Pharmacies

Pharmacy owner pleads guilty to obstructing Medicare audit, settles for $2.5M

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The owner of two pharmacies in Alabama has pleaded guilty to charges of obstructing a Medicare audit. He will pay a $2.5 million government penalty.

Pharmacy group wants SNF and AL beneficiaries exempted from Part D 'lock-in' provision

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The head of a new long-term care pharmacy advocacy group urged Congress on Thursday to exempt Medicare beneficiaries in nursing homes and assisted living facilities from a plan that would require them to use a single pharmacy for all medications.

Senators praised for protecting seniors

Senators praised for protecting seniors

Among a variety of key responsibilities, LTC pharmacies are accountable for compliance with increasingly complex medication and care management regimes.

Strength in unity is pharmacies' motto, and hope

Strength in unity is pharmacies' motto, and hope

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Growing up, we had a saying when we wanted to cross a busy street but couldn't catch a break from drivers. "C'mon," one of us would gamely yell, while pulling the others onto the roadway, "there's safety in numbers!"

Four tips on making smarter purchasing decisions

Four tips on making smarter purchasing decisions

Rising drug costs and declining reimbursements significantly impact profits, and long-term care pharmacies today have to do more with less.

Medicare Part B could have saved $110 million, OIG asserts

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If the Medicare Part B program had used average Medicare Part D drug dispensing and fee rates, it would have saved the government $110 million in 2011, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General released Sept. 16.

NeedyMeds offers apps to seniors

NeedyMeds offers apps to seniors

A national nonprofit group is offering two smartphone apps that allow consumers to research costs of prescription drugs. The NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card App helps users save on medications.

Short-cycle dispensing provision irks providers

Long-term care pharmacies are struggling with an Affordable Care Act provision related to short-cycle dispensing of brand name oral solid drugs, according to a recent letter from the Long Term Care Pharmacy Alliance and the National Community Pharmacists Association.

Pharmacist group proposes compromise to CMS on conflict-of-interest concerns

A consultant pharmacists' group has proposed a compromise on a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid recommendation that could have put independent pharmacists in nursing homes.

Pharmacists push for study before implementing short-cycle dispensing rule

The National Community Pharmacists Association on Tuesday called for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to collect additional data before implementing a rule that would shorten the medication dispensing cycle in long-term care facilities.

Community pharmacists, congressmen question CMS plan to shorten long-term care drug-dispensing cycles

There is "scant evidence" that implementing shorter prescription drug dispensing cycles in long-term care will actually reduce costs, according to a statement issues Monday from the National Community Pharmacists Association.

Federal officials scramble to alleviate flu vaccine shortage at nursing homes

Federal officials scramble to alleviate flu vaccine shortage at nursing homes

A nationwide shortage of seasonal flu vaccines at nursing homes has forced federal health officials to redirect existing supplies from chain pharmacies and supermarkets to facilities.