NCPA, GeriMed Partner to Advance Long-Term Care Pharmacies, Patients through NCPA LTC Division


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Alexandria, Va. - September 8, 2011

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) today announced the support of GeriMed Inc. for NCPA's Long-Term Care (LTC) Division, including having all of its members join the division, which was established to advance the interests of community pharmacies and their LTC patients.

In October 2010, the NCPA LTC Division was formed to lead comprehensive and multifaceted advocacy campaigns to promote policies that benefit long-term care residents and the independent pharmacists who care for them. The NCPA LTC Division represents all community pharmacies that provide LTC services, including "closed door" pharmacies that exclusively serve LTC facilities and their residents.

GeriMed is a group services organization providing closed door, long term care pharmacies with extraordinary tools to help their businesses grow. GeriMed was a founding sponsor of the popular Community Aging, Assisted Living, and Long-Term Care (CAALLTC) program which recently expanded to include education opportunities for both beginning and seasoned practitioners. In addition, GeriMed's founder H. Joseph Schutte, helped support the Good Neighbor Pharmacy National Community Pharmacists Association's (NCPA) Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition, now sponsored by AmerisourceBergen and Pharmacists Mutual.

"The demand for LTC services will only continue to rise as 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day. GeriMed is happy to support the new LTC Division and is positioned well to help pharmacists advance these important services in their communities," said Schutte.

"LTC pharmacy and community pharmacy providers both face significant regulatory and legislative barriers that threaten their ability to stay in business and care for their patients," said NCPA President and Waterloo, Iowa pharmacy owner Robert Greenwood, RPh. "Recognizing this, our Executive Committee established the NCPA LTC Division to give long-term care pharmacies and residents a greater voice in these critical policy debates. We're proud of the significant progress that has already been made. For example, NCPA played a leading role with other LTC stakeholders in working with Medicare officials to arrive at a much more reasonable approach to implementing the so-called 'short-cycle' dispensing policy.

"GeriMed is a leader in the long-term care field and we appreciate their support of our advocacy efforts to enhance the ability of LTC pharmacists to care for patients", Greenwood added.

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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