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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 June, 2013

The Maine Pharmacy Association is soliciting our membership-at-large for officer nominations (Treasurer) and achievement awards (Pharmacist Mutual Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award, APhA/NASPA Bowl of Hygeia Award, Upsher-Smith  Excellence in Innovation Award, and the Cardinal Health Generation Rx Champions Award. The details of the awards are included here.

Last year’s recipient of the Distinguished Young Pharmacists Award and Cardinal Health Generation Rx Champions Award were Amelia Arnold of Community Pharmacies and John Murray of the Medical Professionals Health Program, respectively.  Recent past recipients of the Bowl of Hygeia award include Joe Bruno, Bob Nutting, and Doug Kay.  

   The deadline for nominations will be July 11th in order for us to have time to prepare the awards for the Fall Convention.   MPA is also soliciting members for participation on five ad hoc committees (Convention, Legislative, Education, Membership, and Awards) to serve the association and our membership.  If you are interested in making nominations or joining a committee please email the office at mparxinfo@gmail.com

Bill Signing Ceremony - June 19 2013 - LD 1134 Collaborative PracticeSponsored by Senator Andre Cushing, LD 1134, An Act to Allow Collaborative Practice Agreements between Authorized Practitioners and Pharmacists was signed into law on June 19, 2013.  This bill improves patient care by maximizing the role of pharmacists on healthcare teams.  LD 1134 is a significant step forward for pharmacy practice in Maine!  The bill text can be found here: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=1134&PID=1456&snum=126

The Maine Pharmacy Association (MPA), the first state pharmacy association in the country, is seeking an energetic, highly motivated individual to provide office support for the organization. Initially this is a part-time, 20-hour per week position working out of the candidate’s home.
The Administrative Assistant will be responsible for providing all clerical support to the organization and directors. The position requires an ability to operate a variety of office machines and equipment; utilize proper grammar, spelling, punctuation, and arrangement of information on all correspondence; input, retrieve, download, merge, and output information from software programs and systems; create and maintain membership information; plan, organize, and make sound judgment and decisions; handle multiple tasks and priorities; communicate effectively; maintain the confidentiality of information; order and maintain supplies; prepare professional correspondence; maintain all necessary files and records; and assist in the organization and hosting of the annual MPA meetings. It is anticipated that for the first couple years the administrative assistant will perform the duties of the office primarily from his/her own home office.
Highly qualified applicants would be expected to have any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities and have a minimum of at least two years of full-time secretarial work experience. A working knowledge of Microsoft Office is required. Qualified applicants must be a high school graduate or equivalent. Previous experience with data base entry is desirable but not required. At least two years of full-time secretarial work experience is required.
A letter of application along with resume and the names and contact information of three references can be sent to:
Kenneth McCall, PharmD
President | Maine Pharmacy Association
PO Box 7033
Ocean Park, Maine 04063

Electronic submissions to kmccall@une.edu are encouraged. Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Anticipated start date for this position is August 1, 2013.