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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 March, 2014

Cassandra WhiteDr. Cassandra White graduated Magna Cum Laude from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Albany, New York.  After earning her Doctor of Pharmacy degree, she completed a post-graduate year-1 pharmacy practice residency at the VA Maine Healthcare System in Augusta.  Cassandra’s career began at the age of fifteen as a pharmacy technician in retail. Over time, she gained experience working for pharmacies at Wal-Mart, CVS, and Rite Aid.  Dr. White is currently an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice for Husson University School of Pharmacy in Bangor.  The VA Maine Healthcare System serves as her clinical practice site where she specializes in ambulatory care for the spinal cord injury and anticoagulation clinics. Cassandra, a native of Hermon, Maine, is proud to be a licensed pharmacist in her home state. She is very excited to be a part of the Maine Pharmacy Association and looks forward to collaborating with her pharmacy colleagues across the state.

Today an alliance of pharmacy organizations has launched one of the most important legislative initiatives in the history of our profession!  A bipartisan bill, HR 4190, has been introduced in the US Congress that would amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to include pharmacists as providers and enable patient access to, and payment for, Medicare Part B services by state-licensed pharmacists in medically underserved communities.

This federal legislation coupled with our new law in Maine that allows pharmacists to initiate, monitor, modify and discontinue medication pursuant to a collaborative practice agreement would empower pharmacists to build partnerships with healthcare teams across our state to optimize patient outcomes.  On behalf of Maine Pharmacy and with our colleagues at NACDS, I’m meeting tomorrow with Senators and Representatives in Washington DC to ask for their support of HR 4190.  The official version of the bill can be found HERE. I’ll send more information soon on how you can get involved by writing your legislators in Washington.  Stay tuned!

Your friend in Pharmacy,

Mac

Kenneth L. McCall, PharmD

President | Maine Pharmacy Association

“The upside of online shopping is that it puts the Internet’s full selection at your fingertips. The downside is that it’s harder to know exactly what you’re buying. When it comes to buying medicine, that downside can be deadly. Illegal online pharmacies are a particularly dangerous and elusive sector of the growing problem of counterfeit drugs. The scope of the Internet compounds the rapid globalization of the drug supply chain and its increasingly dangerous misuse, making illegal sellers more difficult to trace.” The entire article can be found HERE.