PHARMACY

Focusing on member health

BY Michael Johnsen

More and more, Sam’s Club as a brand is becoming associated with health care, and not just through its 604 pharmacy operations, 567 optical locations and 420 hearing facilities. Sam’s Club made headlines in the past year by becoming the first retailer to complement its full suite of healthcare offerings with a health exchange solution created in partnership with health insurer Aetna.

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Sam’s Club pharmacies continue to host 10 free monthly health screenings nationwide each year for members and non-members. “Offering free screenings for the fifth consecutive year is part of our commitment to improve the lives and wellbeing of people in the communities we serve,” said Jill Turner-Mitchael, SVP Sam’s Club health and wellness. “We’re determined to continue finding ways to make health care accessible.”

Sam’s Club prides itself on its suite of immunization offerings, which include the ability for small business members to schedule in-office flu vaccinations for their employees at select locations. Such services are communicated to members through Sam’s Club’s bi-monthly wellness magazine, Healthy Living Made Simple, which in its fourth year reaches 8 million members.

“Whenever people visit Sam’s Club at all, I want them to be able to experience health-and-wellness in a way that they leave healthier no matter how they engage with us,” said Sherri Thomas, director, managed care services for Sam’s Club, in discussing the health exchange launch with Drug Store News. “If it’s through our pharmacy, optical or hearing services, if they’re engaged in the exchange, if it’s through our health screenings — I want them to be a healthier person because they’re engaged with Sam’s Club.”

That focus on member health is paying dividends: A J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Pharmacy Study ranked Sam’s Club Pharmacy “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Mass Merchandiser Pharmacies.”

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Lawmakers push for transition period to implement AMP-based FULs

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ARLINGTON, Va. — Sixty-four members of the U.S. Senate and the House asked Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to adopt at least a one-year transition period for states to implement the April 2015 average manufacturer price based federal upper limits. In a statement, National Association of Chain Drug Stores commended Sens. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Mark Warner (D-VA) and Reps. Chris Collins (R-NY) and Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA) for leading the way. 
 
According to NACDS, senators urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services to preserve access to important prescription medications for Medicaid patients by supporting “proper and accurate reimbursement for retail community pharmacies that dispense prescription drugs to Medicaid beneficiaries, and ensuring that state Medicaid programs have sufficient time to implement federal regulatory changes.”
 
CMS announced a delay in the implementation of AMP-based FULs last June. Last November, CMS said that at the same time the “Final Rule on Medicaid Covered Outpatient Drugs” is released, it plans to finalize the new FULs and guidance to states for implementing those FULs. In their letter, lawmakers stressed the need for at least a one-year period to help states meet the requirements of the final rule.  
 
“States need time to pass drug reimbursement changes through their legislatures, particularly in light of the fact that a number of state legislatures end their sessions in spring or early summer every year. States will also need sufficient time to conduct cost-of-dispensing studies to allow for the calculation of fair pharmacy reimbursement, as well as time needed to file State Plan Amendments to make adjustments in light of the new FULs,” the House letter stated. 
 
NACDS president and CEO Steven Anderson expressed his appreciation to the lawmakers in signing the letters: “The implementation of these AMP-based FULs poses great concern for pharmacy patient care. And we appreciate the recognition by U.S. Senators and Representatives of the need for an adequate transition period so that states have an opportunity to make an effective transition to help preserve access to pharmacy services for low-income Americans.”
 

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“Patients no longer see one doctor,” said Michael Ziegler, QS/1 senior manager, marketing and analyst. “Patients also consult with specialists, nurse practitioners and pharmacists about their health. That is why this collaboration with CCNC is crucial.”
 
According to Ziegler, healthcare providers can review and update the records of patients each time they receive care. “Participating pharmacies can then access this data to view a complete picture of patient medication adherence,” he said.
 
PharmaceHome was developed as part of a grant from the Office of the National Coordinator. Community pharmacies in N.C. will use the database to document activities that make up a Comprehensive Medication Review. This will follow up on issues related to drug therapy problems, QS/1 said. 
 
“QS/1 is pleased to see CCNC work on an effort that focuses on the benefits community pharmacy brings to healthcare and to find ways to reimburse pharmacies for this value,” Ziegler said.
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