The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced today that pharmacists and pharmacy interns would be authorized to administer COVID-19 vaccines when they become available. The new guidance issued under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) allows state-licensed pharmacists to order FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccinations and administer them to any individual ages…

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Governor Laura Kelly announced today that various state health agencies have collaborated to create the Essential Worker Health Care Fund. The $8 million in funds received courtesy of the CARES Act will be designated to cover health care costs for essential workers in Kansas who have contracted COVID-19. Health care workers are one of the…

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President Trump signed legislation today that adds an additional $310 billion in funding to the depleted Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for small businesses. The PPP – established by the CARES Act that was signed into law on March 27 – is designed to help small businesses hurt by the coronavirus. However, the initial $349 billion…

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Legislation has been introduced in Washington, D.C. that could affect pharmacists and pharmacy technicians as the COVID-19 battle continues. The Helping Emergency Responders Overcome Emergency Situations (HEROES) Act of 2020, introduced by Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.), would create a tax holiday for health professionals and first responders who continue to serve during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes…

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As a healthcare company, we’ve been closely monitoring the dynamic situation of COVID-19, along with the rest of the world. As we work to prepare for the impact of the Coronavirus, I wanted to share how Currus is addressing the current situation and the proactive steps we are taking to minimize any negative repercussions to…

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The 2020 Kansas legislative session doesn’t officially begin until Monday, but Governor Laura Kelly and Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning made headlines today as they announced a bipartisan proposal on Medicaid expansion in Kansas. After months of negotiating, Gov. Kelly and Sen. Denning announced the proposed legislation to expand Medicaid while lowering health insurance premiums…

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New Currus CEO Rob Tinsley sat down for this video to provide a quick introduction to Currus members and how he looks forward to working on behalf of independent pharmacies in Kansas.

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Robert F. Tinsley has been named chief executive officer (CEO) of Currus (formerly Kansas Independent Pharmacy Service Corporation), succeeding Pete Stern, who is retiring after 29 years. Tinsley, 50, comes from the Independent Pharmacy Cooperative (IPC), a national pharmacy group purchasing organization, and resides in Phoenix, Ariz. He most recently served as Vice President of…

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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has announced that students in Kansas must now receive both meningitis and hepatitis A vaccines prior to the 2019-20 school year this fall. KDHE proposed the changes to the state’s vaccine requirements earlier this year and recently held a public hearing in June that concluded a 60-day public…

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