Vermont on Friday became the last state in the nation to legalize electronic prescriptions for controlled substances — a measure that many states have adopted as a way to combat the abuse of controlled substances and prevent individuals from resorting to fraudulent paper prescriptions.
The National Association of Chain Drugs Stores celebrated Albertsons/Safeway and Kinney Drugs for the companies’ political advocacy and grassroots activities at NACDS Total Store Expo, Friday evening at the NACDS Political Involvement reception.
NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson discusses the NACDS RxImpact grassroots advocacy program, which can serve as a resource for pharmacy professionals to learn how to engage and educate lawmakers about key pharmacy issues.
“A profound, and likely irreversible, impact on the business of health care.” That’s the effect the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act already has had in the five years since its passage and enactment into law, PricewaterhouseCoopers said.
Variations in how states have implemented the insurance eligibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act have “led to highly diverse, geographically dependent health reform experiences,” noted PwC’s Health Research Institute, and made the states “key players in health reform.”
Health insurers are responding by “changing their fundamental business model,” PwC’s Health Research Institute noted in its report on U.S. health industry trends in the wake of the Affordable Care Act.
Like the regulatory changes that spawned the modern era of telecommunications in the mid-1990s, the health reform law has unleashed a tide of innovation and competitive disruption that’s rippling through the nation’s shifting healthcare system.