A new report from the Institute of Medicine recommends that 8 preventive health services for women be added to the services that health plans will cover at no cost to patients under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.
On August 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a final rule that will update Medicare payment policies and rates for hospitals in fiscal year 2012.
Many third-party payers have either switched to or are considering moving to a mail-order requirement for long-term prescriptions that would prevent patients from choosing to purchase medications through retail pharmacies. Pharmacists and patients are pushing back.
CMS is considering new regulations that would require Medicare Part D prescription drug plans to contract directly with long-term-care facilities rather than with consultant pharmacists. This doesn't sit well with the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists.
Proposed rules designed to cut waste in Medicare Part D could create problems for long-term-care pharmacy.
PainSAFE, an initiative of the American Pain Foundation, has launched a website to educate patients and practitioners about pain-management therapies and their risks.
Fewer pharmacists than ever before are devoting their full time to dispensing medication.
The DEA has changed its policy and now recognizes long-term-care nurses as agents of prescribers of Schedule C-III through C-V medications, according to a Federal Register notice released today.
The relationship between prescribing practitioners and nurses working in a long-term-care (LTC) facility is of significant concern to the LTC facility when controlled substances are needed.
The FDA has announced the availability of the first draft guidance for industry on Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies.