Maryland R.Ph.s seek fix for flawed Medicaid reimbursement rule

Maryland pharmacists urge House Majority Leader Hoyer to put patients first

Maryland community pharmacists gathered recently at County Drug in La Plata, Md., to urge House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D, Md.) to bring H.R. 3140—Saving Our Community Pharmacies Act of 2007—to the House floor for a vote. The Medicaid reimbursement rule, which will be fully implemented on Jan. 30, 2008, threatens pharmacy's economic viability as well as patient access to pharmacy services, according to the Maryland pharmacists. "AMP does not properly measure retail acquisition costs; it includes sales prices that are unavailable to community pharmacies like County Drug," said Howard Schiff, executive director of the Maryland Pharmacists Association.

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