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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 May, 2017

At the Fall 2017 Sesquicentennial event, all CE questionnaires will be processed electronically. If you are attending the convention, it is recommended you bring a device with internet access (tablet, smartphone, laptop). All forms must be completed within 7 days and credits will appear on the CPE Monitor by November 20, 2017.   Click here for objectives.

Pharmacist Program

Friday, October 13, 2017 – 6 CE Contact Hours

8:30am:  MeSHP Keynote Address:  Kasey Thompson, PharmD, MS, MBA  (1 CEU)

9:30amTreating Tobacco Use Disorder:  Edward Perka, CASAC, TTS (1 CEU)

11:00amLegislative Update:  Paul Chace, RPh  (1 Law CEU)

1:30pmEffectively Managing Crucial Conversations:  Tyson Thorton, PharmD, MBA, BCPS  (1 CEU)

3:00pm:  340B: Christopher Hatwig, RPh, FASHP (1 CEU)

4:00pm:  Medical Marijuana Point Counterpoint:  Christian Teter, PharmD, BCPP & John Woytowicz, MD (1 CEU)

5:00pm – 7:00pm:  The President’s Reception will serve light hors d’ouevres and entertainment by Keys to the City Dueling Pianos.  We will be honoring our 50 year pharmacists and new officer installations.

Saturday, October 14, 2017 – 6 CE Contact Hours

8:30am:  Maine Pharmacy Keynote Address:  Nancy Alverez, PharmD, BCPS, FaPhA  (1 CEU)

10:00amUSP 800 and Medication Safety:  Patricia Kienle, RPh, MPA, FASHP (1 CEU)

11:00am:  New Drug Approvals:  Cassandra Parsons, PharmD, BCACP, BCGP (1 CEU)

1:00pm:  Immunization Update 2017:  Kenneth “Mac” McCall, PharmD (2 CEU)

3:15pm Law Update:  Jessica Bates, PharmD (1 Law CEU)  OPIOID PRESCRIBING REQUIREMENTS  Handout

4:15pm:  2017 Award Presentations

**Between when the programming ends (5:00pm) and the MPA through the Ages Celebration begins (7:00pm), you will have the opportunity to try one of the many restaurants in the Old Port.    Go to VISIT PORTLAND MAINE , the Official Tourism Site for the Greater Portland Region of Maine for places to go and things to see in Portland.  Reservations may be required for some of the restaurants.

Sunday, October 15, 2017 – 3 CE Contact Hours

9:00am: Preceptor Development:  Felicity Homsted, PharmD, BCPS & Chelsea Magee, PharmD (1 CEU)

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9:00am Population Health:   William Seavey, PharmD (1 CEU)

10:00amOncology:  Matt Marston, PharmD, BCOP (1 CEU)

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10:00am:  Opioid Educational Outreach to Prescribers under Chapter 488:  Elisabeth Fowlie Mock, MD, MPH, FAAFP

11:00am: Cardiology:  Gwen Bartlett, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP (1 CEU)

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11:00amPet Medication:  Cory Theberge, PhD (1 CEU)

Technician Program

Saturday, October 14, 2017 – 6 CE Contact Hours

8:30am Maine Pharmacy Keynote Address:  Nancy Alverez  (1 CEU)

10:00amUSP 800 and Medication Safety:  Patricia Kienle, RPh, MPA, FASHP (1 CEU)

11:00am: Calculations:  Tianzi Yang, BPharm, PhD  (1 CEU)

1:00pmAdvancing Roles for Pharmacy Technician in an Evolving Health Care Environment:  Part I:  Miriam A. Mobley Smith, PharmD (1 CEU)

2:00pmAdvancing Roles for Pharmacy Technician in an Evolving Health Care Environment:  Part II:  Miriam A. Mobley Smith, PharmD (1 CEU)

3:15pmLaw Update:  Jessica Bates, PharmD (1 CEU)

CPR Certification

Friday, October 13, 2017  – 4 CE Contact Hours

1:00pm – 5:00pm:  CPR Certification:  Jane Jarvi, EdD

Sunday, October 15, 2017 – 4 CE Contact Hours

8:30am – 12:30pm:  CPR Certification:  Jane Jarvi, EdD

Join us for our 2017 Scholarship Golf Scramble !

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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 – includes sign marker

Prizes:

First Place Foursomes for gross and net

Second Place Foursomes for gross and net

and…. closest to the pin prizes!

** This event is limited to 48 people on a first come, first served basis.

** Registration Deadline is August 5, 2017

REGISTRATION:

Online:

Please include golfers’ name and handicap in the “add note to seller” section of checkout or send an email with information to mparxinfo@gmail.com.

Registration options


Mail:

You can fill out this form, and send it with a check made out to Maine Pharmacy Association to:

MPA

PO Box 8045

Portland, Maine 04104

If you have any questions feel free to call (207) 502-0825 or email mparxinfo@gmail.com

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All proceeds go to student pharmacists from Maine or attending a pharmacy school in Maine.

***We look forward to seeing you at Val Halla!***

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”.  LD 572 puts the profession of pharmacy and the services they provide along with other health care professionals.  This is especially important in rural and underserved areas of the State.

 

The profession of pharmacy was recognized in both the Senate and House which reminded policymakers of our value on healthcare teams.  Pharmacy students from both UNE College of Pharmacy in Portland and Husson University School of Pharmacy in Bangor advocated alongside faculty including Dean Rodney Larson, Dr. George Allen, Dr. Stephanie Nichols, Dr. Alla Fabrikant and Dr. Cassandra Parsons.

Our collective voices were heard as the Senate voted affirmatively for LD 572.

LD 572 will now proceed to the House.

Stay tuned!

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 Clean Claims Submitted by Pharmacies” has passed the Maine Senate and Maine House and is on the way to the Governor’s desk.   The Maine Pharmacy Association advocated for this bill.

What are Retroactive Payment Reductions?  In theory, calculating the profit from dispensing a prescription should not be difficult.  However, retroactive payment reductions such as Direct and Indirect Remuneration (DIR) fees are complicated charges that are billed to pharmacies often many months after a clean claim for a prescription has been submitted.  These charges may be the difference between the agreed upon reimbursement rate and another contractual variable or these fees may be based on compliance with contractually imposed performance metrics.  These retroactive fees, which began as a component of Medicare Part D plans, have expanded and are now incorporated in many commercial third party plans.
 
How does this affect pharmacy?
“DIR fees have wreaked havoc on independent community pharmacies and their ability to continue serving patients. These fees, typically assessed by PBMs well after prescriptions are dispensed to patients, blow a hole in community pharmacy operating budgets that is difficult to mend,” Doug Hoey, CEO of NCPA January 20, 2017
 
The growth in DIR fees is outpacing the growth of part-D drug costs and DIR fees have expanded to many commercial third party plans.  DIR fees have yet to show that they improve performance and specifically patient outcomes.  DIR fees do not reduce the cost of drugs for beneficiaries at the point-of-sale and in fact push seniors (especially vulnerable patients who use the prescription drug benefit the most) into the ‘donut hole’ and even further into the catastrophic phase of the Part D benefit.  As implemented, DIR fees are shifting the burden of drug costs away from the private insurance companies and onto the backs of local pharmacies.   LD 6 is a win for the profession because it requires fair reimbursement for clean pharmacy claims.

LD 455, “An Act Relating to the Provision of Smoking Cessation Services by Pharmacists” received a unanimous ‘ought to pass’ as amended from the Health and Human Services Committee.  The amended bill would add the following to the definition of “Practice of Pharmacy”… “the provision of tobacco cessation, ordering and dispensing of over-the-counter tobacco cessation products approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration”.

This bill is good public health policy because it increases access to smoking cessation products and services. A unanimous ought-to-pass from the committee is a significant step forward in the legislative process.  We’ll continue to monitor this bill through the legislature and to the Governor’s desk.