Navigation Links
Secretary of Public Welfare Corrects the Record on 'Smart Pharmacy' Initiative
Date:5/27/2009

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of Public Welfare Estelle B. Richman today responded to critics of the Smart Pharmacy initiative, saying the plan would save taxpayers $146 million annually while preserving consumer benefits and simplifying the pharmacy initiative for providers.

"The savings from the Smart Pharmacy initiative are real, not speculative," said Secretary Richman. "This is not a drill. Pennsylvania is facing a budget shortfall now and the savings from Smart Pharmacy will help us maintain Medical Assistance services for every low-income, disabled Pennsylvanian who relies on the initiative, rather than drain the system as some have suggested."

Richman went on to say that 21 other states have implemented initiatives like Smart Pharmacy, resulting in great savings for their taxpayers. The department currently pays for pharmacy services for over 800,000 individuals enrolled in the Medical Assistance Fee-for-Service initiative, with proven positive results.

"Consumers will not be affected by the implementation of Smart Pharmacy," said Richman. "The initiative will provide the same access to prescription drug coverage for the same consumers, while allowing managed care organizations to receive the most up-to-date pharmacy information."

Currently drug purchases are split between seven Medical Assistance managed care organizations, which by federal law are not eligible to receive rebates available to states. Becoming the single purchaser of medications for the Medical Assistance program will allow Pennsylvania to receive discounts that are seven times greater than those available to the managed care companies, saving taxpayers $146 million annually.

"The bottom line is that this initiative will save the commonwealth and taxpayers much needed dollars," said Secretary Richman. "With a budget as difficult as we are seeing this year, we can no longer afford to leave such a significant savings on the table."

    CONTACT:  Stacey Witalec
              (717) 787-4592


'/>"/>
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. NPC Newsmaker Program Hosts Briefing on Health Care Reform with Former HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt and Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle
2. Coalition Calls on Secretary of Health to Make Hospital Emergency Preparedness a Priority
3. Secretary Shinseki Announces $215 Million in Projects for Rural Veterans
4. Secretary of Health Unveils Pennsylvanias New Portable Hospitals in Lehigh County
5. Statement by Joseph A. Califano, Jr., Chairman and Founder, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University and Former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, on New Report by the National Association of Boards of Pha
6. NHPCO Welcomes Kathleen Sebelius as HHS Secretary
7. Overhaul of Genetic and Other Advanced Diagnostic Testing Regulations Necessary for Personalized Medicine, HHS Secretary Told
8. Pennsylvania Secretary Cortes Marks 100th Anniversary of State Board of Nursing
9. Pennsylvania Pork Products Safe During H1N1 Flu Outbreak, Says Ag Secretary
10. Pelosi Statement on Senate Confirmation of Kathleen Sebelius as Health and Human Services Secretary
11. American Life League: Pro-Life Senators Appoint Radically Pro-Abortion Sebelius as H.H.S. Secretary
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... ... TherapySites, the leading website and online marketing ... Association. This new relationship allows TherapySites to continue to extend their online ... and promotional offers. , "TCA is extremely excited about this new partnership, as ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... TopConsumerReviews.com recently awarded their highest five-star rating to ... of individuals in the United States and Canada wear eyeglasses. Once considered to be ... vision and make a fashion statement. Even celebrities use glasses as a way of ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... ... Pixel Film Studios Released ProSlice Levels, a Media Slicing Effect Plugin ... whole new perspective by using the title layers in ProSlice Levels to split-up ... Levels contains over 30 Different presets to choose from. FCPX users can ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... Many women are ... with endometriosis. These women need a treatment plan to not only alleviate symptoms ... can help for preservation of fertility and ultimately achieving a pregnancy. The specialists ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... temporary closing of Bruton Memorial Library on June 21 due to a possible lice infestation, ... aspect of head lice: the parasite’s ability to live away from a human host, and ... necessary one in the event that lice have simply gotten out of control. , As ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Roche (SIX: ... 510(k) clearance for its Elecsys BRAHMS PCT (procalcitonin) assay ... sepsis or septic shock. With this clearance, Roche is ... a fully integrated solution for sepsis risk assessment and ... with bacterial infection and PCT levels in blood can ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Bracket , ... launch its next generation clinical outcomes platform, Bracket eCOA (SM) ... held on June 26 – 30, 2016 in ... first electronic Clinical Outcome Assessment product of its kind to ... #715. Bracket eCOA 6.0 is a flexible platform ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... LONDON , June 23, 2016 ... environments  Oticon , industry leaders in ... the launch of Oticon Opn ™, the world,s ... world of possibilities for IoT devices.      ... Opn, Oticon introduces a number of ,world firsts,: ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: