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DEC 2017

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Rx and Specialty Providers 18 www. H me N ews. C om / D e C em B er 2017 / H me N ews The HME Databank has the data you need to make knowledgeable decisions and move your business in the right direction. Determine your market share and track competitors with the most comprehensive database of Medicare data available. the gift of data! New data recently added! Downloadable in two formats: Excel PDF By Kelly Bo T hu M , Contributing Writer L y NN C ONNE lly is a trusted advocate for the customers who visit the Medicine Mart Pharmacy in West Columbia, S.C. But he's also been a leading propo- nent for independent pharmacists in his state. His efforts have led to the passage of important legislation advancing and recognizing the role of independent pharmacists. Connelly was named the 2017 Willard B. Simmons Independent Pharmacist of the y ear award by the National Community Pharmacists Association. The award recognizes exemplary leadership and commit- ment to the community. Connelly shares his insight into the challenges his industry faces. hme News: What are some of the biggest challenges facing an inde- pendent Rx these days? Lynn Connelly: We had two patients who had been with us long-term. They told us, "Mail order gets us the prescription for no co-pay." I hope we can level the playing field and let consumers have a true choice. We're also dealing with decreased reimbursement from PBM or third parties. That's why at the NCPA trade show it was so good to see so many new ideas coming about. I think that's where pharmacy is headed. hme : What's your involvement with the next generation of pharmacists? Connelly: I've been really involved with the colleges. We have seven different pharmacy students who are employees. I'm on the board for the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center. Through that, we've started a community residency pharmacy program. It's still the only commu- nity residency pharmacy program in the state. Our residents bring a whole slew of new services to us, like immunizations, help with selecting Medicare Part D, compre- hensive medication reviews and lots of detailed counseling. hme : How do you see the future of pharmacy? Connelly: I think just bringing in enhanced services to the commu- nity. We're on the cutting edge with our resident. He's got his own office and his own thing he's doing. We will send them over to the resident to sit down one on one and analyze their situation. y ou can't always do that when you're on the counter. y ou just have to have some extra help. hme Connelly: 'Let's level the playing field' INd IE pharmac I s T of T h E y E ar particularly the cost and burden for those providers and suppli- ers that are small businesses." The Trump administration has pledged to reduce regulatory burdens on businesses. Industry associations like the American Orthotic and Pros- thetic Association however, sup- ported the rule. "AOPA is disappointed that CMS decided to withdraw the proposed rule that would final- ly create regulations to imple- ment a law that was passed more than 17 years ago," the associa- tion said in a press release. "The withdrawal of the proposed rule once again exposes the Medi- care population to no regula- tion regarding what qualifica- tions are required to provide custom orthotic and prosthetic services." In May, Sen. Chuck Grassley R-Iowa, and Reps. Glenn "GT" Thompson, R-Pa., and Mike T h o m p s o n , D - C a l i f . , i n t ro - duced The Medicare Orthot- ics and Prosthetics Improve- ment Act of 2017 in both the Senate and House that calls on CMS to enforce a law that O&P providers be certified to receive p a y m e n t s u n d e r M e d i c a re . Similar bills have been intro- duced in previous sessions of Congress. hme RES c IND C O N T I N u E D F r O m p A g E 1 7

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