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Entries for February 2015

Recently, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) announced that it intends to “carve-out” the entire prescription drug benefit from the Medicaid HMO program as part of next year’s budget, beginning Oct. 1, 2015. Previously, only select drugs, including those for mental health, were carved out of the HMO benefit. This move indicates a drastic change from previous Depar...

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Pharmacy management systems today are focused mainly on receiving electronic prescriptions, documenting prescription dispensing functions, and exchanging claims-based prescription information. As pharmacists provide more clinically based services, pharmacists need to document care provided using established standards used by other health care providers. Pharmacists should work with their pharmacy ...

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On Feb. 6, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule, making changes to the Medicare Advantage and prescription drug benefit programs (Parts C and D) for Contract Year 2016. Many of the provisions of the proposed rule published on Jan. 10, 2014, that were supported by pharmacy did not make it into the final rule. The final provisions include: revisions to dispe...

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Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) and Pharmacy Services Inc. (PSI) are pleased to offer the Executive Fellowship, a year-long program that provides a strong foundation in business, leadership, policy and association management. Applications are currently being accepted through Friday, March 27 for the 2015-2016 program. If you have ever thought about training to gain more business, managemen...

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The Pharmacists Provide Care campaign, organized by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) is closing in on 15,000 supporters! This initiative is important to the pharmacy profession and patients cared for by pharmacy professionals. It will increase access to care as well as provide additional opportunities for pharmacists to expand their practice and be reimbursed for innovative services. If...

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