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Reps urge CMS to keep diabetes supplies offered by retailers separate from Medicare mail-order pricing program

BY Michael Johnsen

ALEXANDRIA, Va. Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.; Zack Space, D-Ohio; Lee Terry, R-Neb.; and Peter Welch, D-Vt., have sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recommending CMS keep prices for its national competitive bidding program for Medicare Part B mail-order diabetes testing supplies separate from similar supplies offered by retail pharmacies, the National Community Pharmacists Association announced Thursday.

The representatives argued that retail pharmacy, especially independent community pharmacies that traditionally are located in underserved areas, would incur significant financial losses under any sort of CBP pricing model that could force pharmacies to stop selling DTS to seniors. So while CMS presently has exempted retail pharmacy from the CBP requirement, the lack of clarification about how and when future CBP pricing might be applied to retail pharmacy “is worrisome and needs to be prevented.”

"We commend Reps. Rogers, Space, Terry and Welch for their leadership and foresight in heading off a potential problem that could see millions of seniors lose access to diabetes testing supplies at their local pharmacies," stated Douglas Hoey, NCPA acting EVP and CEO. "This is not only a matter of convenience but [also] of adherence, as pharmacists have the expertise to ensure the supplies are being used correctly. Planning for future contingencies is what every successful entrepreneur faces, and that is why this full court press to garner an ironclad commitment from CMS is occurring. CMS must keep mail-order and pharmacy pricing separate."

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Stater Bros. to offer flu vaccinations in stores

BY Drug Store News Team

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. Stater Bros. announced that it will provide flu vaccination clinics in partnership with Mollen Immunization Clinics. The vaccinations will be offered during scheduled days and times from Sept. 1 to Oct. 23 at all 167 Stater Bros. Supermarket locations.

Licensed nurses will administer the vaccines to those ages 4 years and older. Vaccinations will be provided while supplies last.

“Stater Bros. remains committed to the health and well-being of our valued customers,” stated Jack H. Brown, Stater Bros. chairman and CEO. “Stater Bros. has a long-standing history of providing low prices and giving back to the communities it serves. Now with our network of pharmaceutical healthcare professionals, we’re also proud to be able to provide our valued customers with access to high-quality, affordable preventive health care.”

Mollen Immunization Clinics is an approved Medicare part B provider, so customers that present their Medicare ID cards may be eligible to receive the vaccinations with no out-of-pocket costs.

To find a nearby Stater Bros. location, consumers can visit StaterBros.com.

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Pharmacy OneSource ranked as one of the fastest-growing private companies in U.S.

BY Alaric DeArment

BELLEVUE, Wash. Inc. magazine has ranked a Pacific Northwest pharmacy software company on its list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the United States.

Pharmacy OneSource — a healthcare software-as-a-service provider based in Bellevue, Wash., whose Web-based services are used in more than 1,300 healthcare organizations worldwide — heralded in an announcement Wednesday the news that it ranked 1,932 on Inc.’s list, as well as 38 in the list of the top 50 businesses in Washington state’s Puget Sound area, comprising Seattle, Bellevue and Tacoma. The company has made the list four years in a row.

The Inc. 5,000 is based on percentage revenue growth between 2006 and 2009 — revenues must have been at least $80,000 in 2006 and at least $2 million in 2009.

“We are very excited to be selected to the Inc. 5,000 for the fourth year in a row,” Pharmacy OneSource president and CEO Tim Gibbons stated. “This is truly a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our Pharmacy OneSource staff.”

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