The Independent Pharmacy Alliance Podcast
PBM Reform Legislation in New York and the Battle Ahead with Thomas D’Angelo

PBM Reform Legislation in New York and the Battle Ahead with Thomas D’Angelo

January 19, 2022

New York passed PBM reform legislation last year with near-unanimous votes requiring pharmacy benefit managers to be licensed by the state, be more transparent about the money they get from drug companies, and more. But what comes next? This week we're joined by Thomas D'Angelo, the Chairman of the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York to discuss just that.

A New PBM Law And Real Political Action You Can Do With Laurie Clark

A New PBM Law And Real Political Action You Can Do With Laurie Clark

December 15, 2021

Good news. Governor Murphy signed a new law that requires PBMs working in New Jersey’s Medicaid program to disclose information on spread-pricing to the State. This week we are once again joined by Laurie Clark to tell us how this new law helps carve out PBMs from the state Medicaid program and what else can we do to help independent pharmacies on the state and federal levels.

Getting Money Back And Filing Reimbursement Appeals With IPA

Getting Money Back And Filing Reimbursement Appeals With IPA

November 3, 2021

One of the many frustrating things about owning a pharmacy is filing appeals for low and below-cost reimbursements with Pharmacy Benefit Managers. Most pharmacy owners are too busy running their pharmacy to correct their reimbursements and miss out on opportunities to get money back. This week we talk to IPA's own Heather Rodgers about the best way to file appeals, the common mistakes that owners make, and how the Independent Pharmacy Alliance can help you through the process. 

Does A New Administration Mean PBM Reform with Karry LaViolett

Does A New Administration Mean PBM Reform with Karry LaViolett

October 13, 2021

The Biden Administration is wrapping up its first year, with talks of reconciliation bills, 3.5 trillion dollar deals, and big Supreme Court decisions. This week we spoke to Karry La Violette from the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). She spoke about how the proposed changes affect independent pharmacists, what's being done in Washington to help pharmacy-owners, and how we can help make positive changes for our community. 

PBM Reform In New York With Thomas D‘Angelo

PBM Reform In New York With Thomas D‘Angelo

September 15, 2021

New York has a new governor after a tumultuous end to Andrew Cuomo's term. Now there are four bills sitting on the Governor's desk that could help independent pharmacists in the state of New York. We talked to the Chairman of the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York, Thomas D'Angelo. He told us what it took to get those bills passed the legislature, why they are important, and what other states can take from this model.  

Uncovering $244 Million In PBM Spread Pricing with Antonio Ciaccia

Uncovering $244 Million In PBM Spread Pricing with Antonio Ciaccia

August 25, 2021

This week we speak with Antonio Ciaccia, the President of 3 Axis Advisors, about how he helped uncover $244 million in PBM spread pricing in Ohio Medicaid. We also speak about the laws that are being proposed that could reduce drug costs at the pharmacy counter and other policy solutions that can bring down patient drug costs.

Lower Costs, Higher Prices, and PBMs With Madelaine Feldman

Lower Costs, Higher Prices, and PBMs With Madelaine Feldman

August 11, 2021

Dr. Madelaine Feldman is a rheumatologist with The Rheumatology Group in New Orleans, LA. This week she speaks to Anthony about PBMs, particularly the effect that PBM formulary construction and utilization management tools have on pricing and access to drugs (availability & affordability).

Real Politics For Pharmacy Owners 101 With Laurie Clark

Real Politics For Pharmacy Owners 101 With Laurie Clark

July 28, 2021

Most people aren’t aware of how difficult and complex the legislative process can be. This week we are joined by Laurie Clark who serves as Legislative Counsel to Garden State Pharmacy Owners. She talks to us about the state and federal legislative process and explains to us the best ways for independent pharmacists to get involved.

Community Outreach For Independent Pharmacies - with Neil Raval

Community Outreach For Independent Pharmacies - with Neil Raval

July 14, 2021

Independent pharmacies provide important services that are often unavailable at chain locations or elsewhere in the community. This week we speak with Neil Raval, owner of Hickory Pharmacy in East Windsor, NJ, about his passion for community service and his work during the COVID-19 crisis

Warning: PBMs are Bad for Your Health - With Anthony Minniti

Warning: PBMs are Bad for Your Health - With Anthony Minniti

June 30, 2021

An interview with Independent Pharmacy Owner Anthony Minniti on how PBMs are endangering the profession of pharmacy and playing doctor.

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