIP Agreement
10. Statement on House/Senate Agreement on SCHIP Legislation
11. Statement from the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Talented ... the lowdown on sciatica in a new episode of "Success Files," which is ... events and innovation and investigates each subject in-depth with passion and integrity. , ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... WILMINGTON, Del. (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 ... ... technology and advisory services for healthcare compliance program management, will showcase a range ... and National Association for Assisted Living (NCAL) Convention and Expo to be held ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... , ... October 12, 2017 , ... IsoComforter, Inc. ( ... announced today the introduction of an innovative new design of the shoulder pad. ... you get maximum comfort while controlling your pain while using cold therapy. By utilizing ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Dr. Parsa Mohebi, the Los ... article to the newly revamped Cosmetic Town journal section, featuring articles ... procedure known as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). , Dr. Mohebi says ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... named one of Michigan’s 2017 Best and Brightest in Wellness® by Best and ... Wellness® awards program on Friday, Oct. 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/23/2017)... , Sept. 22, 2017 Janssen Biotech, Inc. ... response letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ... of sirukumab for the treatment of moderately to severely ... additional clinical data are needed to further evaluate the ... severely active RA. ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... Ky. , Sept. 19, 2017   ZirMed Inc ... predictive analytics, today announced that it has been ranked #1 ... Black Book™ Rankings 2017 User Survey. ZirMed was ... solution for large hospitals and medical centers over 200 beds ... Black Book,s healthcare technology user survey history. ...
(Date:9/12/2017)... YORK , Sept. 12, 2017   EcoVadis , the leading ... has published the first annual edition of its Global CSR Risk and ... companies evaluated by EcoVadis, based on Scorecard Ratings that analyzed nearly 800,000 ... ... Index ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: