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NCPDP Foundation Awards $295,000 in Grants to Enhance Patient Safety, Expand Patient Access to Care, & Expand the Role & Value of Pharmacists

Three grants were awarded in the NCPDP Foundation’s first grant cycle of 2022. Research projects will explore the value and untapped potential of the RxFill or RxChange transactions in the NCPDP SCRIPT Standard. The grants support the NCPDP Foundation’s strategic initiatives to Enhance Patient Safety, Expand Patient Access to Care, and Expand the Role and Value of the Pharmacist. Read More.

NCPDP Foundation Awards Grant to University of Arizona R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy to Identify Barriers to Using Indication/Diagnosis Fields in NCPDP Standards

Research Project Will Explore Barriers to the Use of Clinical Indication or Diagnosis – Underutilized Fields in NCPDP’s SCRIPT and Telecommunication Standards – Which Can Aid Pharmacists in DUR, Reduce Prescribing Errors, Improve Medication Counseling, and Speed Patient Access to Medications and Adherence. Read More.

NCPDP Foundation Announces its Second 2022 Call for Grant Proposals

The NCPDP Foundation Board of Trustees announced its second 2022 call for grant proposals that demonstrate the value of NCPDP standards in supporting patient safety, access to care and the expanded role of pharmacists. Grant proposals must meet the grant proposal requirements and be submitted electronically by August 18, 2022, to be considered for the current grant funding cycle. Read More.

NCPDP Foundation Awards $157,433 Grant to Xact Laboratories to Integrate Pharmacogenomic Data into PBM Systems and Help Inform Pharmacists’ Clinical Decision-Making via NCPDP Standards

The NCPDP Foundation Board of Trustees has awarded a $157,433 grant to Xact Laboratories to integrate pharmacogenomic (PGx) data into Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) systems and/or Pharmacy Benefit Administrator modules to share clinical alerts with pharmacists using NCPDP Standards. Read More.

NCPDP Foundation Announces GoodRx as its Access to Care Founders Gift Donor to Advance Research Priorities

The NCPDP Foundation is pleased to have named GoodRx as its Patient Access to Care Founders Gift Donor. Frannie McGowan, Chief Executive Officer of Scriptcycle, LLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of GoodRx), will serve as the Patient Access to Care Chair for the Foundation’s Newly Established National Advisory Council (NAC). GoodRx’s donation of $100,000 and Frannie’s support as Chair will support future research projects to help enhance patient access to quality health care. Read More

NCPDP Foundation Announces Surescripts as its Role & Value of Pharmacists Founders Gift Donor to Advance Research Priorities

The NCPDP Foundation today announced Surescripts as its Role & Value of Pharmacist Founders Gift Donor. Surescripts’ donation of $100,000 will support future research projects over the next two years that demonstrate and measure one or more existing or future NCPDP standards that align with the Foundation’s strategic initiative to Expand the Role and Value of the Pharmacist. Surescripts’ Chief Marketing Officer, Melanie Marcus, will serve as the NCPDP Foundation’s National Advisory Council (NAC) Chair for Role and Value of the Pharmacist with support from senior pharmacists and pharmacy experts at Surescripts, NCPA and NACDS. Read More

NCPDP Foundation Announces FDB as its Inaugural Patient Safety Founders Gift Donor to Advance Research Priorities

The NCPDP Foundation today announced FDB (First Databank, Inc.) as its inaugural Patient Safety Founders Gift Donor. FDB’s donation of $100,000 will support future research projects over the next two years that demonstrate and measure one or more existing or future NCPDP standards that align with the Foundation’s strategic initiative to enhance patient safety. FDB President Robert C. (“Bob”) Katter will serve as the NCPDP Foundation’s National Advisory Council (NAC) Chair for Patient Safety. Read More

NCPDP Foundation Announces a Call for Grant Proposals

The NCPDP Foundation is seeking to fund more research projects that demonstrate the value of NCPDP standards in supporting patient safety, access to care, and the expanded role of pharmacists. This may be by providing up-to-date information for improved clinical decision making at the point of care, improving the patient experience, and/or improving workflow efficiencies to reduce provider burden. Read More

NCPDP Foundation Awards Grant to Point-of-Care Partners to Document Clinical and Patient Care Value in NCPDP’s Formulary & Benefit Standard & Added Value of Real-Time Prescription Benefit Standard

The NCPDP Foundation Board of Trustees has awarded a $77,000 grant to Point-of-Care Partners to research and document the value and cost savings of the newly enhanced NCPDP Formulary & Benefit Standard V53, as well as V3. The Standard, which was first developed for use in 2005, enables prescribers to view plan-specific prescription benefit information - including medications on formulary, alternative medications, coverage limitations such as age limits or step therapy rules, and the copay for one product option versus another - prior to prescribing a medication. Read More

NCPDP Foundation Announces Call for Proposals

The NCPDP Foundation is seeking to fund more research projects that demonstrate the value of NCPDP standards in supporting patient safety, access to care and the expanded role of pharmacists, providing up-to[1]date information for improved clinical decision making at the point of care and improving the patient experience. The Foundation has increased both the number and the dollar amount of grants being awarded in the past couple of years. Read More

NCPDP Foundation Awards $115,000 Grant to Point-of-Care Partners to Help Migrate NCPDP Telecommunication Standard to JSON Format

The NCPDP Foundation Board of Trustees announced it awarded a $115,000 grant to Point-of-Care Partners to support the migration of NCPDP’s Telecommunication Standard to a JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) format, enhancing its extensibility and modernizing the real-time pharmacy claims standard. NCPDP’s Telecommunication Standard was first developed in 1988, ushering in a new and unprecedented era of real-time transactions in the pharmacy segment of healthcare. The Telecommunication Standard provides the standardized format to submit prescription drug claims, and includes transactions for eligibility verification, claim and service billing, predetermination of benefits, prior authorization, and information reporting. JSON is an open standard file format, and data interchange format, that uses human-readable text to store and transmit data objects consisting of attribute–value pairs and array data types. Read More.

NCPDP Foundation Announces a Call for Grant Proposals

The NCPDP Foundation has recently funded several research projects that have demonstrated the value of NCPDP standards in supporting patient safety and the expanded role of pharmacists, providing up-to-date information for improved clinical decision making at the point of care and improving the patient experience. Help make a difference in healthcare and submit a grant proposal for a project that aligns with the Foundation’s Vision and Purpose. To learn more about the opportunity, Read More.

Johns Hopkins Medicine Research Shows Use of NCPDP’s RTPB Standard Leads to Patient Cost Savings on Medications

A Johns Hopkins Medicine research study has proven that patients can save on their medication costs -- and sometimes acquire medications in a more timely fashion -- when physicians and pharmacy industry technology partners implement NCPDP’s Real-time Prescription Benefit (RTPB) Standard. Prescribers chose multiple types of medication changes based on point-of-care estimates provided via the RTPB Standard, saving patients an average $21.40 and as much as $1,000 at time of dispensing. Read More

NCPDP Foundation Seeking Grant Proposals for Consultant Help in Replacing the NCPDP Telecom EDI Syntax

This grant aims to support the work of the NCPDP Telecommunication Standard Modern Format Recommendation Task Group (aka TANG) in its recommended structural changes to the Telecom Standard that accelerate the ability of stakeholders to respond to the needs of the marketplace. Consultant work would include help with data modeling, design and evolving architecture. Read More

Foundation-funded Research Shows Underused ePrescribing Transaction Can Prevent Unnecessary Opioid Dispensing

An NCPDP Foundation-funded research study, conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy, has shown that use of NCPDP’s CancelRx transaction decreases the number of controlled substances, including opioids, that are dispensed to patients when their physicians intend those prescriptions to be discontinued. This is an important finding for the adoption of CancelRx. Read More

Johns Hopkins Medicine Study Shows CancelRx Transaction Can Protect Patients from Receiving Millions of Unintended Prescriptions

A Johns Hopkins Medicine research study, funded by the NCPDP Foundation, shows that use of NCPDP’s CancelRx ePrescribing transaction may prevent millions of prescriptions from getting into the hands of patients after their doctors’ decisions to cancel those prescriptions. Researchers found that prior to implementing CancelRx, 3.8% of prescriptions cancelled by prescribers still got into the hands of patients. This equates to more than 10 million prescriptions annually. Read More

NCPDP Foundation Awards $100,000 Grant to University of Tennessee Health Science Center to Demonstrate Value of Physician/Pharmacist Collaboration Using Pharmacist eCare Plan

The NCPDP Foundation Board of Trustees, who govern the 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization that is affiliated with NCPDP, has awarded a $100,000 grant to University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Pharmacy for a research project to demonstrate the clinical value of integrating the NCPDP/HL7 Pharmacist eCare Plan (PeCP) in pharmacy and medical software systems. The Pharmacist eCare Plan is used for exchange with the patient and their care team to document medication-related health concerns and goals, as well as the pharmacist’s assessments, planned activities and interventions, recommendations, referrals, and related clinical services. Read More

Foundation Funds Video to Help Raise Awareness of How NCPDP and Pharmacists Are Filling Gaps in Patient Care

The NCPDP Foundation has just launched a new public service video that shows how NCPDP is supporting pharmacist-led COVID-19 testing…and hopefully soon, vaccine administration. The intent of the video is to raise awareness among policymakers and industry leaders of how NCPDP is working with pharmacists to help fill gaps in patient care. Foundation donors made it possible to produce this video. You can help support efforts like this by becoming a 1977 Society Donor. Read More.

NCPDP Foundation Seeking Grant Proposals For Pharmacist electronic Care Plan (PeCP) Project

The NCPDP Foundation is seeking to award a co-funded grant between $50,000-$100,000 to fund a proof of concept pilot research project to demonstrate the clinical value of the HL7/NCPDP Pharmacist eCare Plan in the HL7 FHIR format. The Pharmacist eCare Plan (PeCP) standard allows for pharmacist-level monitoring and reporting of medication adherence, health assessments, conveyance of lab results, payment opportunities and other activities related to a patient's plan of care and connects pharmacists with the patients' broader healthcare team. Read More

NCPDP Foundation Awards $100,000 to Support Real-Time Prescription Benefit (RTPB) Standard Projects at DrFirst and Johns Hopkins Medicine

The NCPDP Foundation Board of Trustees, who govern the 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization that is affiliated with NCPDP, has approved $100,000 in funding to support two research projects piloting the Beta version of NCPDP’s Real-Time Prescription Benefit (RTPB) Standard. The pilots can result in identifying potential enhancements to the Standard, which is highly anticipated by the healthcare industry and will be finalized by August 2020. A $50,000 grant is awarded to DrFirst for a pilot in partnership with RxSense, and another $50,000 grant is awarded to Johns Hopkins Medicine for a study in partnership with Surescripts.
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Call for Grant Proposals for Real-time Prescription Benefit Research Project

The NCPDP Foundation is interested in awarding a grant of up to $50,000 to fund a proof of concept pilot research project on the BETA version NCPDP Real-Time Prescription Benefit (RTPB) Standard. The BETA Standard was approved by NCPDP members during the recent NCPDP Joint Technical Work Group Meetings. Grant proposals are due to the Foundation by September 30, 2019, with an announcement of the grant award to be made by November 30, 2019. Read More

NCPDP Foundation Names Former U.S. Rear Admiral Pam Schweitzer to its Board of Trustees

The NCPDP Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization that is affiliated with NCPDP, announced today that former Assistant Surgeon General and Chief Pharmacist of the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS), Rear Admiral (RADM) Pam Schweitzer, Pharm.D., will join its NCPDP Foundation Board effectively immediately. Read More

Johns Hopkins Study Affirms Benefit of CancelRx and Leads to Enhancements

A Johns Hopkins Medicine study, funded by a $42,000 NCPDP Foundation grant, affirms the important function of the CancelRx ePrescribing transaction in decreasing adverse patient events due to medication errors, and will lead to the transaction becoming even more valuable in improving patient safety. CancelRx is an underused transaction in the NCPDP SCRIPT Standard for ePrescribing that enables prescribers to electronically cancel a prescription already submitted to a pharmacy. Read More

New Grant Helps Advance Pharmacist eCare Plan

The Foundation recently approved a $25,000 grant to the NCPA Innovation Center to help support further development of the Pharmacist eCare Plan and its adoption as a national standard. WG10 Professional Pharmacy Services initially developed the Pharmacist eCare Plan to enable pharmacists to capture their assessments of patient health status and health concerns, mutually defined patient care goals, recommendations, interventions and outcomes and to share them with other care providers, payers and the patient.

NCPDP Grant Will Demonstrate Impact of CancelRx with Controlled Substance Prescriptions

Another NCPDP Foundation grant of $36,000 to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Pharmacy will demonstrate how the use of CancelRx impacts the cancellation and dispensing of controlled substance prescriptions. Use of the Cancel Rx electronic transaction can potentially minimize the number of extraneous or unnecessary controlled substance medications that are dispensed and available to patients, thereby helping to abate the opioid crisis.

Foundation Receives $1 Million Mary and Charles D. Pulido Endowment

The Foundation recently received a $1,000,000 endowment from NCPDP in honor of Mary and Charles D. Pulido. Charlie is the sole surviving co-founder of NCPDP and a founding Board member of the NCPDP Foundation. For more than 40 years, Charlie has been a passionate supporter and valued ambassador for NCPDP and now the NCPDP Foundation. Charlie and his wife, Mary, have personally donated generously to the Foundation. The endowment is a restricted fund intended to help sustain the Foundation in the long run. The principal cannot be touched -- however a percent of the interest can be used to support the Foundation’s work. The intention is for the principal to continue to grow and help ensure that the Foundation endures so its work will continue in perpetuity.

1977 Society Launches with 31 Inaugural Donors and $61,287

The Foundation announced its new 1977 Society annual giving donor program on May 7 during the NCPDP Annual Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Society recognizes donors who support the Vision and Purpose of the NCPDP Foundation by providing monetary donations totaling $1,977 or more within a calendar year. Read More

2019 Annual Fund Campaign Exceeds Expectations

Our first Annual Fund Giving Campaign has exceeded expectations – a sign that prospective donors are learning more about the NCPDP Foundation and potential value of projects funded through donations to the Foundation. We had hoped to reach 50% of the $100,000 goal for the 2019 Annual Fund Campaign by the end of NCPDP’s Annual Conference. We did better! As a result of proceeds from the Foundation’s fundraising events held in conjunction with the NCPDP conference, and the heartening response to the 1977 Society, we have reached 110% of our goal.
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NCPDP Foundation Appoints New Chair and Vice Chair to Board

The NCPDP Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization that is affiliated with NCPDP, has named Mindy D. Smith, BSPharm, R.Ph., MHA, its new Chair, and Michael W. Bukach, R.Ph., Vice Chair, to lead efforts to support programs, projects and people that drive quality healthcare and improve outcomes through the proper use of standards-based health information technology. Read More.

Grant to Healthcare Ready Helps Fund Issue Brief on Pharmacy and Emergency Preparedness

Grant to Healthcare Ready Helps Fund Issue Brief on Pharmacy and Emergency Preparedness According to an issue brief recently published by Healthcare Ready, the role of pharmacy and pharmacists in preparing for and responding to events that impact public health has evolved markedly in the decade since Hurricane Katrina. The issue brief, Pharmacy and Emergency Preparedness: A Landscape Analysis, was funded in part by a second grant from the NCPDP Foundation to Healthcare Ready. Read More

The Magellan Cares Foundation, Inc., Donates $5,000 to NCPDP Foundation
Matching Funds from NCPDP Board of Trustees Increases Donation to $10,000

At NCPDP’s 40th Anniversary Open House and Building Naming Ceremony, which was held September 26, 2017, The Magellan Cares Foundation, Inc., honored the legacy of NCPDP’s founders with a $5,000 donation to the NCPDP Foundation. The donation was presented to Charles D. Pulido, R.Ph., NCPDP Founder and Foundation Board member, and Charlie Oltman, MBA, CHC, President, NCPDP Foundation. The donation will be matched dollar for dollar with matching funds approved by the Board of Trustees of NCPDP. Read More

NCPDP Foundation Awards a Grant to Johns Hopkins Medicine to Support Implementation of CancelRx Functionality in NCPDP’s SCRIPT Standard

NCPDP Foundation has awarded a $40,000 grant to Johns Hopkins Medicine to address patient safety risk by implementing CancelRx functionality in NCPDP’s SCRIPT Standard for ePrescribing. CancelRx enables prescribers to electronically cancel a prescription already submitted to a pharmacy. Studies indicate that up to 3% of prescriptions are filled in error following discontinuation by a clinician. The primary objectives of the research project are to implement CancelRx functionality in its EHR and pharmacy management system in the ambulatory setting, and share lessons learned to facilitate adoption across the care continuum. Read More

NCPDP Foundation Awards $40,000 in Scholarship Funds to Colleges of Pharmacy at Four Universities, and Awards $2,000 in Honorarium Funds

NCPDP Foundation has awarded $40,000 in scholarship funds to four university college of pharmacy programs across the country. The college of pharmacy at Butler University, South Dakota State University, Temple University and the University of Iowa each received $10,000 in student scholarship funds. The University of Florida and University of Maryland each received $1,000 to set up honorarium funds for future graduates of their programs. Read More

NCPDP Foundation Awards University of Arizona College of Pharmacy $10,000 in Student Scholarship Funds

NCPDP Foundation has awarded $10,000 in scholarship funds to College of Pharmacy students at the University of Arizona’s College of Pharmacy. This is the third year of the scholarship program and also the third year that the NCPDP Foundation has awarded scholarships to the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. Read More

IMS Health Study on Controlled Substance Misuse Underscores Importance of Clinical Intervention at Point of Prescribing

In 2016, NCPDP Foundation approached IMS Health to provide details of a study on controlled substance misuse to capture the effectiveness of PDMPs in curbing the opioid epidemic. The study was provided to NCPDP Foundation free of charge. The study demonstrates the complexities associated with PDMP use. The findings illustrate the potential value of incorporating NCPDP’s clinical risk-based approach in its PDMP Solution. Read More

NCPDP Foundation Awards Grant to Healthcare Ready

NCPDP Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to Healthcare Ready, a nonprofit that works to assist in providing patient access to healthcare in the face of disaster and disease through collaboration with public health and healthcare. NCPDP Foundation’s grant builds upon NCPDP’s contribution of its dataQ® pharmacy data file as a primary data source for Healthcare Ready’s Rx Open. The grant provides funding to help Healthcare Ready obtain the most accurate geocoding of the pharmacy locations for use with its interactive map. Read More

NCPDP Foundation Receives $1,000,000 Endowment

In May 2016, the NCPDP Foundation received a $1,000,000 endowment from NCPDP in honor of NCPDP President, Lee Ann Stember. The endowment memorializes Stember’s 35th anniversary at NCPDP. Under Stember’s leadership, NCPDP has led the transformation of the pharmacy services sector and expanded its role from a standards development organization into a problem solving forum for healthcare industry and patient safety issues. Read more

NCPDP Co-founder Makes $25,000 Leadership Gift

Co-Founder of NCPDP and NCPDP Foundation Board founding member, Charles D. Pulido, R.Ph., together with his wife Mary, made a leadership gift of $25,000 to the NCPDP Foundation to support scholarships for pharmacy students and research to accelerate adoption of NCPDP standards. The generous donation was made in December 2015.

NCPDP Foundation Awards $10,000 in Scholarship Funds to 3 College of Pharmacy Students at Midwestern University

NCPDP Foundation awarded $10,000 in scholarship funds to 3 College of Pharmacy students at Midwestern University. Midwestern University’s College of Pharmacy held a scholarship ceremony to present the scholarships to the deserving recipients. Read more

FDB Donates $10,000 for Research to Optimize ePrescribing
Matching Funds from NCPDP Board of Trustees Increases Donation to $20,000

FDB (First Databank, Inc.) has made a $10,000 donation to NCPDP Foundation. The announcement was made on November 11, 2014 at a "Welcome to Indy" Reception that FDB hosted for over 200 attendees of the NCPDP 2014 Educational Summit and Joint Technical Work Group Meetings. The $10,000 donation will be matched dollar for dollar with matching funds approved by the Board of Trustees of NCPDP. Read more