Maine Pharmacy Association

DHHS shared guidance documents for e-prescribing and opioid dispensing

DHHS shared guidance documents for e-prescribing and opioid dispensing.  Notably, “A pharmacist is NOT required to verify that a practitioner has a waiver of the requirement to electronically prescribe…” To review the official documents, please click on the links below. Electronic-Prescribing-Clarifications Opioid Dispensing Clarification    

E-Prescribing Grace Period Notice and Chapter 488 User Guide

The deadline for mandatory e-prescribing of opioids was rapidly approaching on July 1st. However, the State sent the following communication announcing a 31 day grace period for enforcement of the penalties for violating the e-prescribing provision.  This is good news and will give prescribers and dispensers a little more time to prepare. DHHS provided material on other provisions in Chapter […]

2017 Scholarship Golf Scramble

Join us for our 2017 Scholarship Golf Scramble ! Where: Val Halla Country Club When: Saturday, August 12, 2017 Shotgun start 1pm Includes 18 holes of golf on a championship course, golf cart, BBQ dinner at Rachel’s on the Green! Cost: Single Golfer: $110.00 Foursome: $400.00 Dinner Only: $35.00 Corporate or personal hole sponsorship: $75 […]

Pharmacists from across Maine convene in Augusta to advocate for profession and patients

Pharmacists and pharmacy students from across the state convened in Augusta on May 30th to advocate for LD 572.   Update: Senate passes LD 572; now on to the House!  LD 572 specifies in statute that the “Practice of Pharmacy” is “the provision of health care services” and that “Pharmacists” are “providers of health care services”. […]

LD6 and LD44 Are Successfully Moving Through the Legislative Process

Good news!!  Two bills, LD 6, an “An Act to Prohibit Insurance Carriers from Retroactively Reducing Payment on Clean Claims Submitted by Pharmacies” and LD 455, “An Act Relating to the Provision of Smoking Cessation Services by Pharmacists” are moving through the legislature process. LD 6, an “An Act to Prohibit Insurance Carriers from Retroactively Reducing Payment on […]

Archive for September, 2010

Maine Pharmacy Association
As adopted on September 11, 2010

Article I – Name
The Association shall be known as the Maine Pharmacy Association.

Article II – Purpose
The Association shall exist to improve, protect, and promote the public health and welfare of the people of the State of Maine; to advance the interest of pharmacy; to provide and enhance professional education of pharmacists, student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians; to seek enactment of just laws and regulations; to guide the practice of pharmacy; to assure that all members maintain their professional and ethical obligations to the public; to advance the profession of pharmacy through increased public education; to promote and encourage a greater cooperation among the professional health practitioners of the State of Maine and to provide a forum for the discussion of a solution to the economic, pharmacy education and professional problems relating to the practice of pharmacy.

Article III – Qualifications for Membership
Section I – This Association shall consist of active, associate, student, corporate, honorary, and life members.
Active members shall consist of any licensed pharmacist or pharmacy technician currently in good professional standing who have a valid license or certificate to practice pharmacy.  Active members shall have all rights, obligations, and privileges of membership.
Associate members shall consist of any non-pharmacist who is interested in advancing pharmacy but is not otherwise eligible for active membership.  Associate members shall have all rights, obligations, and privileges of membership.
Student members shall consist of any professional student enrolled at any College/School of Pharmacy.  Student members shall have all rights, obligations, and privileges of active members except the right to hold office.
Corporate members shall consist of any company or organization interested in advancing the profession of pharmacy.  Corporate members shall be eligible to participate in vendor showcases as part of an Annual General Membership meeting but shall enjoy no other rights, obligations, or privileges.
Honorary members shall consist of pharmacists and other persons of distinction who are recommended to and approved by the Executive Committee.  Honorary members shall have all rights, obligations, and privileges of active members except the right to vote and hold office.  Honorary members shall be exempt from payment of Association dues.
Life members shall consist of active members who have been members of any state Association for 45 years, and who are approved by the Executive Committee. Life members shall have all rights, obligations, and privileges of active membership and shall be exempt from payment of Association dues.
With the exception of honorary and life members, no individual claiming membership under any of these classifications will be recognized as a member until annual dues have been paid in full.

Article IV – Officers
Section I
– The elected officers of the Association shall consist of a President, Vice-President, and Treasurer.  Only Active, Associate, or Life members shall be eligible to hold office.  Elected officers of the Association shall not be subject to term limits.
Section II – All elected officers of the Association shall hold their office for a period of two years with the President and Vice-President elected in even years and the Treasurer elected in odd years.  Elected or appointed officers shall hold their office until their successors are chosen and duly installed.
Section III – The President, or in his absence or inability to serve the Vice-president shall preside at all meetings of the Association and Board of Directors; and shall present at each Annual Meeting a report of the operations of the Association.  The President shall appoint all committees as are deemed necessary, upon approval of the Board of Directors.
Section IV – The Vice-president may be delegated by the President to perform duties in the event of President’s temporary disability or absence from meetings, and shall have other such duties as the President may assign.
Section V – The Treasurer shall keep account of all moneys received and expended for the use of the Association, and shall oversee all disbursements authorized by the Executive Committee.  All sums received shall be deposited in the institutions approved by the Board of Directors.  Funds may be drawn only upon the signature of the Treasurer, or Executive Director.  Expenditures exceeding one thousand five hundred dollars ($1500) shall require Board of Directors approval.  The funds, books, and vouchers in the Treasurer’s control, shall at all times, be subject to verification and inspection by the Board of Directors.
The Treasurer shall render a full written report of his transaction at each Annual Meeting and also report the state of the treasury at each regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Directors, and when called upon by the Board of Directors.
Section VI – A certified public accountant, approved by the Board of Directors, shall conduct a review and issue a reviewed financial statement every year and will be part of the report at the fall annual meeting.  The accountant shall also file required reports with the Internal Revenue Service and the State of Maine as required by law.
Section VII – In the event of the death or resignation of the President, the Vice-President shall assume the office of President; completing the unexpired term and his/her normal term of office.
Section VIII – It shall be the duty of the Executive Director and the Treasurer and of all other Officers of the Committees to turn over to their successors, without unnecessary delay, all papers and property belonging to the Association.

Article V – Board of Directors
Section I – The Board of Directors shall consist of the elected officers of the Association, the immediate Past-president (in the year following completion of the term of office), a Board of Directors appointed Legislative Liaison, a Board of Directors appointed Pharmacy Technician Representative, two Board of Directors appointed Members-at-Large, a Board of Directors appointed Maine Society of Health Systems Pharmacists (MSHP) representative, a Board of Directors appointed parliamentarian and a representative and student MPA member from Husson University School of Pharmacy and the University of New England College of Pharmacy selected by the respective institutions. Other appointments may be made to the Board of Directors as required to perform the business of the association.  Appointed positions will be for two years and are not subject to term limits.
Section II– The Board of Directors shall provide supervision, control, and direction of the affairs of the Association, making changes therein if necessary with limits of the bylaws and shall actively pursue the purposes and objectives of the Association.  The Board of Directors shall have the final discretion in the disbursement of its funds and adopt such rules and regulations for the conduct of its business as shall be deemed advisable.  The Board of Directors may, in the execution of the powers granted, appoint such agent as it may consider necessary to conduct Association business.
Section III – The Board of Directors shall hold a minimum of six meetings annually and at least one at an Annual meeting of the general membership.  With the exception of “executive sessions” as provided under Roberts Rules, all regular meetings of the Board of Directors are open to the general membership.
Section IV – Except for the Executive Director and the Legislative Liaison, other Board of Directors members shall not receive any compensation for their services as Board members, but the Board of Directors may, by resolution, authorize reimbursement of expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.  Any elected member of the Board of Directors shall not serve in any other Association capacity and receive compensation for such services.

Article VI – Executive Director
Section I – The Executive Director will be selected by the Board of Directors which shall also specify the duties and establish, and review annually, compensation for this position.  The Executive Director shall be directly responsible to the Board of Directors.  The Executive Director shall be the chief executive and operating officer of the Association with responsibility for the management and direction of all operations, programs, activities, and affairs of the Association.  The duties of the Executive Director shall include but not be limited to the following: give notice and attend all meetings of the Association, to keep records of all proceedings, to attest documents and perform such other duties as are usual for such official or as may be duly assigned.  He/she shall budget, receive income, prepare disbursements and manage finances in accordance with these By-laws and in conjunction with adopted policies. He shall serve as editor of the official publications of the Association.  He/she shall assist the officers, Board of Directors, and committees of the Association in the performance of their duties.  He/she shall maintain liaison with local, state, and federal governments, private agencies, and other health care organizations.  He/she shall serve as permanent secretary without voting privileges.  The Executive Director may delegate such duties as he/she deems necessary to committees, upon approval of the Board of Directors.

Article VII – Committees
Committees are open to all active, associate, student and life members in good standing.
Section I – Ad Hoc Committees: Such committees will be appointed by the President, with the approval of the Board of Directors, and charged with issues as directed by the President. Such ad hoc committees will only exist for the time period required to fulfill the specific charge(s).

Article VIII – Delegates
The Board of Directors shall appoint the required number of delegates from a list of interested active, associate or life members to the American Pharmaceutical Association and other professional associations from a list of those notifying the committee they are attending.

Article IX – Procedures for Resignation and Removal of Officers or Directors
Section I
– If it is determined that an elected or appointed officer of the Association must be removed for cause, such removal will require a majority vote of the Board of Directors for appointed positions and a majority vote of the eligible membership for elected positions.
Section II – If a Board of Directors member is absent from three consecutive meetings for reasons which the Board of Directors has failed to declare sufficient, resignation shall be deemed to have been tendered and accepted.
Section III – Any Board of Directors member may resign at any time by giving a written notice to the President or the Executive Director.  Such resignation shall take effect at the time specified therein; or, if no time is specified, at the time of acceptance thereof as determined by the Board of Directors.  Any Board of Directors member may be removed by a three-fourth vote of the Board of Directors and the member is given a 90-day prior notice of the potential removal.
Section IV – As an elected position opens on the Board of Directors, the Executive Director shall make such an opening known to the general membership.  Vacated elected Board of Directors positions shall remain vacant until the next Annual meeting, at which time an election shall be held and the position shall be filled to serve balance of term of the vacated position. Vacancies in appointed positions are filled by an action of the Board of Directors.

Article X – Voting Procedures
Section I– Voting for changes to the bylaws will be conducted by an electronic vote of the eligible membership.  A majority vote of the eligible Association members responding to an electronic voting process shall carry the proposed change(s) and it shall become part of the Bylaws.  The Executive Director will Ballots with proposed changes will be distributed to el
Section II – By June each year, the Board of Directors will develop a slate of nominees for the relevant office(s) to be elected that year (President/Vice President in even years, Treasurer in odd years).  All candidates will provide a biographical sketch/statement and picture to the Executive Director who will be responsible for preparation and distribution of the electronic ballot and collection of the results.  The electronic ballot will be submitted to all eligible voting members (active, associate, and student) no later than 30 days prior to the fall Annual meeting with voting closed 14 days after the ballots are distributed.  Elected officers will be installed at the Fall Annual meeting.
Vacancies in elected positions (vice president or treasurer) will be filled by a vote of those eligible voting MPA members in attendance at the business meeting.
Section III – Voting in business meetings will be conducted by voice vote except where a division of the house has been called in which case a hand vote will be conducted.  The results of any vote will be announced by the chair.  Under Roberts Rules any member can appeal the decision of the presiding officer.  The outcome of any such appeal will be determined by a majority of eligible voters present.

Article XI – Annual General Membership Meetings
Section I
– All meetings of the general membership shall be held at such time and place as the Board of Directors shall determine.  All members shall be notified of any meeting at least four weeks in advance.  The Association shall hold at least one meeting of the general membership annually.
Section II – Those duly authorized voting members of the Association in attendance shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at all meeting of the general membership.  Bylaw revisions and election of officers will be conducted by an electronic vote of the eligible voting membership.
Section III – Robert’s Rules of Parliamentary Procedure shall be enforced by the presiding officer.
Section IV – Order of Business for General Membership Meetings
Call to Order
Consent Calendar (means of processing noncontroversial items that can be quickly adopted all at once)
Approval of the Minutes of the Previous Meeting
Approval of Treasurer’s Report
Reports of Standing Committees
Reports of Ad hoc Committees
Old Business
New Business (cannot be acted on at the meeting presented except by 2/3 vote to suspend the rules for consideration of the motion)
“Good of the Order” (a time set aside for members to offer comments or observations without formal motion; normally recognitions)

Article XII – Procedures for Amending the Bylaws
Section I
– Proposed changes or amendments to these Bylaws may be submitted in writing by an active, associate, student, or life member of the Association to the Executive Director.  Such changes or amendments should be submitted at least 60 days prior to the spring Annual meeting. The Board of Directors will provide for a public comment session on such proposed changes or amendments at the spring business meeting as well as solicit written comments from the general membership through an electronic distribution of the proposed change or amendment.  The proposed change or amendment shall be reviewed by the Board of Directors which shall make a final recommendation to either APPROVE or NOT APPROVE and shall be distributed by the Executive Director electronically to the eligible voting membership, unchanged, at least 30 days prior to the fall Annual meeting with voting closed 14 days after the ballots are distributed.

Maine Pharmacy Association
Vision and Mission Statements
As adopted on September 11, 2010

Vision Statement
The Maine Pharmacy Association will be the representative state pharmacy organization addressing the continuing education, licensing, and professional needs of all licensed pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and student pharmacists in Maine.

Mission Statement
To advance the profession of pharmacy and promote public safety. We must always stay focused on our most precious commodity; the public or patient.

Maine Pharmacy Association
Strategic Plan (2011-2015)
As adopted on September 11, 2010

Strategic Initiative 1 – Expanding collaborative practice.

Strategic Initiative 2 – Expanding membership.

Strategic Initiative 3 – Improving relations with the Department of Financial Regulation.  Move towards establishing a separate licensing body.

Strategic Initiative 4 – Establish a permanent office for the Association.

Strategic Initiative 5 – Create a part-time staff support position (partially funded as a percent of corporate sponsors brought in each year).

Strategic Initiative 6 – Expand corporate membership/sponsorship of the Association.

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