APhA board members head to Capitol Hill for H.R. 4190
WASHINGTON — The American Pharmacists Association’s board of trustees went to Capitol Hill last week to talk to members of Congress and their staff about provider status. Combined, APhA participated in nearly 40 Hill meetings, Thomas Menighan, APhA EVP and CEO, stated on the association’s website.
Each member of the board met with Congress. On the House side, APhA asked members of Congress and their staff to cosponsor H.R. 4190, legislation that would provide Medicare beneficiaries with access to, and coverage for, pharmacist-provided patient care services in medically underserved communities.
A Senate bill has not yet been introduced, but each of APhA’s board members informed senators and staff about pharmacists’ abilities and knowledge, as well as updated them on H.R. 4190.
“It is always a pleasure to represent APhA and our members on the Hill. That Monday was particularly exciting because I was joined by our board members. The results of our activism are showing. We currently have 63 cosponsors for H.R. 4190, and the list grows every day,” Menighan said.
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New Quick Care Clinic joins Hy-Vee in Kearney, Neb.
KEARNEY, Neb. — A Quick Care Clinic opened its doors inside a Hy-Vee earlier this month, according to a local report.
The clinic, which opened June 9, marks the first retail-based clinic in the city, the Kearney Hub reported.
According to the report, Good Samaritan Hospital rents the 500-sq.-ft. space, but has turned the day-to-day operations over to the Kearney Clinic.
According to a statement on the Kearney Clinic website, “No appointment necessary, Walk up, Sign in and be seen!! The Quick Care clinic is located near the HyVee Pharmacy. The Quick Care Clinic provides care for simple medical needs: including Colds, sore throat, Flu symptoms, ear aches, and other minor illnesses. They also provide pregnancy testing. Patients must be 2 years of age or older.”
Hy-Vee has clinics in 18 of its 237 supermarkets in eight states and expects to have clinics in 100 stores by the end of 2015, Tara Deering-Hansen, Hy-Vee director of corporate communications in West Des Moines, Iowa, was quoted as saying.