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Ohio Medicaid program: Beneficiaries can continue getting diabetes testing supplies from local pharmacies

BY Allison Cerra

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Ohio’s Medicaid program has decided not to establish a competitive bidding and mandatory mail-order program for diabetes testing supplies.

In a letter sent to the National Community Pharmacists Association, Ohio state Medicaid director John McCarthy said the state has opted for a manufacturer rebate model that gives the state access to discounted pricing from manufacturers. The NCPA said the state’s decision was in response to advocacy efforts by the Ohio Pharmacists Association and a letter sent by the NCPA explaining the negative consequences that requiring mail order would have on diabetic Medicaid beneficiaries and the independent pharmacies that serve them.

"Independent pharmacists are part of the solution when it comes to high costs, especially in Medicaid," NCPA CEO Douglas Hoey said. "Ohio’s Medicaid program found a compromise that maintains beneficiary choice and access to diabetes testing strips. We look forward to working collaboratively with Ohio and other states to reduce healthcare costs in a responsible and effective manner that doesn’t have unintended consequences. A special acknowledgement must be given to the Ohio Pharmacists Association and Ernie Boyd who took the lead in working toward this desired outcome."


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MedPro Rx receives ACHC

BY Alaric DeArment

RALEIGH, N.C. — Specialty pharmacy provider MedPro Rx has received accreditation from an accrediting body for the fourth time, the company said.

MedPro Rx said the accreditation, from the American Commission for Health Care, also marked the first time the company had received it for specialty pharmacy services and infusion nursing services, calling ACHC accreditation a key benchmark for measuring an organization’s quality.

"We are very pleased and proud to again be awarded accreditation with ACHC," MedPro Rx director of clinical services Andy Clark said. "It is an achievement of which our organization can be proud and one which marks our commitment to quality in the provision of healthcare services to the clients we serve."


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Kashi launches soft-baked squares

BY Allison Cerra

LA JOLLA, Calif. — Kashi has launched a new soft-baked snack that combines the company’s signature blend of seven whole grains with unexpected real food ingredients.

Available in chocolate and almond varieties, Kashi soft-baked squares combine cocoa, chocolate chunks and agave with sweet potatoes and black beans. The snacks are free of synthetic colors, artificial flavors, preservatives, sweeteners, as well as high-fructose corn syrup.

Kashi soft-baked squares now are available for a suggested retail price of $3.79 per box, which contains five individually-wrapped squares.

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