ALEXANDRIA, Va. (May 22, 2017) In comments submitted for a House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee hearing on the current status of the Medicare program, the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) offered suggestions to enhance Medicare and increase beneficiary access to prescription drugs and related essential health services. They include enacting legislation to help strengthen community pharmacists' ability to provide essential services to their patients, particularly in underserved areas and that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) address and clarify a number of issues of interest for community pharmacy.
"Independent community pharmacies play a critical role in ensuring Medicare beneficiaries have immediate access to medications," NCPA said. "Ninety-two percent of sales revenue at an independent community pharmacy is derived from prescription drugs and Medicare Part D accounts for 35 percent of these prescriptions."
In its comments, NCPA recommended the following: