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We won the fight against NYS DOH AAC!
Background: On December 3, 2013 the NYS Department of Health (DOH) released statistical analysis and survey results for the New York Medicaid fee for service Average Acquisition Cost (AAC) and Cost of Dispensing (COD). DOH officials announced:
These results were not logical. The methodologies for obtaining these results were flawed. If the plan that NYS DOH proposes was implemented, the outcome for community pharmacy would have been detrimental. This would have effected all pharmacists, even those who do not accept Medicaid FFS. The real danger was that this becomes a benchmark for other payers.
PSSNY TOOK ACTION!!On Wednesday, January 15, 2014 a joint effort between PSSNY, NYCPS and the Indo-American Pharmacists Society brought together more than 500 pharmacists to become aware of the results and to understand the action that had be taken. We launched a grassroots campaign that resulted in thousands of letters emailed and faxed to NYS legislators from across the state. This was just the beginning.
RESULTS – WE WON!!!
On Saturday, March 29, 2014 we were notified by our lobbyist that WE WON! The NYS Legislature removed the authority of DOH to implement new methodologies for reimbursement AND they were directed to consult with all interested stakeholders in the development of a new methodology for reimbursement to pharmacies.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
The efforts of the dedicated volunteers leading the pharmacy initiative in NY saved community pharmacy from being cut $80 Million, and earned a solid seat at the decision making table for future changes. This effort was accomplished by members of PSSNY that are dedicated to serving the profession. If you are not a PSSNY member supporting pharmacy, or you know a pharmacist, or non-pharmacists pharmacy owner that is not a PSSNY member you MUST join today to be sure we remain solid for the future.
While this battle was won – we are still fighting the war!