Alexandria, Va. July 8, 2013 - Northeast Pharmacy Services Corporation (NPSC) has signed up the approximately 250 independent community pharmacies that it serves in New England in the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) effective July 1, 2013, the groups announced today.
"NCPA prides itself on our tireless efforts on behalf of America's independent community pharmacies and the patients they serve," said NCPA CEO, B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA. "Our effectiveness increases when more independent community pharmacy organizations, owners and supporters officially join our ranks, which is why NPSC's decision to come on board is so exciting. Their business model helps NPSC's participating pharmacies be more competitive in the challenging marketplace. As a result, their patients receive better services. We believe the partnership between NCPA and NPSC will be mutually beneficial."
Hoey added "The challenges confronting independent community pharmacies are substantial and the best way to prevail and ultimately flourish is by uniting to advance our shared goals,which is clearly the case with NCPA and NPSC. Hopefully, other state and regional pharmacy groups will follow the recent example of NPSC by also becoming NCPA members."
"The commitment to join our organizations on behalf of our pharmacy owners strengthens the future of their businesses," said NPSC's President and CEO, Patricia Monaco, MBA. "NCPA has been expanding its impact in Washington, D.C. and growing its support for local efforts. The synergy between our two organizations became obvious."
NCPA is the leading advocate in Washington, D.C., and around the country for approximately 23,000 independent community pharmacies and their patients. In addition, NCPA offers a wide variety of programs and events to enhace the professional development of its members, which includes financial benchmarking via the NCPA Digest, sponsored by Cardinal Health; exclusive peer-to-peer Members Forum discussions of hot topics; updates on health care reform implementation; discounts to the best pharmacy meetings in the industry that include continuing education credits; and patient-focused programs such as Simply My Meds™, Dispose My Meds™, Front-End Overhaul,and Digital Pharmacist.
Over the past couple of decades NPSC has grown from a group of Massachusetts independent community pharmacy owners seeking to offer prescription services for John Hancock employees under a single contract, to a regional organization operating throughout New England offering a wide range of services to participating pharmacies.
NPSC has have been successful in assisting their network in meeting regulatory requirements including HIPAA, finding actionable business opportunities, administering third party contracts and fiduciary payments, providing assistance to those seeking to become accredited for selling durable medical equipment, prostetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS) for Medicare Part B beneficiaries, and offering business development services for their growing network.
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. Together they represent an $88.5 billion health care marketplace, dispense nearly 40% of all retail prescriptions, and employ more than 300,000 individuals, including over 62,000 pharmacists. To learn more go to www.ncpanet.org or read NCPA's blog, The Dose, at http://ncpanet.wordpress.com/.
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