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1/10/2017 News

Medicare's Requirement for Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs Gets Delayed

The federal proposal to require antimicrobial stewardship programs in all acute care and critical access hospitals participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs seems to be among the items awaiting arrival of a new administrator at the overseeing agency.

1/3/2017 News

Looking Back on 2016 in Pharmacy News

Here are the 10 news stories in 2016 that garnered the most page views at the ASHP website last year.

12/22/2016

Bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act Becomes Law

BETHESDA, MD — The 21st Century Cures Act—conceived as a means to change the way the United States treats disease—was signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 13, 2016. "We're tackling cancer, brain disease, substance abuse disorders, and more," the president proclaimed during

12/21/2016 News

Part D Data Underscore Lack of Medication Management Superstars

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in October awarded five stars for overall quality—the highest rating possible—to six high-performing Medicare Part D prescription drug plan sponsors

12/20/2016 News

Rucaparib Approved as Targeted Monotherapy for Advanced Ovarian Cancer

FDA and Clovis Oncology on December 19 announced the approval of rucaparib oral tablets as monotherapy for advanced ovarian cancer, characterized by specific deleterious BRCA mutations, in women previously treated with two or more chemotherapy regimens.

12/14/2016

Pharmacists Help Small Kansas Hospital Cut Readmissions

BETHESDA, MD — Because of its designation as a critical access hospital, 25-bed Community Memorial Healthcare in Marysville, Kansas, isn't required to manage its rate of 30-day readmissions to secure full reimbursement for the treatment of Medicare beneficiaries. But the hospital is nonethe

12/14/2016 News

Medicare Finalizes Hospital Outpatient Payment Rule for 2017

Medicare's payments for hospital outpatient services provided during 2017 are projected to be 1.7% higher than payments for services provided in 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on November 1.

12/6/2016 Press Release

Choy Receives ASHP-ABHP Leadership Award

Mary Choy, Pharm.D., BCGP, FASHP, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the Touro College of Pharmacy and Clinical Pharmacist in Internal Medicine at Metropolitan Hospital, both located in Harlem, New York, N.Y., is the recipient of the 2016 ASHP and Association of Black Health-Syst

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