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Local pharmacies in fight over fee for services on state plan


Fri, Jan 30th, 2004
Posted in Features

At a time when America is very much focused on the rising costs of prescription drugs, two local pharmacists are taking on the administrator of a state program that handles pharmacy services to nursing homes.

On October 8, Prime Thera-peutics, a pharmacy benefit manager that administers the state’s Medical Assistance and Minnesota Care programs for Blue Cross Blue Shield, sent pharmacists throughout Minn-esota a letter informing them that a new network was being created to handle processing claims.

The letter called on pharmacies, many of whom provide prescription services to nursing homes, to return their Pharmacy Participation Agreement en-rolling them in the network by November 10.

When Eric Slindee of Slindee Pharmacy in Harmony received his letter on October 15, he knew he had a major problem.

The new network, which would go into effect January 1, 2004, would reduce the fees Slindee could charge for making each prescription under the system. Slindee estimated his potential losses at up to $250 a day, while at the same time his costs stayed the same. Slindee refused to sign the contract, rather than fill prescriptions at a loss.

In Rushford, Tom Witt,who operates four pharmacies in Rushford, Houston, Spring Grove and Caledonia, and employs eight pharmacists, figures that changes to his contract would result in him losing 54% of his gross profits.

“No business can operate that way,” Witt said. He also refused to sign the contract.

Witt and Slindee are just two of 49 pharmacies in the state, 25 of whom provide services to nursing homes, who refused to sign the new contract with Prime Therapeutics.

Cease and Desist

Fearing that nursing home patients would lose beneficial health services, the Minnesota Department of Health issued a cease and desist order allowing pharmacies that had not signed contracts with Prime Therapeutics to continue providing services for a 90 day period.

“The state is really to blame,” said Representative Greg Davids. “We gave them (Blue Cross Blue Shield) a set amount of money and told them to go figure out how to do it.”

The Minnesota Department of Health contracts with Blue Cross Blue Shield to manage the state’s public insurance programs, including Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare. .....
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Preston City Council Report: Steve Knoepke and Pat Gartner sworn in

Fri, Jan 30th, 2004
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A fresh, sparkling blanket of fluffy, new snow transformed the look of Preston Monday evening as the city council of Preston also took on a new look. There was a large turn-out despite the difficult roads.

Council members Heath ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Assessor discusses Rushford property tax

Fri, Jan 30th, 2004
Posted in Features

Fillmore County Assessor Robert Pickett and Assessor Fred Horihan visited the Rushford City Council meeting January 26th to discuss the perceived inconsistencies in the valuation of commercial property in Rushford. Pickett, ailing with a cough, gave ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: Full-time position will save county money

Fri, Jan 30th, 2004
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“We had planned to contract with our consultant for help with moving all the network equipment and computer systems at the end of February. However, with the expertise of our new Assistant, we feel we can save over $500 in consultant costs in just on ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Jan 30th, 2004
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

•Daniel Lee Ramaker, 23, of Wykoff, was charged with one felony count of theft of a motor vehicle and driving after revocation, a gross misdemeanor. According to the criminal complain, it is alleged that Ramaker t ..... 
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2004 session will be a mix of bonding and legislative issues

Fri, Jan 30th, 2004
Posted in Features

Editor’s note: Rep. Greg Davids met with Journal Editor John Torgrimson about the upcoming Minnesota Legislative Session that will begin Monday, February 2. The session, which is expected to last until around Easter, will focus primarily on bonding p ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board Report: Science department goals and curriculum reviewed

Fri, Jan 30th, 2004
Posted in Features

Like many rural, smaller schools, the Fillmore Central science department has had to tackle the problems of upgrading the program to meet new state standards, and to become a solid stepping-stone for those students who will be attending college. [Read the Rest]

Twins talk baseball and more

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2004
Posted in Features

The Minnesota Twins brought their 44th annual Winter Caravan to Preston on Tuesday with a stop at the Fillmore Central Middle School.

The group was led by broadcaster and former Twin Bert Blyleven and included Twin’s coach Al Ne ..... 
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Lights, camera, action!

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2004
Posted in Features

It’s been six years since an enterprising group of Spring Valley volunteers put their heads together to create KING 11, Spring Valley’s cable access television station. KING 11, is named after Kingsland School, where the TV studio is located. Eleven ..... 
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