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H.R.616 To amend part B of title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for an exemption of pharmacies and pharmacists from certain Medicare accreditation require..., 111th Congress

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  • Latest Action: Jan 22, 2009 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

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    • On January 30, 2010, by USA92 - Certain accreditation requirements, including those in Medicare, that are unfunded need to be repealed by this amendment to the part B of title XVIII of the Social Security Act. If this don't become law, more patients will suffer from unnecessary requirements from the CMS.

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      As noted by USA92, a user on OpenCongress.org, on January 30, 2010, "Certain accreditation requirements, including those in Medicare, that are unfunded need to be repealed by this amendment to the part B of title XVIII of the Social Security Act. If this don't become law, more patients will suffer from unnecessary requirements from the CMS."
    • On January 26, 2009, by Anonymous - HR 616 will allow pharmacies to continue to provide services to their patients. Pharmacists and pharmacies are already licensed and regulated in all 50 states which makes the accreditation requirements redundant. Accreditation is costly to pharmacies and has resulted in pharmacies choosing not to complete the requirement. This choice will limit patient access to DMEPOS items and have an adverse affect on Medicare Patients.

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      As noted by Anonymous, a user on OpenCongress.org, on January 26, 2009, "HR 616 will allow pharmacies to continue to provide services to their patients. Pharmacists and pharmacies are already licensed and regulated in all 50 states which makes the accreditation requirements redundant. Accreditation is costly to pharmacies and has resulted in pharmacies choosing not to complete the requirement. This choice will limit patient access to DMEPOS items and have an adverse affect on Medicare Patients. "
    • On January 28, 2009, by Anonymous - The costly and duplicative requirements imposed by CMS will only hurt patient access to important medical supplies including diabetic supplies. H.R.616 will allow Pharmacies and Phamacists to continue to be on the front line in patient care.

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      As noted by Anonymous, a user on OpenCongress.org, on January 28, 2009, "The costly and duplicative requirements imposed by CMS will only hurt patient access to important medical supplies including diabetic supplies. H.R.616 will allow Pharmacies and Phamacists to continue to be on the front line in patient care."

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    • Overview - OpenCongress - February 08, 2011 by opencongress.org - Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)/Oversight and Government Reform, House Administration (2/10/11) — A bill to provide that four of the twelve weeks of parental leave made available to a federal employee shall be paid leave, . ...

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      As noted by opencongress.org on February 08, 2011, "Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)/Oversight and Government Reform, House Administration (2/10/11) — A bill to provide that four of the twelve weeks of parental leave made available to a federal employee shall be paid leave, . ..." (http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h616/show)
    • Selling general and administrative expenses declined 14% from $2 ... - May 22, 2010 by Memphis Striving Readers - “Representatives Marion Berry andJerry Moran, who are strong allies of community pharmacies, are offering asolution with H.R 616. The OnMedia 100 award is given to private, emergingtechnology companies in the advertising, publishing, ...

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      As noted by Memphis Striving Readers on May 22, 2010, "“Representatives Marion Berry andJerry Moran, who are strong allies of community pharmacies, are offering asolution with H.R 616. The OnMedia 100 award is given to private, emergingtechnology companies in the advertising, publishing, ..." (http://www.memphisstrivingreaders.org/selling-general-and-administrative-expenses-declined-14-from-2)
    • KFFB 106.1 FM — Arkansas Radio — Online Radio–Arkansas Politics ... - October 01, 2009 by KFFB 106.1 FM -- Arkansas Radio -- Online... - Earlier this year, Congressman Berry introduced H.R. 616, which would fix this problem by adding pharmacists to the list of medical professionals exempted from a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) accreditation requirement. ...

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      As noted by KFFB 106.1 FM -- Arkansas Radio -- Online... on October 01, 2009, "Earlier this year, Congressman Berry introduced H.R. 616, which would fix this problem by adding pharmacists to the list of medical professionals exempted from a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) accreditation requirement. ..." (http://www.kffb.com/blog/berry-fights-to-preserve-access-to-care-for-seniors/)

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    • NCPA Endorses HR 616 - January 21, 2009 by Earthtimes (press release), UK - sought to correct unfair treatment of community pharmacists by introducing HR 616. Community pharmacists are the only medical professionals that must meet ...

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      As noted by Earthtimes (press release), UK on January 21, 2009, "sought to correct unfair treatment of community pharmacists by introducing HR 616. Community pharmacists are the only medical professionals that must meet ..." (http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/ncpa-endorses-hr-616,689142.shtml)
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