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CPhA hails injunction to halt Medi-Cal cuts

BY Alaric DeArment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. A pharmacy organization heralded a federal court decision Wednesday to halt cuts to California’s state Medicaid program.

The California Pharmacists Association welcomed the decision by federal judge Christina Snyder in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles to issue an injunction to stop reductions in pharmacy reimbursements under the Medi-Cal program. The cuts, included in last year’s state budget, would have reduced Medicaid beneficiaries’ access to medications, the organization said.

“We obviously are very pleased with the ruling from judge Snyder,” CPhA CEO Lynn Rolston said. “We recognize the serious and ongoing problems facing the state as it tries to balance its state budget.”

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Solantic launches mobile Web site

BY Antoinette Alexander

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Solantic walk-in urgent care has launched a mobile phone Web site that can be accessed by any mobile phone device that has Web-browsing capability.

 

The site features a listing of the company’s urgent care, wellness and workers’ comp/occupational health services; urgent care prices; insurances accepted; and information regarding Solantic’s urgent care locations in North Florida, North Central Florida, Central Florida, the Treasure Coast and South Florida. The application also includes click-through links to Google maps to assist users in locating the nearest Solantic center.

 

The site can be accessed at m.solantic.com.

Since its founding in 2001, Solantic has been a leader in applying retail concepts to the practice of urgent care medicine. Solantic has been referred to in the media as the "Starbucks of health care" as it posts simplified, three-tiered pricing on large menu boards, displays wait times on queue monitors, offers online registration, Solantic gift cards and a guarantee on its services — if a patient doesn’t feel better they can return to Solantic and be treated for free.

 

The company currently operates 32 centers, with plans to expand in 2010 through hospital joint ventures and franchising with physicians.

 

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NCPA to host three-day legislative conference

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON Hundreds of community pharmacists plan to rally in Washington next week for a three-day legislative conference with more than a dozen members of Congress, an organization representing independent pharmacists said Thursday.

The National Community Pharmacists Association announced the conference, taking place Monday through Wednesday at Washington’s Hyatt Regency.

Obama administration officials speaking at the event will include Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services chief medical officer for the Center for Beneficiary Choice Jeff Kelman and Federal Trade Commission deputy director of the Bureau of Competition Peter Levitas, both speaking Monday. On Tuesday and Wednesday, attendees will hear from such congressional speakers as Reps. Wally Herger, R-Calif., and Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo., and Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. On Wednesday, they will attend a pharmacy rally on Capitol Hill where speakers will include Reps. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., Gerry Connolly, D-Va., Geoff Davis, R-Ky., and Walter Jones, R-N.C.

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