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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 […]

Advocacy efforts for pharmacist provider status by Nicole Chasse (University of New England Class of 2015), Hilary Devine (Husson University Class of 2015), Dr. Kenneth McCall of UNE and Dr. Stephanie Nichols of Husson will be featured in the September issue of PharmacyToday.  One of the most important legislative initiatives for the profession of pharmacy began in March of this year when HR 4190 was introduced in the US Congress.  HR 4190 would amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to include pharmacists as providers thereby enabling patient access to, and payment for pharmacy services under the Medicare program.  Currently, there are 94 cosponsors and strong bipartisan support in the House of Representatives for HR 4190.  However, neither of Maine’s representatives have cosponsored the bill as of yet.  Recently, a delegation from Maine Pharmacy Association including both colleges of pharmacy in Maine met with legislative staff at Representative Pingree’s office in Portland and Representative Michaud’s office in Lewiston to advocate for this important legislation.   We were especially pleased with how well the pharmacy students (Hilary and Nicole) articulated the roles of pharmacists on healthcare teams to help patients use medicines safely and stay healthy.  The visit concluded by asking Representatives Pingree and Michaud to support patient access to cost-effective pharmacy services and to cosponsor HR 4190.  

 

The September issue of PharmacyToday will be online at pharmacist.com after Sept 1 and in mailboxes after mid-September.  

 

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