August 10, 2009
We lost a friend on Friday. Steve French was a hard working, good human being from Ripley in my home state of West Virginia. He managed a farm, took care of his family, and together with his wife and daughter, was raising two nephews because he loved them and it was the right thing to do. Steve…
July 31, 2009
Big news! Today (Friday, July 31), we understand that Congressman Butterfield (D-NC) intends to offer MTM grant language as an amendment in the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He has asked for support. His proposed amendment will mirror Section 213 of the Senate HELP bill, except for small…
July 31, 2009
We are hearing more and more about the significant impact that H1N1 influenza could have on our population as schools across the nation begin new terms in the next few days and weeks. We know that this particular strain can affect even the healthiest young people—in fact, this group is affected…
July 30, 2009
Recently, two Washington state pharmacists wrote an article for a local newspaper regarding the medication therapy management contributions pharmacists can make. Don Downing and Peggy Odegard wrote an opinion piece published in the Bellingham Herald paper that we think does a phenomenal job of…
July 30, 2009
OK folks, now is your chance... Your Senators and Representative will be home soon, and those of us who live in the Washington area will enjoy lighter traffic in our daily commutes. Meanwhile, you have a chance to visit your representatives or to attend functions they host while they are home and…
July 27, 2009
Hi folks, Every day we're hearing some new wrinkle in the Health Care Reform debate. I've heard some negativity from pharmacists who are concerned with how HCR will be financed. At the same time, we get positive feedback about our successes in getting pharmacists included in the Senate HELP…
July 24, 2009
Soldiers practice physical therapy at the Center for the Intrepid, Ft. Sam Houston, TX, on Nov. 17, 2008. Army photo by D. Myles Cullen (released) courtesy of Flickr user 'Army.mil' On Wednesday, I had the privilege to visit Ft. Sam Houston, Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) and the Intrepid…
July 23, 2009
We're waiting eagerly for HCR language from the Senate Finance Committee and we're working with the three House committees focused on HCR to get favorable language. Our lobbyists suggest that Senate Finance may wait until the House is on recess and the Senate is still in session. We had a rapid…
July 22, 2009
Tonight at 8:00 PM Eastern, President Obama will be holding a press conference about health care reform. We encourage every pharmacist to listen and to let us know what you think.
July 21, 2009
Over the last several weeks, if you're like me, you been reading and listening to the Health Care Reform debate in the House and Senate while President Obama pushes both to stay focused on the completion of legislation for his signature. As detail gets added to proposals, more opportunities for…