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    Dancing as fast as you can? Get ready for CMS’ star ratings

    David StanleyDavid StanleySometimes I think if I hear the word “Obamacare” one more time I will have to scream. My head has already been filled with anyone and everyone's opinions of what's formally known as The Affordable Care Act, from the patient grateful he could have life-saving surgery now that he has insurance to the lady convinced the ACA was to blame for my store being temporarily out of 100-count loratadine tablets.

    Everyone has something to say about the new healthcare landscape, and if you've worked in a pharmacy more than a few hours, I don't have to tell you that a good part of what's said lacks any connection to truth, logic, or common sense. Which is why what I'm about to say may surprise you.

    The government takeover of your practice is here, and if you don't believe me, you only have to look to the stars.

    All right, “takeover” might be too strong a word. And I don't mean you should consult your astrologer. But if you haven't heard of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid's (CMS) star rating system yet, you will. And if you think it won't change your day-to-day work life, you'll be very wrong.

    David Stanley, RPh
    David Stanley is a pharmacy owner, blogger, and professional writer in northern California. Contact him at [email protected]

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