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:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... Hannah Randall, PharmD ‘17, and Jennifer Huggins, PharmD ’17, along with clinical ... the primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases during the 15th Annual Women’s Health ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Somerset ... of specialty vendors and unique items from across the nation, this holiday-themed event will ... services offered by the VNA. The boutique will be open Saturday, November 4 ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... be giving viewers the lowdown on sciatica in a new episode of "Success ... focuses on current events and innovation and investigates each subject in-depth with passion ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... advisory services for healthcare compliance program management, will showcase a range of technology ... Association for Assisted Living (NCAL) Convention and Expo to be held October 14–18, ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... IsoComforter, Inc. ... products, announced today the introduction of an innovative new design of the shoulder pad. ... so you get maximum comfort while controlling your pain while using cold therapy. By ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/5/2017)... 2017  In response to the nationwide opioid ... Surgeons (AAOMS) released prescribing recommendations that urge ibuprofen ... as a first-line therapy to manage a patient,s ... Recognizing the value and importance of ... Prescribing: Acute and Postoperative Pain Management" stresses that ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO ... LLC , and named its founder as Diplomat,s chief ... Tennessee , will operate under Diplomat subsidiary ... offerings for health care partners to include IT outsourcing, ... "In an interoperable world, technology delivers comprehensive insight ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... COPENHAGEN, Denmark , Oct. 2, 2017 The ... tool in the struggle to reverse the tide of prescription ... plan for regulating their medicine intake and stepping down their ... is set to launch in December 2017; the first 100,000 ... access. Learn more at http://www.rebound-solution.com/ ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: