PBMs Stormed the Hill—Let's Beat Them at Their Own Game

Last week, PBM executives and health care and drug industry players met in Washington, where they provided policymakers and Capitol Hill staff their perspective on their benefits. Let's beat them at their own game and tell our elected officials on the Hill our perspective.

 

Join your peers at the NCPA Annual Legislative Conference May 12-13 as community pharmacists storm the Hill and meet with their elected officials face-to-face to advocate for community pharmacy and pharmacy choice. We need your voice this year more than ever as we push for co-sponsorships and congressional support to pass Any Willing Pharmacy legislation (H.R. 793), MAC reform legislation (H.R. 244), and pharmacist provider status legislation (S. 314/H.R. 592).

 

For registration and programming information, visit the NCPA website or call 800-544-7447. Don't let the PBMs have the final word. Register now and also let your peers know you're going by RSVPing on Facebook

 
Dave's Corner

Posted March 23, 2015

David Mayper Executive Director PFOA

February was a busy month for PFOA.  We had strong membership and affiliate growth.  As of the last release of a master list the stores listed now total 459.  Much thanks to all the hard work from our staff and vendor partners. 

 

Nancy Tataronis, Richard Macaluso and I participated in parts of the Pharmacy Development Services annual meeting.  The meeting provided an educational platform, vendor interaction and a very good opportunity for networking.   A good number of our members and business partners were in attendance.  PFOA hosted a dinner including 31 participants consisting of members, their staffers, family members and PFOA staff.

 

March has already seen much activity. Negotiations and exploration into alternatives have continued in terms of vendor relations.  We have signed an agreement with Opti Freight and will be sending information out to our members shortly.

 

I will be participating in CFA’s legislative day and board meeting and a contingent of PFOA board members and staff will be participating in the Federation of Pharmacies Network annual meeting towards the end of this month.

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New NCPA Survey: Generic Price Spikes/MACs Below Cost

Posted March 6, 2015

 

NCPA seeks your feedback on the latest examples of community pharmacies being harmed through MACs/generic price increases and PBM reimbursement update delays. NCPA conducted a comparable survey in 2013 to present on Capitol Hill and to policymakers. This 2015 survey is intended to document the problems that remain today and to identify any new trends. Help us help you by filling out a brief survey at http://bit.ly/2015macsurvey.

 
National Implications in Iowa's Win Over PBMs

Posted Feb. 24, 2015

Iowa's MAC transparency law, which the PBM/mail order lobby challenged in court in hopes using a victory to attack similar laws in other states, emerged intact last week. On Feb. 18 the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa issued an initial victory for Iowa by granting the state's motion to dismiss the bulk of the claims challenging the law. The Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, representing 11 PBMs, claimed that the 2014 law was preempted by ERISA, constituted an illegal taking by the state of PBM trade secrets, and violated the dormant commerce clause of the Constitution. Iowa sought dismissal of the ERISA and takings claims, and the court sided with the state in rejecting PCMA's arguments with respect to these claims.

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Surescripts Rebates Coming Soon

Posted Feb. 16, 2015

 

According to a recent communication from Douglas Hoey via NCPA Executive Update, Surescripts is expected to begin mailing rebate checks within the next two weeks to independent community pharmacies on its e-prescribing network. The rebates are calculated at 3-cents per billable transaction between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2014. Surescripts also has announced that it will offer a similar rebate program for 2015 transactions, payable early in 2016.

 

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