February 26, 2015

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has submitted a statement to the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health expressing concerns about pharmacy-related budget proposals.

February 5, 2015

In this issue, DSN looks at another three hot spot issues identified by PwC’s HRI that will help define how health care is provided in 2015.

January 29, 2015

On the heels of Wednesday’s news that the U.S. House of Representatives introduced bipartisan legislation that would formally designate pharmacists as healthcare providers under Medicare Part B, the U.S. Senate has followed suit with a companion bill.

January 28, 2015

Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would formally designate pharmacists as healthcare providers under Medicare Part B.

January 27, 2015

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced goals and a timeline to move the Medicare program toward paying providers based on the quality of care they give patients.

 

January 6, 2015

Gilead Sciences’ Harvoni and Sovaldi drugs will be exclusive to CVS Health’s Standard Commercial, Exchange (Marketplace), Medicare Part D and Medicaid formularies.

December 18, 2014

The U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging unveiled a new bipartisan report earlier this week that focuses on ways to increase the use of generic drugs within the Medicare Part D program.

December 10, 2014

Cigarette smoking generates as much as $170 billion in annual healthcare spending in the United States, accounting for 8.7% of the total healthcare spend.

December 1, 2014

NACDS advocated for the voluntary ability of pharmacies to extend their reward and loyalty programs to beneficiaries in government programs.

November 13, 2014

CVS Health is embarking on an outreach campaign to help customers understand the insurance options during the upcoming Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment period of Nov. 15 to Feb. 15.

November 6, 2014

H-E-B on Thursday partnered with the American Diabetes Association to announce the launch of H-E-B Nutrition Services.

 

November 3, 2014

Only 1% of eligible Medicare Part D beneficiaries get MTM services today.

 

October 17, 2014

With open enrollment for the 2015 health insurance plan year set to begin on Nov. 15, National Association of Chain Drug Stores members were invited by Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell to participate in a pharmacy issues meeting on Friday.

October 15, 2014

Health Mart this week launched a series of new marketing tools to enable members to assist Medicare beneficiaries in choosing coverage plans that are right for them.

October 14, 2014

During the upcoming annual Medicare Part D enrollment period Rite Aid is offering free resources. 

October 13, 2014

Cardinal Health on Monday launched a Medication Therapy Management Solution to help payers improve both the quality of care their members receive and their performance on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Five-Star Quality Ratings System. 

October 13, 2014

Quality associated with Medicare Advantage and the Part D Prescription Drug Program is on the rise, according to a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services blog post published Friday.

October 13, 2014

The new ShopRite of Howard Park celebrated on Oct. 11 the grand opening of Q-Care health clinic, a first of its kind in Maryland for a Federally-Qualified Health Center.

October 7, 2014

Walgreens on Tuesday announced it has more than doubled its preferred network relationships with national Medicare Part D plan sponsors for 2015. 

September 10, 2014

The Generic Pharmaceutical Association on Wednesday released a report showing that generic drugs saved the United States health system $239 billion in 2013.

September 8, 2014

The number of uninsured is expected to decline by nearly half from 45 million in 2012 to 23 million by 2023 as a result of the coverage expansions associated with the Affordable Care Act.

September 3, 2014

The Department of Health and Human Services last week published a final rule that allows healthcare providers more flexibility in how they use certified electronic health record technology to meet meaningful use for an EHR Incentive Program reporting period for 2014. 

 

September 3, 2014

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced on Wednesday that it has written to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to “recommend administrative changes to facilitate a smooth start for new exchange enrollees seeking prescription drug coverage in the 2015 plan year.”


August 20, 2014

“All providers in the healthcare system should practice to the fullest extent allowed by their license.”