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NACDS' Anderson Says Retailers and Suppliers' “Health and Wellness Renaissance” is Creating a “Historic, Watershed Moment”
Date:4/25/2010

proactive advancement of the NACDS Principles of Healthcare Reform and of the ''Pharmacies. The face of neighborhood healthcare.'' message, and pro-patient, pro-pharmacy results that NACDS achieved during the healthcare reform debate. He emphasized that as Executive Branch agencies write the regulations to implement the new law, NACDS will remain highly engaged in a process that ''is still in the middle innings.''

“While the law includes important pharmacy issues, the platform that it presented also proved vital. At this very meeting, in past years, we said this debate would give pharmacy a new chance to tell our story. It did, and we seized the moment. Members of Congress really started to get it when we talked about poor medication adherence being responsible for $290 billion in added costs every year. That’s 13 percent of health expenditures. NACDS established pharmacy as a major part of the solution,” Anderson said.

He noted the inclusion of pharmacy issues in the new healthcare reform law, including those related to advancing medication therapy management (MTM); softening the Medicaid pharmacy reimbursement cuts under the average manufacturer price (AMP) model; providing a conditional exemption for pharmacies from the Medicare durable medical equipment (DME) accreditation requirement; expanding Medicaid coverage; taking steps to close the Medicare Part D “donut hole”; and maintaining Medicare Part D vaccine coverage.

On the Medicaid AMP issue, Anderson said the law validated pharmacy’s strategy to challenge the flawed regulations that implemented the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, while working to change the law through a long-term legislative solution. He noted that the preliminary injunction won by NACDS and the National Community Pharmacists Association has blocked $5.5 million in cuts to pharmacy each day, and more than $4.6 billion in cuts since January 1, 2008. “Do you want to t
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