Alexandria, Va. - June 7, 2011
In comments submitted to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) about its proposed rule for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) is seeking changes and clarifications on several critical points.
"Accountable Care Organizations have the potential to improve health outcomes and ultimately reduce costs through more coordinated care if structured properly," said NCPA Executive Vice President and CEO B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA. "However, those outcomes will be more likely if community pharmacists, with their proven expertise and services, are included in a robust manner. By better incorporating pharmacists, patients and taxpayers will benefit. The rulemaking process for ACOs must focus on removing logistical and financial impediments that could limit pharmacist participation or hinder the ability of all health care providers to accurately document the successes that should follow."
NCPA's comments included the following points:
The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents the interests of America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies, pharmacy franchises, and chains. Together they represent a $93 billion health-care marketplace, have more than 315,000 employees including 62,400 pharmacists, and dispense over 41% of all retail prescriptions. To learn more go to www.ncpanet.org or read NCPA's blog, The Dose, at http://ncpanet.wordpress.com.
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