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November 16, 2010

With the holiday season just around the corner, CVS/pharmacy is encouraging older adults and their...

WOONSOCKET, R.I. With the holiday season just around the corner, CVS/pharmacy is encouraging older adults and their caregivers to make family health part of the conversation during family gatherings.

With annual enrollment for Medicare Part D under way through Dec. 31, now is the ideal time for seniors and their caregivers to review their medication regimen and identify ways to save on annual medication costs, the company stated.

November 15, 2010

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Tuesday formally established the new Center for...

BALTIMORE — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Tuesday formally established the new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.

 

Established by the Affordable Care Act, the Innovation Center is charged with finding new ways of delivering health care and paying healthcare providers in an effort to save money for Medicare and Medicaid while improving the quality of care. CMS also announced the launch of new demonstration projects that will support efforts to better coordinate care and improve health outcomes for patients.

November 15, 2010

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has proposed a rule shortening the traditional 30-day...

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has proposed a rule shortening the traditional 30-day drug cycle for long-term care centers to seven days when brand-name drugs are dispensed, prompting a supportive response from an organization representing independent pharmacies.

 

November 14, 2010

Humana and Wal-Mart Stores on Monday announced that Mary Lee Reinscheld became the first Medicare...

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Humana and Wal-Mart Stores on Monday announced that Mary Lee Reinscheld became the first Medicare beneficiary to sign up for the new Humana Walmart-Preferred Rx Plan at one of the Humana informational kiosks available in approximately 3,000 Walmart stores nationwide.

 

Reinscheld signed her Humana application at Walmart store No. 1170 here as the annual enrollment period for Medicare beneficiaries, including seniors and people with disabilities, got under way.

 

November 14, 2010

In an effort to help seniors navigate changes in Medicare Part D plans, Walgreens is...

DEERFIELD, Ill. — In an effort to help seniors navigate changes in Medicare Part D plans, Walgreens is offering a free plan comparison report to make it easier for Medicare beneficiaries and caregivers to determine how much money can be saved under different plans.

Open enrollment for Medicare Part D drug plans began Monday, and enrollees have until Dec. 31 to review their coverage options for 2011.

November 9, 2010

Budget cuts in Washington state to its Medicaid programs have created a “perilous situation” for...

ALEXANDRIA, Va. Budget cuts in Washington state to its Medicaid programs have created a “perilous situation” for retail pharmacies and their patients, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores warned on Wednesday, and could “pose danger as a precedent for other states across the nation as well,” according to the group.

 

November 9, 2010

Rite Aid on Wednesday announced its pharmacists have been prepared to assist seniors during the...

CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid on Wednesday announced its pharmacists have been prepared to assist seniors during the 2011 Medicare Part D open enrollment period. With the first of the baby boomers officially turning 65 years old in 2011, more seniors are expected to hit drug stores looking for information about Part D options and open enrollment.

 

Open enrollment begins on Nov. 15.

 

 

November 4, 2010

Under the Affordable Care Act, the average savings for those enrolled in traditional Medicare is...

WASHINGTON Under the Affordable Care Act, the average savings for those enrolled in traditional Medicare is expected to amount to more than $3,500 over the next 10 years — and will be even higher for seniors and people with diabetes who have high drug costs — according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 

November 4, 2010

That Medicare doesn’t universally cover the use of retail clinics — and even create a...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT — That Medicare doesn’t universally cover the use of retail clinics — and even create a structure that encourages their use for certain services — is a key symptom of what is wrong with the U.S. healthcare system.

THE NEWS: Duane Reade Walk-In Medical Care clinics to accept Medicare. For the full story, click here)

November 2, 2010

A Walgreens distribution center in Mt. Vernon, Ill., has opened an employee wellness center, which...

October 26, 2010

U.S. Marshals earlier this month seized articles of prescription and over-the-counter drug products from Tri-Med...

October 24, 2010

With strong support from pharmacy leaders, Congress is moving to shut down prescription medication abuse...

With strong support from pharmacy leaders, Congress is moving to shut down prescription medication abuse and diversion with a multipronged legislative cudgel.

Prior to its October recess, the U.S. House of Representatives passed three industry-backed bills in September to help seal up the nation’s leaky prescription drug pipeline. The bills are expected to pass under “suspension of the rules,” which allows for expedited consideration of legislation.

October 24, 2010

Some say it cheapens patient care and reduces quality. The nation’s fourth-biggest pharmacy retailer and...

October 20, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a Mylan generic drug for Parkinson’s disease, Mylan...

PITTSBURGH The Food and Drug Administration has approved a Mylan generic drug for Parkinson’s disease, Mylan said Thursday.

 

The drug maker announced the approval of pramipexole dihydrochloride tablets in the 0.125-mg, 0.25-mg, 0.5-mg, 1-mg and 1.5-mg strengths. The drug is a generic version of Boehringer Ingelheim’s Mirapex.

 

 

October 14, 2010

A plan by health insurer Humana and Walmart to offer a cheap prescription drug plan...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT A plan by health insurer Humana and Walmart to offer a cheap prescription drug plan to seniors who shop at the mass merchandiser may be a little off the mark, if results of the survey of Medicare beneficiaries is to be believed.

(THE NEWS: Many seniors are satisfied with Medicare Rx benefit, survey shows. For the full story, click here)

October 12, 2010

A panel of healthcare thought leaders has concluded that a recent IRS rule change requiring...

October 11, 2010

The Medicare prescription drug benefit continues to enjoy strong support among the country’s seniors, according...

October 10, 2010

A new push to crack down on the massive and costly fraud and abuse that...

October 5, 2010

The National Community Pharmacists Association is urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to...

ALEXANDRIA, Va. The National Community Pharmacists Association is urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to follow guidance that Congress included in the healthcare-reform law in its implementation of a new Medicaid generic drug reimbursement formula based on average manufacturer price, the organization said Tuesday.

CMS recently withdrew provisions that would have dramatically cut Medicaid pharmacy reimbursement to community pharmacies from a previously proposed AMP rule due to an injunction that the NCPA obtained in 2007.

 

October 4, 2010

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores commended the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services...

ALEXANDRIA, Va. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores commended the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Tuesday after the agency proposed a rule that would withdraw two provisions related to pharmacy Medicaid reimbursement.

October 4, 2010

Shortly after Walmart and Humana announced that they would offer a Medicare Part D prescription...

BENTONVILLE, Ark. Shortly after Walmart and Humana announced that they would offer a Medicare Part D prescription drug program to customers, signage in Walmart stores popped up.

 

October 1, 2010

Walmart and Humana on Friday unveiled a new Medicare Part D prescription drug offering designed to help both companies gain market share and save money for those enrolled in the program ...

BENTONVILLE , Ark. (Oct. 1) Walmart and Humana on Friday unveiled a new Medicare Part D prescription drug offering designed to help both companies gain market share and save money for those enrolled in the program.

September 30, 2010

The independent pharmacy industry is crying foul over a new plan by Walmart and insurance...

September 30, 2010

Launching a pre-emptive campaign to capture a major share of the Medicare prescription market, Walmart...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT Launching a pre-emptive campaign to capture a major share of the Medicare prescription market, Walmart and Humana have unveiled a boldly conceived, co-branded Medicare Part D prescription drug plan that offers steeply discounted premiums and co-payments.

(THE NEWS: Walmart, Humana unveil new Medicare Part D prescription drug offering. For the full story, click here)

September 26, 2010

As I write this column, it’s the final Super Tuesday primaries in eight states, including...

As I write this column, it’s the final Super Tuesday primaries in eight states, including here in New York, before the big mid-term elections in November. And if the Sunday morning news shows are right, the Democrats are in for a spanking. Given the present state of the economy, the stagnant job market and the American electorate’s need to find someone to blame, it’s really kind of inevitable.