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Cyber Preparedness Focus of Town Hall Meetings

The Health Information Trust (HITRUST) Alliance and Deloitte will hold cyber preparedness, education and simulation events in major cities across the U.S. The cyber town hall sessions, part of the ongoing HITRUST CyberRX 2.0 program, will provide an opportunity for healthcare organizations to learn how to assess their ability to respond effectively to cyber threats and attacks, and understand what resources are available to improve collaboration and cyber intelligence sharing.

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Provider Status Bill: Look How Far You Have Come!

During one of the sessions at the 2008 NACDS Regional Chain Conference, we projected onto the video screen some images of advertisements that NACDS was beginning to use in the Washington, D.C. area. Looking back, one of the things that I remember most was the boldness and strategic focus of the tagline: “Pharmacies. The face of neighborhood healthcare.” With the 2015 edition of this meeting just days away, it is striking how far we have come!

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NACDS Backs Bill to Open State-Approved Pharmacist Services to Medicare Patients
Feel the Power of the Product Showcase at the NACDS Total Store Expo
Rx Response is Monitoring the Northeast Winter Storm

Rx Response--an initiative of the bio-pharmaceutical supply chain to ensure the continued flow of medicine during times of emergency—has been monitoring the Northeast winter storm and has activated Rx Open, which provides county level and individual pharmacy maps that provide information about open pharmacies in a disaster impacted area.

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Whether you are a patient, a provider, a business, a health plan, or a taxpayer, it is in our common interest to build a health care system that delivers better care, spends health care dollars more wisely and results in healthier people.

-- Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announcing yesterday a plan to implement measurable goals and a timeline to shift Medicare reimbursements

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NACDS Emphasizes Collaboration in Curbing Prescription Drug Diversion, Abuse
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U.S. Supreme Court Hears Case on Medicaid Reimbursement
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NACDS Urges FCC Clarification on Pharmacy Refill Reminders, Healthcare Communications for Patients
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NACDS Backs Bill to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse, Protect Patients
Don’t Miss a Chance to Tell Congress What Pharmacy Means to You

NACDS RxIMPACT emailed thousands of advocates this week promoting the 7th Annual NACDS RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill event scheduled for March 25-26, 2015, in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of participants—representing 45 states and 33 percent of the NACDS membership—have already registered to attend the event.

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By the Numbers: Millennials to Overtake Baby Boomers

Source: A January 2015 Pew Research study

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The Case for Pharmacist Provider Status Gains Traction

Amid greater demand for healthcare and a shortage in physicians, pharmacists have expanded their role in healthcare delivery by providing vaccinations, health education and disease-state testing. Pharmacists also provide face-to-face medication management services (MTM) that promote medication adherence, which leads to better care and lower costs.

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Millennials don’t necessarily see a clear boundary between the customer and the brand, the customer and marketer, and the customer and service provider.

--an article in Forbes, “The Millennial Customer Has $200 Billion to Spend (But Wants A New Style Of Customer Service)”