Feds ‘Strongly Encourage’ Nursing Home Staff to Receive COVID Vaccine Before Walgreens-CVS Rollout

Nursing home staffers shouldn’t necessarily count on receiving COVID-19 vaccines through a federally backed program run by pharmacy giants CVS Health and Walgreens, and should instead seek out local options as soon as immunizations becomes available, the federal government has indicated. The Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program can serve as a backup for nursing […]

Cold Storage, Medicaid Coverage: Inside the Walgreens, CVS Vaccination Deal for Nursing Homes

The federal government last week tapped a pair of retail pharmacy giants to distribute an eventual COVID-19 vaccine to nursing home residents across the country, and while there remain significant questions about the logistics of distributing an as-yet-unapproved vaccine, officials have continued to position the plan as the only workable solution to a massive public […]

Despite COVID Revenue Hit, Omnicare’s President Sees Stronger Future for Long-Term Care Pharmacies

James Love took the top post at one of the nation’s leading long-term care pharmacies in perhaps the most crucial and consequential month in the entire history of the sector: April 2020. In the six months since, the Omnicare president has had to navigate a post-acute and long-term care landscape forever changed by COVID-19, while […]

Omnicare Backs 50K COVID-19 Tests for Nursing Home Residents, Staff in Pennsylvania

Long-term care pharmacy giant Omnicare entered into a partnership with the state of Pennsylvania to provide 50,000 COVID-19 tests for employees and workers in nursing homes, Keystone State health officials announced this week. Omnicare, a subsidiary of retail pharmacy and health insurance giant CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), will start performing the tests free of charge […]

Some Managed Care Plans Lift Restrictions on Skilled Nursing Coverage Amid COVID-19 — But Not All

Multiple managed care plans have made changes to their procedures for admissions to the skilled nursing setting amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with several major companies suspending prior authorization requirements for admissions to a skilled nursing facility. The changes, however, are not uniform — and that’s if the managed care organization (MCO) chooses to make […]

CVS Health CEO: Omnicare Long-Term Care Pharmacy Business ‘Disappointing’

CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) CEO Larry Merlo this week described the health care giant’s experience with its Omnicare long-term pharmacy subsidiary, which serves nursing homes nationwide, as “disappointing.” Speaking Tuesday at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco, Merlo made a small reference to frustrations over struggles in the long-term care space since CVS […]

Feds Sue CVS, Omnicare Over Allegations of Fraudulent Long-Term Care Pharmacy Billing

The federal government on Tuesday announced a civil lawsuit against long-term care pharmacy heavyweight Omnicare, Inc. and its parent, CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), over allegations of widespread billing fraud. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through its Office of the Inspector General (OIG) watchdog arm, accused Omnicare and CVS of illegally “rolling over” […]

When Nursing Homes Hit Financial Trouble, Vendors Feel the Pinch — and Fight Back

When a skilled nursing provider enters receivership or bankruptcy, the safety and wellbeing of the residents is the top priority for all parties involved. The financial struggles raise questions about the continued provision of necessary care, and the safe transfer of operations becomes paramount. But in many recent SNF bankruptcies, or cases where a SNF […]

Skilled Nursing Pressures Force CVS to Take $2.2B Hit in Fourth Quarter

Shares of pharmacy and insurance giant CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) slid on Wednesday after executives reported a $2.2 billion impairment charge related to its long-term health care business. The Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS took the hit in the fourth quarter of 2018 due to troubles at its Omnicare arm, which provides pharmacy services to long-term health […]