July 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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July 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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July 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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July 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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July 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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July 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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July 9, 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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July 9, 2009
On July 8, a federal appeals court ruled that pharmacists are required to dispense emergency contraception, even if they are personally opposed on religious grounds. The case involves Ralph's Thriftway and two pharmacists who sued Washington state officials where the law requires pharmacists to…
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July 6, 2009
The view from our 6th floor terrace during the fireworks show Today, I'm reflecting on the uncounted contributions made by the team of APhA staffers who have been pulling hard the last few months, and who on July 4th took a break. It was great to see so many of them here to celebrate with their…
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July 3, 2009
APhA Foundation CEO Bill Ellis, Keith Hodges of Gloucester Pharmacy, and me at the White House HCR Stakeholder discussion. Screenshot from White House live video feed. On Thursday, I went to the White House with Michelle Herbert Thomas (Richmond Apothecaries and former APhA Foundation Board Member…
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