March 31, 2010
In a recent blog, I thanked our Government Affairs staff and those of other pharmacy organizations for sticking together to achieve success in the health care reform process. In addition, lots of others deserve thanks and recognition for their efforts during this important time in pharmacy history…
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March 23, 2010
The health care reform (HCR) bill signed this morning by President Obama includes provisions to ensure patient access to pharmacists’ medication therapy management (MTM) services, medications, and a viable pharmacy infrastructure. These critical services reduce the toll of inappropriate medication…
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March 21, 2010
At this writing, the passage of health care reform legislation appears imminent. This morning, the Democrats announced they now have the necessary 216 votes. Like many comprehensive proposals, this bill may need to be "tweaked" in years to come as we see the benefits roll out (which in some cases…
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March 18, 2010
On a gram-for-gram basis, many drugs are now more expensive than gold. That fact is not lost on the criminals among us, as reflected in a pharmacist.com news story detailing several recent heists of medications and nutritional products. But remember one thing: These thieves wouldn't have risked…
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March 17, 2010
Nearly 7,000 of my closest friends just left Washington. Those who experienced APhA2010 went home re-energized and enthusiastic about our profession! Teachers came to learn, and many learners found themselves teaching. Our job as your association is to find the best and the brightest and to provide…
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March 12, 2010
By 8:30 this Friday morning, one inch of the APhA Annual Meeting was complete! I sat in the staff office at the convention center in Washington, DC, and thinned out the binder that contains schedules, scripts and "continuities," contact information, presentations, and background information.…
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March 10, 2010
I received a call yesterday from Chris Worral and Jeff Kelman of CMS, one relating news that affects the provision of Part D prescription drugs to more than 123,000 Medicare beneficiaries. Pharmacists, as front-line practitioners, will be instrumental in helping patients understand the situation…
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March 4, 2010
As the House of Representatives "Rangels" about its leadership, APhA has been meeting about meetings! Earlier this week, our staff conducted our final preconference planning meeting (“precon”) for the Annual Meeting coming up on March 12–15 here in Washington. Our staff is really pumped, and it was…
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February 17, 2010
Recently, I participated in the quarterly meeting of the Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners (JCPP), where the "Ns" and the "As" of pharmacy convene to discuss professionwide issues. These groups are dedicated, and more importantly, united in a shared vision where pharmacists take…
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February 12, 2010
(The below e-mail message was sent to Allison Wiley, one of our dedicated Government Affairs staffers, by Julie Stading of Creighton University. Following that is a message I sent to Dr. Stading after Kristina Lunner, our VP of Government Affairs, told me about this great feedback.) Allison, I…
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