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Independent pharmacies provide a deep level of relationship to their patients. Ensure accurate pricing, maximum precise reimbursement, reduce medication errors & improve wellness is critical. But to stay profitable while maintaining that high-value service, the independent pharmacy needs tools that can maximize compensation without negatively impacting pharmacist workflow.

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105 U.S. Reps., 28 U.S. Senators Urge Trump Administration to Fix Pharmacy DIR Fees

Pharmacy groups unite to laud bipartisan Congressional focus on closing the loophole that inflates drug costs for patients and Medicare, and jeopardizes pharmacies

Read more Source: NCPA National Community Pharmacist Association

DIR Fees - Latest Updates

DIR Fee Ruling

What CMS' Proposed DIR Rule Does and Doesn't Do

by NCPA | Dec 19, 2018

CMS' proposed drug pricing rule released two weeks ago embraces several innovative ideas, some of them controversial – for instance, changes to protected classes of medications and expansion of step therapy as a cost-saving tool. Of singular interest to NCPA, though, are provisions that would eliminate the retroactive application of pharmacy DIR fees.

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Read more Source: National Community of Pharmacist Association

Calculate Your Heart Age

The average NYC adult has a heart age that is almost 6 years older than their actual age. Having a heart age that is older than your actual age increases your risk of heart attack or stroke. Use this simple calculator to determine your heart age.

Read more Source: New York City Health

The FDA, Generics and Differentiating Authorized from Branded Types

A statement released today from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, centers on pharmaceutical companies that the FDA claims may be forestalling generic entry into the market.

Read more Source: Pharmacy Times

4 Things Pharmacists Should Know About the E. coli Outbreak

The recent Escherichia coli (E. coli) outbreak linked to romaine lettuce is extremely virulent and has affected 22 states across the United States. Foodborne disease outbreaks occur when 2 or more individuals are affected with the same illness from the same contaminated food or drink.

Read more Source: Pharmacy Times

New-Age Pharmacy Management

The billion-dollar healthcare system in the U.S. continually seeks to generate more value, thus requiring each stakeholder in the system to change the way of providing services to patients.

Read more Source: Healthcare Tech Outlook

6 Steps to Creating a Very Profitable Pharmacy From Scratch

Today, it is challenging to get people to change their habits, to leave their current pharmacies, to transfer their business to a new pharmacy. The following steps cover the six most essential basics to master in the process of creating a pharmacy.

Read more Source: Pharmacy Times

Improving Pharmacy Claims Reimbursement for Community Pharmacies

To ensure the steady and accurate flow of revenue, community pharmacies should use technology to improve their pharmacy claims management processes.

Read more Source: McKesson

Pharmacy Pricing

The pharmacy pricing data is now available on to view, filter, sort, visualize and share this data online. Export the data on in a variety of formats including Excel.

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Unlocking Medication Adherence with Health Literacy Tools

Health education products that help hospitals reduce medication errors and improve patient outcomes after discharge.

Read more Source: The Wellness Network

Drug Recalls from FDA

Recalls are actions taken by a firm to remove a product from the market. Recalls may be conducted on a firm's initiative, by FDA request, or by FDA order under statutory authority.

Read more Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Patient Medication Safety

Prescription medication use is widespread, complicated, and increasingly risky. Clinicians have access to an armamentarium of more than 10,000 prescription medications, and nearly one-third of adults in the United States take 5 or more medications.

Read more Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Why Pharmacists Need to Build Relationships with Local Physicians

A major barrier in the creation of strong pharmacist-physician relationships is the fact that physicians and community pharmacists work in physically separate environments.

Read more Source: Elements

Ensure Accurate Pricing - (AWP) Resubmission Reporting

AWP Resubmission Services help you capture lost dollars for third-party transactions where the average wholesale price (AWP) has increased on prescription drug claims paid using outdated AWPs. RelayHealth monitors—and notifies your pharmacy—when an AWP price change has occurred, and a payer has settled a claim using an old AWP.

Read more Source: McKesson

Nitric Oxide: A Potential Marker for Adherence to Asthma?

Current treatment options for patients living with asthma include long-acting beta-agonists and inhaled corticoid steroids (ICS). While these therapeutic options are useful in a majority of patients, approximately 10% will remain poorly controlled. This can be due to poor inhaler technique, poor medication adherence, and other comorbidities.

Read more Source: Pharmacy Times

Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS)

A Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) is a drug safety program that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can require for certain medications with serious safety concerns to help ensure the benefits of the medication outweigh its risks

Read more Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Tips for Building Better Pharmacist-Patient Relationships

It is important to note that building rapport with a patient takes time and effort, but it can be done successfully. In an ever-changing pharmaceutical industry with fluctuating insurance rates, the survey authors want pharmacists to keep in mind that higher medication costs are taking a toll on patients.

Read more Source: Pharmacy Times

Proper Coding for Accurate Reimbursement – EmblemHealth

EmblemHealth requires all claims submitted with these Revenue Codes also include the appropriate HCPCS and CPT Code(s). This additional information will enable us to ensure the accuracy of our payments to you.

Read more Source: EmblemHealth

Prescription Drug State Database

2015-2018 State Legislation on Prescription Drugs Use this state legislative database to learn about and analyze what states are considering and enacting in current topic areas of prescription drugs.

Read more Source: NCSL National Conference of State Legislatures

Pharmacist Management and Medications: The Pharmacist and the Role of OTC Medications

The importance of a thorough understanding of a migraine and its management is essential for pharmacists because as many as 57% of patients self-treat migraine headaches, and inappropriate use of OTC analgesics can increase the risk of medication overuse headaches (MOHs). 

Read more Source: Pharmacy Times