NCPA Establishes Long-Term Care (LTC) Advisory Board, Expands LTC Programming for Pharmacists


Alexandria, Va. - Jan. 13, 2011

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) today announced changes to help facilitate its new Long-Term Care (LTC) Division dedicated to advancing the interests of independent long-term care pharmacy providers and their patients.

First, NCPA has established an LTC advisory board to help address the business impact of proposed government policy on independents. The board will serve as a sounding board assisting NCPA in understanding the marketplace and the effect on long-term care residents. Members of the board include:

Jim McMackin, Wilson Pharmacy, Johnson City, TN
Dennis Conlin, Conlin's Pharmacy, Methuen, MA
Brian Beach, Kelley Ross Pharmacy, Seattle, WA
Jim Dunham, Americare, Cookville, TN
Stephen Carroll, All Care, Arkadelphia, AR
Rick Steinhauser, Merwin LTC Pharmacy, Minneapolis, MN
Sharlea Leatherwood, Great Oak Pharmacy, Gladstone, MO
Mike Flint, Mallatt Pharmacy, Madison, WI
Michele Belcher, Grants Pass Pharmacy, Grants Pass, OR
Ryan Beddingfield, United Pharmacy Services, Norcross, GA
Russ Zacharian, Model Drug, Kingsburg, CA
Paula Perrone, PerroneRx, Ft. Worth, TX
Vernon Massengill, North Village Pharmacy, Yanceyville, NC
Mary Ludlow, White Oak Pharmacy, Spartanburg, SC
Patty Crawford, LTC Pharmacy Solutions, Richmond, VA
Jeff Schneider, Legacy Consultant Pharmacy, Winston-Salem, NC

Second, on the business side, NCPA has reformatted and improved its popular Community Aging, Assisted Living, and Long-Term Care (CAALLTC) program to include education opportunities for both beginning and seasoned practitioners.

CAALLTC "Essentials" is a 1.5-day live program that introduces attendees to the opportunities of providing long-term care services and the business efficiencies necessary for success. Attendees will learn about senior care settings, useful workflow, packaging and inventory management tools, and how to market your pharmacy services to facilities in a manner that distinguishes you from the competition. "Essentials" is an entry-level program designed for pharmacists who wish to begin offering senior care pharmacy services to group homes, adult day care and assisted living facilities, retirement communities and hospice.

CAALLTC "Advanced" is a two-day live program that will teach "seasoned" providers about many profitable LTC growth opportunities disguised as problems. The definition of LTC is expanding and the future of the industry will be in the hands of efficient and informed pharmacists who will not allow themselves to be victims of change, but rather embrace it. "Advanced" is for practitioners providing pharmacy services to LTC facilities (nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities)

"NCPA is committed to meeting advocacy needs and providing business solutions to LTC pharmacies and these are important steps toward that goal," said Robert J. Greenwood, RPh, NCPA president and Iowa pharmacy owner. "The year 2011 will be filled with challenges and opportunities for LTC pharmacies and NCPA will give independent long-term care pharmacy providers a strong, clear voice in their communities, Congress, the courts, and in federal agencies.

NCPA members have already begun to express praise for the division. Michele Belcher, Oregon pharmacy owner and NCPA member said, "As a long-time member of NCPA, I'm excited about this new division created to protect the interests of my LTC pharmacy business."

The LTC Division's advocacy efforts such as providing a community pharmacy perspective to CMS on the potential impacts of proposed short-cycle dispensing rules; working to find a compromise on the LTC nurse-as-agent issue that ensures patients get needed medications in a timely manner; and submitting recommendations to ensure the smooth implementation of e-prescribing rules in LTC settings.

For more information and to sign up for timely regulatory and compliance updates and other benefits, interested pharmacists can visit the new LTC website, www.ncpaltc.org.

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents the interests of America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies, pharmacy franchises, and chains. Together they represent a $93 billion health-care marketplace, have more than 315,000 employees including 62,400 pharmacists, and dispense over 41% of all retail prescriptions. To learn more go to www.ncpanet.org or read NCPA's blog, The Dose, at http://ncpanet.wordpress.com.

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