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07.27.2009
Hi folks, Every day we're hearing some new wrinkle in the Health Care Reform debate. I've heard some negativity from pharmacists who are concerned with how HCR will be financed. At the same time, we get positive feedback about our successes in getting pharmacists included in the Senate HELP...
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07.24.2009
Soldiers practice physical therapy at the Center for the Intrepid, Ft. Sam Houston, TX, on Nov. 17, 2008. Army photo by D. Myles Cullen (released) courtesy of Flickr user 'Army.mil' On Wednesday, I had the privilege to visit Ft. Sam Houston, Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) and the Intrepid...
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07.23.2009
We're waiting eagerly for HCR language from the Senate Finance Committee and we're working with the three House committees focused on HCR to get favorable language. Our lobbyists suggest that Senate Finance may wait until the House is on recess and the Senate is still in session. We had a rapid...
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07.22.2009
Tonight at 8:00 PM Eastern, President Obama will be holding a press conference about health care reform. We encourage every pharmacist to listen and to let us know what you think.
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07.21.2009
Over the last several weeks, if you're like me, you been reading and listening to the Health Care Reform debate in the House and Senate while President Obama pushes both to stay focused on the completion of legislation for his signature. As detail gets added to proposals, more opportunities for...
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07.21.2009
The last few days, I've been attending the Tennessee Pharmacists Association Annual Convention. I've talked with pharmacists from all practice settings and students from six pharmacy schools. Among the schools, there's a healthy competitive spirit, yet just like their practitioner colleagues,...
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07.15.2009
Today was a major step forward in getting pharmacists medication therapy management (MTM) services recognized as an essential part of health care reform. As reported in the New York Times, "Voting on strict party lines, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approved a bill on...
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07.14.2009
Last week, we saw the Senate vote to cut the funds made available to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to prevent the personal importation of prescription drugs from Canada. This prescription drug importation provision, introduced by Senator David Vitter (R-LA), passed the Senate as S.AMDT....
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07.13.2009
The APhA election is nearing an end. The deadline to cast your ballot is July 17, 2009. APhA Members who indicated that they wanted to vote online will receive an email with the detailed instructions on how to access their e-ballot. If you elected to receive a hard copy ballot, you should...
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07.09.2009
On July 8, the White House and the Senate Finance Committee announced a pact with hospitals for $155 Billion in Medicare and Medicaid Cuts (July 8). These hospital cuts include $103 billion in spending reductions, based on 10 years of productivity adjustments and reduced market basket payments...
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