Healthcare Industry

Delivery Service Nothing New For Independent Pharmacies

Recently, CVS announced that they would be offering same-day prescription delivery nationwide. This news comes approximately one year after announcing that they would be offering one and two-day shipping for $4.99. This “new” service will cost $7.99. However, to independent pharmacies across Kansas this is nothing newsworthy to them. For years independent pharmacies have prided…

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Kansas Pharmacy Legislation Signed Into Law

Yesterday, Governor Laura Kelly signed into law HB 2119. The committee report includes two pieces of pharmacy legislation that will take effect later this year. Currus lobbyist Travis Lowe sat down with us to briefly explain what the bills do and how they will impact your pharmacy.  

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Everything Old is New Again?

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National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) CEO Douglas Hoey recently wrote an op-ed piece for Morning Consult on behalf of independent pharmacies. In the piece he gives a thoughtful reminder about some of the personalized services that independent pharmacies have been providing patients for years – despite mergers and mail order making headlines regarding their “new” services.…

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President Trump Legalizes Hemp with Farm Bill Signing

On Thursday, Dec. 20, President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law. The bill passed out of the House last week with a vote of 369-47 and passed the Senate on Tuesday with an 87-13 vote. Among its many agricultural measures, the bill removes hemp from the Controlled Substances Act – effectively legalizing hemp…

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NCOIL Approves Model State PBM Regulation

On Saturday, Dec. 10, the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) approved model legislation for states looking to address unfair PBM practices. The model act, known as the Pharmacy Benefits Manager Licensure and Regulation Model Act, aims to address PBM regulation on the state level in a variety of ways. Kansas Rep. Willie Dove was…

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Changes to DIR Fees Featured in CMS’ Proposed Rule for 2020

On Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released their proposed rule for 2020 titled Modernizing Part D and Medicare Advantage to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out-of-Pocket Expenses. The proposed rule supplements President Trump’s Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out-of-Pocket Costs that was released in May 2018…

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President Signs Opioid Legislation into Law

Today, President Trump signed the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act into law to further address the nation’s ongoing opioid crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 49,000 people died from opioid overdose in 2017. The bill, which passed out of Congress with bipartisan support, is aimed to help…

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President Signs ‘Gag Clause’ Bills into Law

Today, President Trump signed two bills into law that will allow pharmacists to disclose the lowest cost of prescriptions to their patients. Previously, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) have enforced so-called “gag clauses” that prohibited pharmacists from informing their patients if they could purchase their prescriptions for a lower cost out-of-pocket vs. through insurance. The Patient…

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