NACDS Board of Directors Members Meet with Congress, Administration Topics include DIR fee reform, broader reimbursement issues, pharmacist provider status legislation, opioid-abuse prevention and more

By: | Sep-28-18

Members of the NACDS Board of Directors traveled to Washington, D.C. this week to meet with ten Senators and Representatives with pivotal leadership and committee posts, with Administration officials, and with key Congressional staff.

The Board’s meeting agenda mirrored the NACDS “Access Agenda” — which conveys the sense that just as pharmacists provide access to better healthcare every day, they also are well-positioned to provide access to health policy solutions. The Access Agenda includes three components: the proactive offense of enhancing access to newer services (ex., federal provider status and state scope of practice); the tough defense of preserving patients’ access to care (ex., direct and indirect remuneration – or DIR – fee reform and broader reimbursement and drug-pricing issues); and working as partners for stronger and safer communities (ex., opioid issues).

Pictured here at the U.S. Capitol, from left to right, are: Brian Nightengale, president, Good Neighbor Pharmacy; NACDS Treasurer Richard Ashworth, president, operations, Walgreen Co.; Kevin Hourican, executive vice president, CVS Health, and president, CVS Pharmacy; NACDS Vice Chairman Chris Lane, executive vice president, Wakefern Food Corp./ShopRite; NACDS Chairman Mark Panzer, senior vice president, health and wellness, Albertsons Companies; Craig Painter, executive chairman of the Board, Kinney Drugs, Inc.; NACDS Past Chairman Randy Edeker, chairman, CEO and president, Hy-Vee, Inc.; NACDS Past Chairman Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance, and president, Walgreen Co.; and NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who also serves on the Senate Finance Committee, and a member of the Senator’s staff discuss priority issues with NACDS Board members. Pictured from left to right are Craig Painter, executive chairman of the Board, Kinney Drugs, Inc.; NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE; and NACDS Chairman Mark Panzer, senior vice president, health and wellness, Albertsons Companies.

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), who serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee (third from right), meets with (from left to right) Craig Painter, executive chairman of the Board, Kinney Drugs, Inc.; NACDS Vice Chairman Chris Lane, executive vice president, Wakefern Food Corp./ShopRite; NACDS Chairman Mark Panzer, senior vice president, health and wellness, Albertsons Companies; NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE; and NACDS Past Chairman Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance, and president, Walgreen Co.

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) (third from left) meets with (from left to right) NACDS Past Chairman Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance, and president, Walgreen Co.; NACDS Chairman Mark Panzer, senior vice president, health and wellness, Albertsons Companies; NACDS Vice Chairman Chris Lane, executive vice president, Wakefern Food Corp./ShopRite; NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE; and Craig Painter, executive chairman of the Board, Kinney Drugs, Inc.

Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), who serves on the House Judiciary Committee (back right), meets with NACDS Board of Directors members and staff.

At a meeting in the White House complex are (from left to right) NACDS Past Chairman Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance, and president, Walgreen Co.; NACDS Chairman Mark Panzer, senior vice president, health and wellness, Albertsons Companies; Kevin Hourican, executive vice president, CVS Health, and president, CVS Pharmacy; Brian Nightengale, president, Good Neighbor Pharmacy; Craig Painter, executive chairman of the Board, Kinney Drugs, Inc.; NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE; NACDS Past Chairman Randy Edeker, chairman, CEO and president, Hy-Vee, Inc.; NACDS Treasurer Richard Ashworth, president, operations, Walgreen Co.; and NACDS Vice Chairman Chris Lane, executive vice president, Wakefern Food Corp./ShopRite.

2018-09-28T16:48:59+00:00Sep-28-18|Categories: Article|