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Lisa Layman named associate vp for GPhA

BY Adam Kraemer

ARLINGTON, Va. Generic Pharmaceutical Association president and chief executive officer Kathleen Jaeger announced Wednesday that veteran Senate health care advisor Lisa Layman will be joining the association on Feb. 1 as associate vice president for Government Affairs and Policy.

“Lisa’s 16 years in federal health policy service will make her an excellent addition to our government affairs and policy team,” Jaeger said. “We are pleased to have Lisa join us as we work in the legislative and regulatory arenas to increase consumer access to safe, effective and affordable generic medicines.”

Most recently, Layman was a senior policy advisor to U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.. In that role, Layman developed and implemented legislative strategies focusing on Medicare, prescription drugs, health information technology and insurance.

Previously, Layman worked on health care issues for Sens. Bob Graham,  D-Fla., Richard Bryan, D-Nev., and John Chafee, R –RI, and held analyst positions with the National Academy of Social Insurance and the Congressional Budget Office.

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Boom in pharmacy openings leads to shortage of pharmacists

BY Drew Buono

ALEXANDRIA, Va. and ST. LOUIS, Ill. Pharmacies are booming in business and as a result new stores are being built at a rapid pace, so much so that there aren’t enough pharmacists to fill the new job openings, according to published reports.

According to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, there were 3,600 full-time openings for pharmacists throughout the nation last year reported by 37,000 member stores.

The reasons for the shortage, according to the National Community Pharmacists Association, are changes in insurance policies and federal regulations, which have made drugs more available to people. Also, the number of prescriptions being dispensed has grown from 2 billion to 3.2 billion in the last decade.

In Illinois, the state is trying to solve the shortage by opening more pharmacy schools. “I think a lot of new schools coming on board here will help alleviate the problem,” Phil Medon, dean of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy, said. “We haven’t had any graduates, yet, but long-term expansion at existing schools—plus new schools—are designed to help alleviate the shortage.”

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MTBC receives Microsoft partner honor

BY Drew Buono

SOMERSET, N.J. MTBC, an information technology company has received the distinguished Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program. The company focuses on revenue cycle management and electronic medical record solutions.

As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, MTBC has demonstrated expertise with Microsoft technologies and platforms. MTBC’s IT staff has successfully completed a series of examinations demonstrating the company’s competency and aptitude in utilizing and delivering Microsoft’s advanced technologies. MTBC gains access to a rich set of tools designed to help its physician clients realize improved billing and practice management solutions.

“We are very pleased to have attained Microsoft Gold Certified Partner status,” said David Rosenblum, president of MTBC. “Our Microsoft gold certification further distinguishes us from our competition. It will assist us as continue to leverage technology and deliver Internet-based revenue cycle and practice management services that enable medical providers to streamline and increase collections, while reducing associated costs.”

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