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DEA Wins International Award for Publication Aimed at Preventing Drug Misuse Among College Students

Jun 1, 2021 Tags:

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has been recognized by the National Association of Government Communicators for its publication designed for colleges and universities. Prevention with Purpose: A Strategic Planning Guide to Preventing Drug Misuse Among College Students, was awarded the Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Award of Excellence in the Soft or Hard Cover Book category during a May 26 virtual ceremony. Published in January 2020, the guide assists planners in measuring the scope of drug misuse issues, building relationships with key stakeholders, and developing a strategic plan for prevention efforts.

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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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