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ARLINGTON, Va. — Every year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issues a "call letter" to lay out various policies and requirements for the coming program year within the Medicare program.
The National Association of Chain Drug Stores on Friday issued guidance on the pharmacy provisions in the letter, issued for 2014, expressing support for the CMS' efforts to increase awareness of medication therapy management services provided by community pharmacists, as well as appreciation for the successful launch of the Department of Health and Human Services Million Hearts Initiatives, which seeks to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.
"Pharmacist-provided services such as medication therapy management (MTM) are an important tool in the fight to improve medication adherence and patient health and reduce healthcare spending," the NACDS letter read. "Encouraging sponsors to provide more access to beneficiaries who fill one or more prescription for anti-hypertensive medications will lead to better health outcomes and reduce overall healthcare costs at the same time."