January 31, 2013

Hospitals need retail pharmacy if they're going to reduce re-admissions, eliminate unnecessary healthcare costs and avoid penalties from Medicare for patient re-admission rates that are too high, under a new law that took effect Oct. 1. With that in mind, Walgreens created WellTransitions.

August 28, 2012

CVS Caremark and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have teamed up to increase awareness of the new services available under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. To announce the partnership and highlight new benefits and options for Medicare beneficiaries, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently visited a CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic in Jacksonville, Fla.

April 23, 2015

Retail health clinics are now a part of the health care landscape with the potential to become a much more powerful enabler of a “culture of health,” according to a recent report by Manatt Health, the health care division of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips.

April 22, 2015

Created in September 2009 with the merger of Phoenix-based United Drugs and Scottsboro, Ala.-based Associated Pharmacies, AAP remains a member-owned cooperative and buying group offering independent operators the negotiating power of a national pharmacy network “working together like a chain.”

April 22, 2015

With 544 pharmacies in 44 states — as well as more than 230 stores in Canada, China, India, Japan and the United Arab Emirates — Medicine Shoppe International has carved a niche in community pharmacy as an apothecary-style source for both personalized prescription counseling and specialized disease management expertise.

April 21, 2015

A Frost & Sullivan report released Tuesday found the self-monitoring blood-glucose meter market is threatened by reimbursement pressure and technological advancements. 

April 20, 2015

DSN examines chain pharmacy — including in-depth coverage of provider status, generics, pharmacy deserts, point-of-care testing and more — in this multi-page report.

April 20, 2015

"Certain aspects of sporting events are similar to governmental advocacy. In both instances there are winners and losers," writes National Community Pharmacists Association CEO B. Douglas Hoey in a recent blog post. 

April 7, 2015

The disparity between reimbursement rates and generic drug costs caused by a lag in payment is forcing many community pharmacies to operate at a negative margin.

March 25, 2015

NACDS leadership was on hand as the White House introduced the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network.

March 25, 2015

A new media initiative gets underway to promote the role that pharmacists can play in addressing challenges seniors face.

March 18, 2015

Bipartisan legislation to improve medication therapy management services for senior citizens enrolled in Medicare received a nod from NACDS.

March 13, 2015

Patient access, lower costs, accountability and collaborative care: those are the watchwords that define the nation’s overextended web of health care in 2015. And community pharmacy — the true face of neighborhood health care — offers some timely solutions to all of them.

March 13, 2015

Connecting all the dots in health care. That’s the ultimate goal in the health industry’s migration to an electronic platform, where doctors and other prescribers write prescriptions digitally and send them — directly and immediately — to a patient’s pharmacy for dispensing.

March 13, 2015

With health reform and the shift to accountable, evidence-based medicine slowly but surely transforming the nation’s massive but troubled healthcare system, new moves are afoot in both the legislative and executive branches of government that will further elevate the role played by the nation’s 300,000 pharmacists.

March 13, 2015

Thank you to the 114th Congress for welcoming the participants in the 2015 NACDS RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill! We appreciate the opportunity to meet with you and discuss the key policy issues that shape pharmacy patient care for your constituents.

March 9, 2015

DSN examines chain pharmacy, including in-depth coverage of provider status, kiosks, Medicare and the GPhA elections, in this multi-page report.

March 6, 2015

CVS Health's chief medical officer is addressing the National Business Group on Health.

March 4, 2015

In a meeting with nearly two dozen leaders representing consumers, insurers, providers and business leaders, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell on Jan. 26 announced measurable goals and a timeline to move the Medicare program, and the healthcare system at large, toward paying providers based on the quality of care they give patients.

March 4, 2015

The introduction in January of bipartisan legislation that would grant retail pharmacists provider status for Medicare patients in “underserved” communities certainly sounds like a step in the right direction.

March 3, 2015

Healthcare systems should increasingly focus on digital technology as tech-savvy seniors seek more online options to access healthcare services from their home, according to a recent survey.

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 9, 2015

Under new bipartisan legislation, seniors would have more convenient access to discounted or "preferred" co-pays for prescription drugs at their pharmacy of choice.

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.