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Call for entries: 2010 C.A.R.E. Awards

BY Drug Store News Team

NEW YORK Retail Clinician, in conjunction with the Convenient Care Association, is putting out a call for entries for the third annual Clinician Awards for Retail Excellence, which recognize outstanding achievements in patient care among nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

Last year, C.A.R.E. awards recognized the achievements of Sharon Kulzick of Aurora Quickcare; Marilyn Brown of MinuteClinic; and Albertina De La Osa of Take Care Health Systems with the Unsung Heroes Award. Linda Ritchie and Diana Adams of Take Care Health Systems were honored with the Unsung Heroes-Collaboration Award, and Suzanne Oliver with the Unsung Heroes-Holistic Care Award. In addition, Tine Hansen-Turton, executive director of the Convenient Care Association, was recognized for her leadership in the convenient care setting, and Mona Counts of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners was recognized for a life’s worth of dedication to health care.

 

This year, three NPs/PAs will be recognized for going above and beyond in the care of their patients. In addition, there will be a C.A.R.E. Lifetime Achievement Award and a C.A.R.E. Executive-of-the-Year Award, recognizing the contributions made to the industry by a headquarter-level executive.

 

 

The only criteria are that the nominee must work for a convenient care clinic or an employer-based health center/clinic and, of course, deliver outstanding service and care to his/her patients. Winners will be selected by the Retail Clinician editorial board of advisers and the CCA.

 

Nominations are open through June 30. To nominate an NP/PA, e-mail Rob Eder at [email protected] about how the individual has demonstrated outstanding service or exceptional patient care (no more than 200 words please), or mail your nomination to Rob Eder, editor-in-chief of Drug Store News, 425 Park Ave., 6th Floor, New York, NY 10022.

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NCPA urges delay of PECOS changes that could deter community pharmacy industry

BY Alaric DeArment

ALEXANDRIA, Va. Fearing that the implementation of an electronic provider enrollment program for Medicare Part B in its current form by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services could disrupt Part B beneficiaries’ ability to obtain access to their services and supplies, the National Community Pharmacists Association is hoping that the CMS will delay its implementation and make other changes.

The provider enrollment, chain and ownership system is an online system that Part B providers can use instead of paper enrollment so that they can sell durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies, also known as DMEPOS.

The CMS originally had planned to roll out PECOS on Tuesday, but it announced June 30 that while the original implementation date would still be effective, it would “not implement changes that would automatically reject claims based on orders, certifications, and referrals made by providers that have not yet had their applications approved by July 6, 2010.” The NCPA had asked the CMS to delay implementation until Jan. 3, 2011.

Other recommendations made by the NCPA included requiring pharmacy access to nightly provider-referrer enrollment updates to PECOS and removing requirements to include the teaching physician as the ordering or referring supplier and the legal name of the physician or eligible provider on the claim.

“Community pharmacies appreciate and support the PECOS program’s effort to reduce waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare,” NCPA acting EVP and CEO Douglas Hoey said. “However, the slow pace of enrollment and database updates, along with other deficiencies, creates headaches for community pharmacies and could limit access to Medicare Part B medical supplies for seniors, especially in underserved areas.”

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Merck announces global consolidation plan

BY Alaric DeArment

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. Merck will close down eight of its research and development sites and eight of its manufacturing sites as part of a global consolidation plan, the drug maker said Thursday.

The plan will result in around 15% of the company’s staff being laid off as Merck seeks to create a “flexible” research and development organization that focuses on innovation, external collaboration and growth in the company’s product pipeline.

“Today’s announcement is another important step as we successfully integrate our global operations on schedule and move forward with Merck’s strategic priorities,” chairman and CEO Richard Clark said. “These changes are crucial to drive future growth and realize the promise of being a global healthcare leader for the long term.”

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