NCPA’s Hoey, HHS Sec. Becerra Discuss Community Pharmacy Priorities

NCPA and other provider organizations participate in roundtable conversation

NCPA June 29, 2021

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (June 29, 2021) National Community Pharmacists Association CEO B. Douglas Hoey, pharmacist, MBA today participated in a roundtable discussion with Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and leaders of several other provider organizations to discuss the industry’s expanding role in health care.

Hoey covered four major priorities for independent pharmacists:  

  • Eliminating retroactive price concessions known as pharmacy DIR fees, which are imposed on pharmacies by pharmacy benefit managers and have increased by 91,500 percent in recent years, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
  • Making permanent the emergency COVID-19 authorities allowing pharmacists in every state to administer tests and vaccinations under Medicare and Medicaid.
  • Maximizing Medicare Part D reporting requirements on pharmacy performance standards.
  • Developing Medicare Part D plan guidance for medical-at-home pharmacy services, so long-term care pharmacy can deliver the same type of in-home services that they currently deliver to nursing home patients.

“We are grateful to Sec. Becerra for reaching out and starting a dialogue. As a member of Congress and as California’s Attorney General he was responsive to our members’ concerns, and we are pleased he is bringing the same openness to the Department of Health and Human Services. America’s 21,000 independent pharmacies have distinguished themselves during the COVID emergency as a crucial part of the national health care infrastructure. We look forward to working with Sec. Becerra and the administration to strengthen community pharmacy,” said Hoey.  

For additional comment and background, or to interview Mr. Hoey, please contact Andie Pivarunas at [email protected].


Founded in 1898, the National Community Pharmacists Association is the voice for the community pharmacist, representing over 21,000 pharmacies that employ approximately 250,000 individuals nationwide. Community pharmacies are rooted in the communities where they are located and are among America’s most accessible health care providers. To learn more, visit