Alexandria, VA - June 22, 2010
The State of Alabama's Medicaid State Plan Amendment represents a new pharmacy reimbursement model that should be carefully considered to ensure it will treat local pharmacists fairly, while satisfying budgetary pressures, the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) said in a letter today to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
"In the current economy, states face enormous pressure to balance the budget while meeting essential health needs," NCPA Executive Vice President and CEO Bruce T. Roberts, RPh, said. "Community pharmacists recognize that and want to work constructively with state and federal Medicaid officials to control costs and improve quality. We commend the state of Alabama for working in that spirit with pharmacy providers to develop this new model.
"In many ways, independent community pharmacies are the backbone of the Medicaid drug benefit," Roberts added. "They're more often in underserved rural and urban areas where Medicaid recipients live. Many independents also rely almost exclusively on prescription sales to stay in business, so it's critical for policymakers to get this right."
The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 22,700 independent community pharmacies, pharmacy franchises, and chains. Together they represent an $88 billion health-care marketplace, employ over 65,000 pharmacists, and dispense over 40% 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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