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Small Business Week Is A Great Time To Visit Your Local Independent Pharmacy

6 May

While Independent Pharmacies may be considered small business, their contributions and the role they play in their local communities is anything but small. They are creating jobs and opportunities, strengthening and building the local economy, contributing to local schools and teams and genuinely caring for those they serve usually in underserved, outlying areas.  Small Business Week recognizes the vision, passion and ingenuity of those who answer the entrepreneurial call and RxMaster salutes the Independent Pharmacist and their contributions to Small Business this week.  Independent Pharmacy Owners have passion, vision and a genuine desire to serve the community they work in.  They take risk, invest and adhere to more stringent regulations than just about any other industry you can think of.  But most of all they care.  They typically know your name and many times the name of most of your family members.   They know you, your allergic reactions, your medication list and the doctors you see. They say hello and don’t rush you out the door.  If you have a question, they take time to answer it.  So, here’s to Small Business Week and supporting the Independent Pharmacy in your area.  Stop in and give them a try this week.  We think you will be glad you did!  Support an Independent Pharmacy this week and experience the difference a Small Business can make!  #SmallBusinessWeek 

 

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20 Mar

RxMaster working for the Independent Pharmacy and only the Independent Pharmacy Everyday!

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PBM Transparency Bill Passed In Arkansas

29 Apr

Arkansas recently joined an elite group of only three states that have successfully passed PBM transparency legislation. Here are some specifics on the recently passed Maximum Allowable Cost (MAC) bill now Act 1194 of the 89th Arkansas Legislative General Assembly sponsored by Sen. Ron Caldwell (R-Wynne). It addresses issues surrounding MAC payments.
The bill requires:
1.Access to applicable MAC list(s)
2.Timely updates – within seven days of any change on which the MAC is based
3.Prompt notification of MAC updates.
4.A reasonable process for an administrative appeal procedure to allow pharmacies to challenge MACs:
1.If the requirements of the section are not met
2.The cost to the pharmacy is greater than the MAC for the drug in question.
3.The pharmacy must appeal within three business days of the date of service.
4.The PBM shall respond within seven business days.
1. If the appeal is upheld: a) make the change in the MAC; b) permit the challenging pharmacy to reverse and rebill; and c) change the MAC on the list effective for other pharmacies.
2. If the appeal is denied: a) provide the challenging pharmacy with the NDC number used as the basis for determining the MAC is reasonable; and, b) Permit the challenging pharmacy to reverse the claim and submit a new claim.
Bill enforcement is by the Attorney General under the Deceptive Trade Practices Act. This final bill will go into effect 90 days after the official end of the Arkanas legislative session, which was last Tuesday April 23rd, 2013. If you are an Arkansas Pharmacist how do you feel about the bill and does it do enough for you?

August is National Immunization Month

8 Aug

August is National Immunization Awareness Month.  Here are some simple guidelines for immunizations to follow.

People in all stages of life need shots to help protect us from serious diseases and illness. Everyone age 6 months and older needs a seasonal flu shot every year. Here are some other shots people need at different ages:

Young children:

• Children under age 6 get a series of shots to protect against measles, polio, chicken pox, and hepatitis.

Pre-teens and teens:

• Pre-teens need shots at age 11 or 12 to help protect them from tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough, meningitis, and HPV (human papillomavirus).

• Teens need a booster shot at age 16 to help protect them from meningitis.

Adults:

• All adults need a booster shot every 10 years to protect against tetanus and diphtheria.

• People age 65 or older need a one-time pneumonia shot.

It’s important to talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist about which shots you and your family need.  They can help you keep a record of your shots and inform you of interactions.

Readmission Compliance Penalty Leaves Opportunity for Pharmacists to Work with Hospitals

23 Jan

Readmission Compliance Penalty Leaves Opportunity for Pharmacists to Work with Hospitals.

Readmission Compliance Penalty Leaves Opportunity for Pharmacists to Work with Hospitals

23 Jan

With the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing a substantial new penalty for hospitals with high readmission rates coming down the pipes, now is a great time for Independents to develop a pharmacist-based medicines service in conjunction with local hospitals.  Check out this article on how Independent Pharmacists in Wales are doing just this.
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2012/01/23/community-pharmacies-to-pick-up-from-where-hospitals-left-off-in-patient-care-91466-30176306/

Independent Pharmacies and Hospitals: A Great Reason to Work Together

20 Jan

Independent Pharmacies and Hospitals: A Great Reason to Work Together.