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Sensipar Added To ESRD Drug ListLTC Industry News
June 05, 2018

Sensipar Added To ESRD Drug List

It will be more difficult to get Sensipar (~$32 / pill) covered by part D for your custodial residents. Please work through your High Cost Med Report.

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By Laura Lindberg

Local nursing homes to pay $6.9M to resolve kickback scandalLTC Industry News
November 16, 2017

Local nursing homes to pay $6.9M to resolve kickback scandal

The owner of four San Diego-area nursing homes has agreed to pay as much as $6.9 million to resolve civil allegations that their employees paid kickbacks for patient referrals and submitted fraudulent bills to government health-care programs, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.

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By Derek Ishaque

KKR to take PharMerica privateLTC Industry News
August 02, 2017

KKR to take PharMerica private

PharMerica Corp (PMC.N), a U.S. pharmacy manager for long-term care facilities, said on Wednesday it agreed to be acquired by a newly formed company controlled by buyout firm KKR & Co LP

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By Derek Ishaque

Cost of Joint Replacement Using Bundled Payment ModelsLTC Industry News
January 20, 2017

Cost of Joint Replacement Using Bundled Payment Models

In this observational study of 3942 patients who received joint replacement surgery, there was a decrease of $5577 (20.8%) in total spending per episode.

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By Derek Ishaque

2016 Prior Authorization LTC Industry News
July 12, 2016

2016 Prior Authorization

All health plans are now requiring PRESCRIBER to process prior-authorizations. Pharmacists can no-longer submit the PA>

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By Derek Ishaque

Guardian Announces New Partnership with Ron’s Pharmacy ServicesLTC Industry News
May 19, 2016

Guardian Announces New Partnership with Ron’s Pharmacy Services

Ron’s Pharmacy Services, located in San Diego, CA, has joined the Guardian family.

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By Derek Ishaque

OptumRx, Catamaran AcquisitionLTC Industry News
August 02, 2015

OptumRx, Catamaran Acquisition

Greater consolidation in the pharmacy benefit management industry.

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By Derek Ishaque

Proposed Changes to Nursing Home Rules: Biggest Changes in 24 YearsLTC Industry News
July 20, 2015

Proposed Changes to Nursing Home Rules: Biggest Changes in 24 Years

CMS released a preliminary copy of the proposed Reforms for Medicare/Medicaid LTC Requirements. These significantly amend the requirements for long-term care (LTC) facilities that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

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By Andrew Yeung, Pharm.D.

25% Reduction in Unnecessary Antipsychotic Medication in Nursing Homes is Goal for 2015LTC Industry News
March 03, 2015

25% Reduction in Unnecessary Antipsychotic Medication in Nursing Homes is Goal for 2015

The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care announced that it met its initial goal of reducing the national prevalence of antipsychotic use in long-term care residents by 15.1%.

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By Derek Ishaque