ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association on Tuesday announced it will hold its 45th annual Legislative Conference May 7 to 8 in Washington, D.C.
“This is a pivotal year for independent community pharmacy, with issues such as cuts to Medicare reimbursement rates for diabetes testing supplies, mandatory mail order programs and changes to compounding regulations on the table,” stated Douglas Hoey, NCPA CEO. “With the creation and expansion of state healthcare exchanges also taking shape this year, the role of the pharmacist in the delivery of healthcare services is more important than ever. Our Legislative Conference will give members of Congress and others a chance to hear directly from the people on the front lines of providing patient care in their local communities."
The conference will feature panels and briefings with congressional and federal agency staff, a rally on Capitol Hill and personal visits with members of Congress.
The event will coincide with Community Pharmacy Advocacy Week May 6-10. That week, community pharmacists will meet with their elected officials and other decisionmakers in Washington and at home, as well as state policymakers, to discuss bipartisan pro-patient, pro-pharmacist policies to improve health outcomes and reduce costs.
This year, NCPA is debuting a new, shorter conference schedule to give NCPA members more flexibility while still maximizing their time and advocacy efforts during their visit to Washington. The registration fee has also been reduced to ease the cost of attending, the association noted.
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