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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 August, 2015

HR 592/S314 “Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act” is one of the most important legislative initiatives for the profession of pharmacy. HR 592 and the Senate companion bill S314 would amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to include pharmacists as providers thereby enabling patient access to, and payment for pharmacy services.  Currently, there are 185 cosponsors in the House of Representatives for HR 592 and 28 cosponsors of S314 in the Senate. Representative Pingree and Senator Collins have already pledged their support to the bill.

 

Recently, a delegation from Maine Pharmacy Association met with legislative staff at Representative Poliquin’s office in Lewiston to advocate for this important legislation. The visit concluded by asking Representative Poliquin to support patient access to cost-effective pharmacy services and to cosponsor HR 592. The MPA delegation will be meeting with Senator King’s office later this month.

 

Poliquin

From left to right: Kenneth McCall, PharmD, Associate Professor UNE, Cassandra White, PharmD, Assistant Professor, Husson University, Amelia Arnold, PharmD, Manager of Retail and Clinical Operations, Community Pharmacies, Erin Kany, UNE Class of 2017, Stephanie Lewis, PharmD, UNE-Hannaford Pharmacy-Martin’s Point Healthcare PGY1 Resident, Jacob Turmel, Husson Class of 2016, and Minh Pham, UNE Class of 2016.