Content about Medicaid

January 31, 2010

With the defeat of Democrat Martha Coakley by Republican Scott Brown in the race to fill the seat of late Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, and the loss of the Democrats’ filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, the healthcare-reform bill stands on a knife’s edge. And how will pharmacies be reimbursed for dispensing generic drugs to Medicaid and Medicare patients if a health overhaul bill fails to pass? These topics, along with the issue of patent settlements vexing the branded and generic drug industries and a new GAO study showing that drug costs are soaring, are explored in depth in the latest installment of the ECRM Generics report.

January 13, 2010

Walgreens plans to withdraw 64 of its stores from Washington state’s Medicaid program in response...

January 12, 2010

The National Community Pharmacists Association on Wednesday held a conference call in an attempt to...

January 10, 2010

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores promotes community pharmacy as “the face of neighborhood...

January 7, 2010

The Medicaid storm is still intense in Washington as Bartell Drugs has announced that —...

January 6, 2010

Regional pharmacy chain Bartell Drugs announced that it will stop filling Medicaid prescriptions at 15...

January 4, 2010

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reported the slowest growth in healthcare spending since...

December 22, 2009

The mid-December plea by 16 members of Congress to assure a fair payment for pharmacies...

December 17, 2009

A small group of U.S. representatives from both parties has asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi...

October 15, 2009

It’s like “Whack-a-Mole,” that game-arcade exercise in quick reflexes and frustration....

September 24, 2009

Like a mythical Hydra that keeps sprouting new heads, the massive, shape-shifting beast masquerading as...

September 17, 2009

Question: What piece of compromise legislation proposes to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system at a...

September 10, 2009

A murky and long-unresolved dispute over the prices pharmaceutical wholesalers pay for the drugs they...

July 19, 2009

“We’re already paying for it—it’s just hidden in your premiums.”...

July 16, 2009

After decades of fruitless efforts, activist lawmakers in a Democratically controlled Congress finally may be...

June 21, 2009

The simple fact is — there are more fat people in this country than there...

June 4, 2009

For pharmacy operators like Walgreens, the battle to tamp down state Medicaid budget cuts around...

April 23, 2009

For years now, pharmacy leaders at the state and national level have waged a long...

August 17, 2008

After a monumental effort to educate lawmakers about the value of community pharmacy and the dangers the industry faces from new Medicaid reimbursement rules and other regulatory threats, the nation’s pharmacy leaders won a landmark victory last month when the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 became law, despite opposition from the Bush White House. Chain and independent pharmacy leaders deserve to pat themselves on the back. Nevertheless, there’s not much time for celebration. New challenges are waiting.

October 10, 2007

Maryland community pharmacy owners are asking U.S. House majority leader Steny Hoyer to bring H.R....

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