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PTCE Announces September ‘Faces of Pharmacy’ Winners in Recognition of American Pharmacists Month

Yearlong campaign recognizes pharmacists for their dedication, and often overlooked contributions, to transforming healthcare

In support of American Pharmacists Month in October, PTCE, a leader in continuing education for multispecialty pharmacists and pharmacy professionals, is committed to recognizing pharmacists’ contributions to health care practices and all they do for their communities through its ‘Faces of Pharmacy’ recognition program.

In this transforming health care landscape, The Faces of Pharmacy nomination opportunity celebrates pharmacists, who navigate evolving health care practices and continue to make a difference in the lives of their patients.

Continuing its year-long campaign, PTCE is proud to announce its September winners:

  • Alisa Eibling, Pharm.D., Clinical Director, PFSP Specialty Pharmacy

  • Adam King, MPH, CPhT, PR, Executive Director and founder, CompassionRx

  • Jameika Stuckey, Pharm.D., Clinical Supervisor and medication safety manager, University of Mississippi Medical Center

  • Michael Lorenzo Tinglin, Pharm.D., Clinical Pharmacist, Premier Family Medical

“Congratulations to the four pharmacy professionals who were selected as the winners of our Faces of Pharmacy program,” said Jim Palatine, R.Ph., MBA, president of PTCE. “The number of nominations we have received for the month of September truly exemplifies the need and desire to acknowledge these healthcare professionals who make a difference in the lives of their patients. In honor of American Pharmacists Month, we are devoted to showing our appreciation for the care and commitment of pharmacy professionals in the industry, and we will continue to recognize these professionals every month with our inaugural yearlong campaign.”

Each month, PTCE will select four pharmacy professionals to feature on its website and social media platforms in recognition of their unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional care to patients.

Nominations can be submitted online by colleagues, patients, friends and family members of outstanding pharmacists, pharmacy technicians or anyone else working in the industry. Submissions should detail what the nominee has done to ensure access to treatment and care or describe how they go above and beyond to support their patients or community.

For more information about the September Faces of Pharmacy winners, click here.

About Pharmacy Times Continuing Education™

Pharmacy Times Continuing Education™ (PTCE) is a leader in continuing education for retail, health system, oncology, managed care and specialty pharmacists. PTCE is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education (CPE). PTCE’s print, online and live CPE activities are designed to help improve the knowledge, competence and skills of pharmacists so they are better prepared to provide the highest quality pharmacy care to the patients they serve and to the physicians they assist as part of a multidisciplinary treatment/management team. To learn more about the educational activities sponsored by PTCE, visit

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Telemedicine Takedown; Cue the Copays; Winners for Satisfaction

Welcome to Telehealth Roundup, highlighting news and features about emerging trends in telemedicine and telehealth.

Telemedicine Schemes Bring Federal Charges

The Department of Justice charged 345 people, including more than 100 doctors, nurses, and other licensed medical professionals, in what the agency called its largest healthcare fraud case ever.

Defendants were charged with submitting more than $6 billion in false and fraudulent claims to federal health care programs and private insurers, the justice department said.

The largest amount — $4.5 billion in allegedly false and fraudulent claims submitted by more than 86 criminal defendants in 19 judicial districts — involved telemedicine schemes.

In some cases, business executives paid doctors and nurse practitioners to order unnecessary durable medical equipment, genetic and diagnostic testing, or medications, either without any patient interaction or with only a brief phone conversation with patients they had never met, prosecutors said. Fraudulent claims were submitted to Medicare and other government payers and proceeds laundered through international shell corporations and foreign banks, according to court documents.

CMS’s Center for Program Integrity separately announced that it revoked the Medicare billing privileges of 256 other medical professionals for their involvement in fraudulent telemedicine schemes.

“This nationwide enforcement operation is historic in both its size and scope, alleging billions of dollars in healthcare fraud across the country,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian Rabbitt said in a statement. It follows the 2019 Operation Brace Yourself takedown, a $1 billion orthotic brace scheme also involving telemedicine fraud.

Insurers Roll Back Coverage

UnitedHealth Group and Anthem customers may face out-of-pocket charges for certain telehealth visits starting Oct. 1, STAT reported.

Until Sept. 30, UnitedHealth had covered the full cost of telehealth visits with in-network providers at no cost to patients. Now, depending on their benefits plan, some UnitedHealth members will be responsible for copays, coinsurance, and deductibles for virtual medical care not related to COVID-19.

Anthem also will stop waiving the cost of copays, coinsurance, and deductibles for virtual visits not related to COVID-19 as of Oct. 1 for some members.

It’s not clear how much patients will pay for telehealth services or how these costs will compare with in-office visits.

“I think it’s irresponsible to decrease payment for the kind of care that so many patients are receiving,” Adam Licurse, MD, executive director of the virtual care department at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Faulkner Hospital in Boston, told STAT.

“For many patients, it’s their lifeline right now — it’s the only way that they’re feeling comfortable or safe receiving care.

Potential effects on providers also are concerning, Licurse said: “To have a provider feel financial pressure to offer less telehealth and bring more patients into the office — because they have to pay the bills and keep the lights on and keep their practice running — is a pressure providers shouldn’t have to face.”

Some insurers, including CVS Health and BlueCross BlueShield Tennessee, already have extended their expiration date until the end of this year, and others may follow suit.

2020 Nobel Prize winners announced

The prestigious award comes with a gold medal and prize money of over $1.1 million courtesy of a bequest left by Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — The 2020 Nobel Prizes kick off Monday with the naming of the winner, or winners, in the field of physiology and medicine.

A panel at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm will announce the recipient some time after 11:30 a.m. ET (0930 GMT).

The medicine prize carries particular significance this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has highlighted the importance that medical research has for societies and economies around the world. However, it is unlikely that the winners will have been directly involved in researching the new virus, as the prize usually goes to discoveries made many years or even decades ago.

Often the Nobel Assembly recognizes basic science that has laid the foundations for practical applications in common use today.

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It is common for several scientists who worked in the same field to share the prize. Last year, British scientist Peter Ratcliffe and Americans William Kaelin and Gregg Semenza received the award for discovering details of how the body’s cells sense and react to low oxygen levels.

The prestigious award comes with a gold medal and prize money of 10 million Swedish kronor (over $1,118,000), courtesy of a bequest left 124 years ago by the prize’s creator, Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel. The amount was increased recently to adjust for inflation.

The other prizes are physics, chemists, literature, peace and economics.

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