Coronavirus updates: MAMES, NCPA, NHIA

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

MAMES has cancelled its 2020 MAMES Spring Excellence in HME Midwest Conference scheduled for April 28-30 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The association is planning to move all of the programming for this event to the 2020 MAMES Midwest Conference, Oct. 7-9. Attendees who are registered for the spring event have the option of a refund or moving their registration to the fall event…The NCPA has reiterated to Vice President Mike Pence and members of the administration’s Coronavirus Task Force how community pharmacy is ready and willing to assist with fighting the pandemic. This follows a March 2 letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offering their assistance. The NCPA’s recommendations include allowing independent community pharmacists to test for COVID-19, provide home delivery services, and test and vaccinate for influenza…In the wake of the coronavirus, the NHIA is urging Congress to adopt S. 3457 and H.R. 6218. The bills provide clarifications to the 21st Century Cures Act to recognize the full spectrum of professional services provided in home infusion and enable the delivery of infused medications in patients’ homes.