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 […]

The Maine Pharmacy Association is tracking the following bills in the 2014 Maine legislative session.  MPA testifies, advocates and supports our members in the public policy arena.

LD 1599: Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Health and Human Services To Advance the Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs To Protect Health Care Personnel

Summary: This resolve requires the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to adopt by rule a standard for the handling of antineoplastic drugs in health care facilities regardless of the setting.  In developing the standard, the commissioner shall consider input from hospitals; practicing physicians from affected specialties, including oncology; organizations representing health care personnel, including registered nurses and pharmacists; and other stakeholders and shall determine a reasonable time for facilities to implement new requirements imposed by the adopted standard.

LD 1624: An Act Concerning Pricing Disclosure Requirements and Oversight of Pharmacy Benefits Managers

Summary: This bill sets limits on the use of maximum allowable cost pricing by pharmacy benefits managers and requires pharmacy benefits managers to make disclosures regarding that pricing. It also transfers oversight and enforcement of the laws governing the registration of pharmacy benefits managers from the Superintendent of Insurance to the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Maine Board of Pharmacy.

LD 1686: An Act to Address Preventable Deaths from Drug Overdose

Summary: This bill authorizes the prescription, possession and administration of opioid antagonists under certain circumstances and provides criminal and civil immunities for such prescription, possession and administration; provides for Medicaid coverage of naloxone hydrochloride using existing resources; authorizes standing orders and collaborative practice agreements for the dispensing of opioid antagonists; provides for an annual report on unintentional drug overdose; and directs the Department of Health and Human Services to make grants from existing resources 1 for various drug overdose prevention projects.

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