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Differentiating Between PSAOs and PBMs

By Bretta Grinsteinner The world of community pharmacy has many players. Understanding their roles in an ever-changing, complicated healthcare system can be daunting, but EPIC Rx can help differentiate between two participants: Pharmacy Services Administrative Organizations (PSAOs) and Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs). PSAOs and PBMs serve vastly different roles, and it’s important not to confuse Continue reading


Start 2023 Strong Knowing These Star Ratings Changes

The COVID-19 pandemic shifted the way the world views health care. In response, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has adopted several changes to the idea that patients should face minimal hurdles to receiving care and treatment during COVID-19. New & Notable in 2023 The following measures have distinct exclusions that indicate how Continue reading


Brittany LaPorta named Director of Government Affairs for EPIC Pharmacies

EPIC Pharmacies has announced the appointment of Brittany LaPorta as its Director of Government Affairs. LaPorta will manage and coordinate state legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts for EPIC Pharmacies that protect the interests of community pharmacies. “It’s impossible for community pharmacists and owners to monitor the hundreds of legislative actions and bills that directly impact Continue reading


Next Level Patient Care Begins with a Successful Clinical Program

The COVID-19 pandemic greatly influenced the scope of community pharmacies. What was once considered just a place to pick up medication has expanded to a location providing health screenings and treatments. Clinical programs are an excellent way for independent pharmacies to create additional revenue while maintaining patient relationships. “The right PSAO partner can enhance your Continue reading


Community Pharmacy Definitions

The independent pharmacy industry is full of terminology that is important to understand. Here are some common pharmacy terms and definitions that will be helpful to know. Medicare Part D: The part of Medicare that covers most outpatient prescription drugs, Medicare Part D was implemented on January 1, 2006, under the “Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, Continue reading


EPIC Rx Supports HB 973 in Maryland

March 1, 2022Chair PendergrassCC: House Health and Government Operations CommitteeAnnapolis, Maryland Re: Supporting HB 973 – Pharmacy Services Administrative Organizations and Pharmacy Benefits Managers Dear Chair Pendergrass and Committee: EPIC Pharmacy Network (EPN), a Pharmacy Services Administrative Organization (PSAO) that has served Maryland independent pharmacies for 30 years, would like to express its support for Continue reading


2022 Annual Meeting Canceled Due to Growing Concerns over COVID-19 Virus

In the face of increasing and overwhelming concerns about the COVID-19 virus, EPIC Rx has decided to cancel the annual meeting scheduled for March 4-6, 2022, in National Harbor, MD. We have given the situation deep consideration and want to provide all attendees with ample opportunity to manage air travel and personal schedules. We also Continue reading


EPIC Pharmacies Announces 2021 Student Grant Award Recipients

EPIC Pharmacies, Inc., a national network of independently owned pharmacies, announced the winners of its 2021 student grant program. Grants were awarded to six pharmacy students who plan to practice in an independent pharmacy upon graduation.   “EPIC Pharmacies upholds a long-standing legacy of providing the tools and resources for young pharmacists to grow and Continue reading


EPIC Pharmacies Announces CEO Appointment

EPIC Rx has announced the appointment of Robert J. McLaughlin, Jr., R.Ph., as CEO and president. McLaughlin, who has held the role of interim CEO since April 2021, will lead EPIC Pharmacies Inc., EPIC Pharmacy Network Inc., and PharmCAP LLC. A proven business leader, McLaughlin brings 23 years of experience as CEO of Realo Discount Continue reading


What’s Worked at our Pharmacy: A Member’s Perspective on Clinical Services

Anna Baird, PharmD, and Ashley Abode, PharmD, are part of the EPIC Rx Clinical Mentor Program, in which independent pharmacists have graciously offered to share their knowledge and expertise in achieving clinical success with fellow EPIC Rx members. Contact us to learn more.   “At Realo Discount Drugs, we understand dispensing medications is only part of the story when it comes Continue reading