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CMS Issues Guidance to help Medicare Advantage and Part D Plans Respond to COVID-19

Mar 12, 2020 Tags:

Agency provides flexibility to Medicare Advantage and Part D plans to waive unnecessary barriers that could prevent access to care

CMS Issues Guidance to help Medicare Advantage and Part D Plans Respond to COVID-19
Agency provides flexibility to Medicare Advantage and Part D plans to waive unnecessary barriers that could prevent access to care
Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking further action to ensure patients have access to the critical healthcare services they need in the wake of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Today, following a meeting with President Trump and Vice President Pence, many leading insurance companies and their industry associations announced they will be treating COVID-19 diagnostic tests as covered benefits and will be waiving cost sharing that would otherwise apply to the test. The President also directed CMS to provide more flexibility to Medicare Advantage and Part D plans to ensure they have the tools they need to provide seniors with the best coverage. As a result, CMS published a memorandum to Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D health and prescription drug plans informing them of the flexibilities they have to provide healthcare coverage to Medicare beneficiaries for COVID-19 testing, treatments, and prevention.

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If You Are Ever Late Filing for Your CE, This New ACPE Policy Will Affect You

Jan 8, 2018 Tags: NCPA

Starting in 2018, there will be a charge of $200 from ACPE for filing for CE after the 60-day submission deadline. NCPA has established "free pass" filing periods for March, August, and December of 2018 where your overdue activities can still be filed at no charge. Please contact Sue Hagler at sue.hagler@ncpanet.org with any questions and activities you need submitted. Have the following information ready: e-Profile ID, DOB (MMDD), and ACPE UAN for each activity.

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Specialty Pharmacy is a Lucrative Opportunity for Community Pharmacy

Jan 19, 2016 Tags: Business, NCPA, Specialty Pharmacy

he traditional pharmacy business model is under siege as it faces challenges from healthcare reform and competition. As community pharmacies scramble to survive, the specialty pharmacy model offers a lucrative opportunity for growth.

The key to success? You’ll need to understand and prepare for a wide variety of challenges on fronts ranging from accreditation to marketing. That’s the message from community pharmacists who are urging their colleagues to take advantage of the growth in specialty pharmacy.

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Web Search Engine to Warn About Fake Online Pharmacies

Sep 24, 2015 Tags:

To help consumers avoid potentially unsafe online drug outlets, Bing will provide a new warning message on certain search results in Bing.com. “This warning will appear if a Bing user clicks on a pharmaceutical site that has been cited by the FDA as a fake online pharmacy engaged in illegal activity, such as offering dangerous, unapproved and misbranded prescription drugs to US consumers,” indicates Bing in a blog post. The warning message informs consumers that Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Warning Letter to the site about potentially unsafe drugs and presents consumers with a link to more information about choosing a safe online pharmacy. An example of the warning message is available in the Bing blogs post.

Since 2008, NABP has been collecting data on websites selling medicine illegally online to US patients. NABP has reviewed over 11,000 Internet drug outlets, finding that 96.13% of the sites reviewed operate out of compliance with US pharmacy laws and practice standards, and identifying these sites as “Not Recommended.” The Association launched the .Pharmacy Top-Level Domain (TLD) Program to provide consumers around the world a means to identify safe and legal online pharmacies and related resources. NABP will grant use of the .pharmacy domain only to legitimate website operators that adhere to pharmacy laws in the jurisdictions in which they are based and in which their patients and customers reside, so that consumers can easily find safe online pharmacies. More information about the .Pharmacy TLD Program, including a list of approved entities with registered .pharmacy domain names, is available online.

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