Alexandria, Va. (January 19, 2011)
The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) announced today that the Pharmacy Providers of Oklahoma, Inc (PPOk) has signed up all of its members for membership in NCPA.
"PPOk's leadership and many of its pharmacies have long been supporters and members of NCPA and we're excited to now have all of its members on board," said Robert J. Greenwood, RPh, NCPA President and Iowa pharmacy owner. "With so many changes and challenges before us, independent pharmacy must demonstrate strength in numbers and work together for our profession and our patients. We're glad to have PPOk join us in our efforts to make our voices heard."
"We are very pleased to provide yet another benefit to our PPOk members. As a result of their membership in NCPA, they will be better informed on the many critical issues facing our profession," stated Lonny Wilson, PPOk's CEO. "We are absolutely committed in our efforts to really get behind NCPA's political advocacy and government affairs initiatives."
NCPA is the leading advocate in Washington and around the country for independent community pharmacies and their patients. In addition to benefitting from and supporting NCPA's advocacy efforts, PPOk members will now have access to additional perquisites of NCPA membership, including financial benchmarking, via the NCPA Digest, sponsored by Cardinal Health; exclusive peer-to-peer Members Forum discussions and updates on health care reform implementation; programs like Dispose My Meds prescription drug disposal; and discounts on the best pharmacy meetings in the industry.
PPOk's services to its members include RxSelect Third Party Contracting Services, Central Payment, Claims Reconciliation, RxLinc Claims Transmission, Contract Compliance Monitoring, MAC Evaluations, RxProtect Audit Services and Buying Group Programs for over 500 pharmacies. PPOk is a membership-owned, not-for-profit corporation whose sole purpose is to ensure the viability, success, and competitiveness of its participating pharmacies.
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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