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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 January, 2018

2018 Maine Pharmacy Association

One-Day Continuing Education and Trade Show

Saturday, March 24, 2018

(Vendor Set up: Friday, March 23, 2018 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm)

Senator Inn

Augusta, Maine

Our event promises to be a valuable for all those who attend. Pharmacy personnel from all disciplines will be in attendance, including community practice and healthcare pharmacists, independent pharmacy owners, pharmacy managers, technicians, educators, and future pharmacists.

We invite you to be a part of this program. With 100 attendees, you will have ample opportunity to promote your product and interact with key decision-makers in the pharmacy profession.  In addition to exhibitor’s table, we strongly encourage you to consider additional sponsorship options for maximum exposure. 

Attendees will meet with exhibitors during the following times:

Registration (8:00am – 8:30am)

Morning break (10:30am – 11:00am)

Lunch (12:00pm – 1:00pm)

Afternoon break (2:00pm – 2:30pm)

In return for your support, MPA will provide pre-meeting and on-site advertising highlighting your participation in Maine’s premier pharmacist gathering.

Convention Options

Exhibitor and Sponsorship

There are several options to participate and support MPA at the convention.

  • Exhibitor’s Table:  $750.00

This allows you to showcase your business during breakfast, breaks, and lunch on Friday and Saturday of the convention.  Each 8×10 booth includes a 6ft skirted table & a chair.  Complimentary lunch will be provided for two exhibitors. 

NOTE:  MPA Corporate Sponsorships include tables at our conventions.  For more information, please visit our corporate sponsorship page.

  • Break Sponsor:  $250.00 (limit 2)

Your Company will be identified as a sponsor of a break during the convention.  Your company logo will be displayed at the food area.

  • Folder Insert:  $100.00 plus 100 handouts

Your company’s handout will be inserted into the folders that are distributed to all attendees.

 

MPA Pharmacy Student Scholarship Raffle

Please bring items to be raffled on Saturday.  Proceeds will go to student scholarships.

Register Now!

To be included on the on-site advertising, registration must be received by March 10, 2018.

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Online

Select your desired conference registration and dining options, and pay using your Visa, MasterCard, or American Express.


Vendor/Sponsor Spring



Mail

Click here for the registration form and instructions to register by mail.

Phone

Please call Linda at 207-502-0825 to register by phone.

Lodging

A room block has been reserved at The Senator Inn. 

You may request your room by calling the Senator Inn at 1-800-345-5050 and identify you are attending the Maine Pharmacy Association Convention Block #102537.  Room block is available until March 9, 2018.

The room rates are as follows:

Single Queen Occupancy:  $79.00/ night

Standard Room with 2 Doubles or King with pullout :  $89.00/night

Deluxe Room with 2 Doubles or King with pullout :  $109.00/night

Spa Suite Two Queen Beds or Single King:  $139.99

At the Spring 2018 One-Day CE program, 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 April 24, 2018.

Objectives will be updated as they become available.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Pharmacist Program- 6 CE Contact Hours

8:30am: Immunization Update: Amelia Arnold, PharmD and Cassandra Parsons, PharmD, BCACP, BCGP (2 CEUs)

11:00am: Effective Grassroots Involvement in the Policymaking Process (1 Law CEU)

1:00pm: Holding Difficult Conversations with Civility: Pamela Sweeney, PharmD, BCPS (1 CEU)

2:30pm: Clinical Diabetes:  Rachel Naida, PharmD,CDE (1 CEU)

3:30pm: Application of Clinical Diabetes in the Community Pharmacy Setting:  Lori Schildroth-Wood, PharmD (1 CEU)

Technician Program – 3 CE Contact Hours

1:00pm: Holding Difficult Conversations with Civility: Pamela Sweeney, PharmD, BCPS (1 CEU)

2:30pm: Clinical Diabetes:  Rachel Naida, PharmD,CDE (1 CEU)

3:30pm: Application of Clinical Diabetes in the Community Pharmacy Setting:  Lori Schildroth-Wood, PharmD (1 CEU)

Maine Pharmacy Association Bylaws

 As adopted on September 11, 2010 and revised September 2015

Article I – Name

The Association shall be known as the Maine Pharmacy Association.

 

Article II – Purpose

The Association shall exist to improve, protect, and promote the public health and welfare of the people of the State of Maine; to advance the interest of pharmacy; to provide and enhance professional education of pharmacists, student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians; to seek enactment of just laws and regulations; to guide the practice of pharmacy; to assure that all members maintain their professional and ethical obligations to the public; to advance the profession of pharmacy through increased public education; to promote and encourage a greater cooperation among the professional health practitioners of the State of Maine and to provide a forum for the discussion of a solution to the economic, pharmacy education and professional problems relating to the practice of pharmacy.

 

Article III – Qualifications for Membership

Section I – This Association shall consist of active, associate, student, corporate, honorary, and life members.

  1. Active members shall consist of any licensed pharmacist or pharmacy technician currently in good professional standing who have a valid license or certificate to practice pharmacy. Active members shall have all rights, obligations, and privileges of membership.
  2. Associate members shall consist of any non-pharmacist who is interested in advancing pharmacy but is not otherwise eligible for active membership. Associate members shall have all rights, obligations, and privileges of membership.
  3. Student members shall consist of any student pharmacist enrolled in a College/School of Pharmacy. Student members shall have all rights, obligations, and privileges of active members except the right to hold office.
  4. Corporate members shall consist of any company or organization interested in advancing the profession of pharmacy. Corporate members shall be eligible to participate in vendor showcases as part of an Annual General Membership meeting but shall enjoy no other rights, obligations, or privileges.
  5. Honorary members shall consist of pharmacists and other persons of distinction who are recommended to and approved by the Executive Committee. Honorary members shall have all rights, obligations, and privileges of active members except the right to vote and hold office. Honorary members shall be exempt from payment of Association dues.
  6. Life members shall consist of active members who have been members of any state Association for 45 years, and who are approved by the Executive Committee. Life members shall have all rights, obligations, and privileges of active membership and shall be exempt from payment of Association dues.
  7. With the exception of honorary and life members, no individual claiming membership under any of these classifications will be recognized as a member until annual dues have been paid in full.

 

Article IV – Officers

Section I – The elected officers of the Association shall consist of a President, President-elect, Immediate past-President, and Treasurer. Only Active, Associate, or Life members shall be eligible to hold office. Elected officers of the Association shall not be subject to term limits.

 

Section II – The elected term of office for President will be three years serving one-year each as President-elect, President and immediate past-President. The Treasurer shall hold office for a period of two years and be elected in odd years. Elected or appointed officers shall hold their office until their successors are chosen and duly installed.

 

Section III – The President, or in his absence or inability to serve the President-elect, shall preside at all meetings of the Association and Board of Directors; shall present at each Annual Meeting a report of the operations of the Association. The President shall appoint all standing committees and such special committees as are deemed necessary, upon approval of the Executive Committee.

 

Section IV – The President-elect shall; assume all of the powers and duties of the president in the absence of the President; assume any authority which the President may legally delegate to him/her; and, become president of the Association at the next annual meeting following his/her election as President-elect.

 

Section V – The immediate past-President shall assist the president as requested.

 

Section VI – The President-elect may be delegated by the President to perform duties in the event of President’s temporary disability or absence from meetings, and shall have other such duties as the President may assign.

 

Section VII – The Treasurer shall keep account of all moneys received and expended for the use of the Association, and shall oversee all disbursements authorized by the Executive Committee. All sums received shall be deposited in the institutions approved by the Executive Committee. Funds may be drawn only upon the signature of the Treasurer, or Executive Director. Expenditures exceeding one thousand five hundred dollars ($1500) shall require Board of Directors approval. The funds, books, and vouchers in the Treasurer’s control, shall at all times, be subject to verification and inspection by the Executive Committee.

 

The Treasurer shall render a full written report of his transaction at each Annual Meeting and also report the state of the treasury at each regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Directors, and when called upon by the Board of Directors.

 

Section VIII – A certified public accountant, approved by the Board of Directors, shall conduct a comprehensive financial review as deemed necessary.

 

 

Section IX – It shall be the duty of the officers and committee chairs to turn over to their successors, without unnecessary delay, all papers and property belonging to the Association.

 

Article V – Board of Directors

Section I – The Board of Directors shall consist of the elected officers of the Association, a Board of Directors appointed Legislative Liaison, a Board of Directors appointed Representative to the Maine Board of Pharmacy, a Board of Directors appointed Pharmacy Technician Representative, two Board of Directors appointed Members-at-Large, and a representative and student MPA member from Husson University School of Pharmacy and the University of New England College of Pharmacy selected by the respective institutions. Appointed positions will be for two years and are not subject to term limits. At the discretion of the Board of Directors, the Legislative Liaison and Representative to the Maine Board of Pharmacy may be filled by the same appointment.

 

Section II – The Board of Directors shall provide supervision, control, and direction of the affairs of the Association, making changes therein if necessary with limits of the bylaws and shall actively pursue the purposes and objectives of the Association. The Board of Directors shall have the final discretion in the disbursement of its funds and adopt such rules and regulations for the conduct of its business as shall be deemed advisable. The Executive Committee may, in the execution of the powers granted, appoint such agent as it may consider necessary to conduct Association business.

 

Section III – The Board of Directors shall hold a minimum of six meetings annually. With the exception of executive sessions, where confidential issues are discussed, all regular meetings of the Board of Directors are open to the general membership.

 

Section IV – Except for the Executive Director and the Legislative Liaison, other Board of Directors members shall not receive any compensation for their services as Board members, but the Board of Directors may, by resolution, authorize reimbursement of expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. Any elected member of the Board of Directors shall not serve in any other Association capacity and receive compensation for such services.

 

Article VI – Executive Director

 

Section I – The Executive Director will be selected by the Board of Directors which shall also specify the duties and establish, and review annually, compensation for this position. The Executive Director shall be directly responsible to the Board of Directors. The Executive Director shall be the chief executive and operating officer of the Association with responsibility for the management and direction of all operations, programs, activities, and affairs of the Association. The duties of the Executive Director shall include but not be limited to the following: give notice and attend all meetings of the Association, to keep records of all proceedings, to attest documents and perform such other duties as are usual for such official or as may be duly assigned. He/she shall budget, receive income, prepare disbursements and manage finances in accordance with these By-laws and in conjunction with adopted policies. He/she shall assist the officers, Board of Directors, and committees of the Association in the performance of their duties. He/she shall maintain liaison with local, state, and federal governments, private agencies, and other health care organizations. He/she shall serve as permanent secretary without voting privileges. The Executive Director may delegate such duties as he/she deems necessary to committees, upon approval of the Board of Directors.

 

Article VII – Committees

Committees are open to all active, associate, student and life members in good standing. Committee chairs and members will be appointed by the President, with the approval of the Board of Directors.

 

Section I – Standing Committees: The following committees will be appointed annually each September: Convention, Legislative, Education, Membership and Awards. Committees are encourage to meet at least quarterly to fulfill the respective specific charges.

 

Section II – Ad Hoc Committees: Such committees will be appointed by the President, with the approval of the Board of Directors, and charged with such temporary issues that do not fall under the scope of the standing committees of the Association. Such ad hoc committees will only exist for the time period required to fulfill the specific charge(s).

 

Article VIII – Delegates

 

The Board of Directors shall appoint delegates to the American Pharmaceutical Association and other professional associations from a list of those notifying the committee they are attending.

 

Article IX – Procedures for Resignation and Removal of Officers or Directors

 

Section I – If it is determined that an elected or appointed officer of the Association must be removed for cause, such removal will require a majority vote of the Board of Directors for appointed positions and a majority vote of the eligible membership for elected positions.

 

Section II – If a Board of Directors member is absent from three consecutive meetings for reasons which the Board of Directors has failed to declare sufficient, resignation shall be deemed to have been tendered and accepted.

 

Section III – Any Board of Directors member may resign at any time by giving a written notice to the President or the Executive Director. Such resignation shall take effect at the time specified therein; or, if no time is specified, at the time of acceptance thereof as determined by the Chairman of the Board. Any Board of Directors member may be removed by a three-fourth vote of the Board of Directors and the member is given a 90-day prior notice of the potential removal.

 

Section IV – As an elected position opens on the Board of Directors, the Executive Director shall make such an opening known to the general membership. The Committee on Nominations shall submit nominations to the Board of Directors for ballot publication. Vacated Board of Directors positions shall remain vacant until the next Annual election, and shall be filled to serve balance of term of the vacated position. Vacancies in appointed positions are filled by an action of the Board of Directors.

 

Article X – Voting Procedures

 

Section I – Voting for changes to the bylaws will be conducted by an electronic vote of the eligible membership. A majority vote of the eligible Association members responding to an electronic voting process shall carry the proposed amendment and it shall become part of the Bylaws.

 

Section II – Voting for Association officers will be conducted by an electronic vote of the eligible membership.

 

Section III – Voting in business meetings will be conducted by voice vote except where a division of the house has been called in which case a hand vote will be conducted. The results of any vote will be announced by the chair. Under Roberts Rules any member can appeal the decision of the presiding officer. The outcome of any such appeal will be determined by a majority of eligible voters present.

 

Article XI – Annual General Membership Meetings

 

Section I – All meetings of the general membership shall be held at such time and place as the Executive Committee shall determine. All members shall be notified of any meeting at least four weeks in advance. The Association shall hold at least one meeting of the general membership annually.

 

Section II – Those duly authorized voting members of the Association in attendance shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at all meeting of the general membership. Bylaw revisions and election of officers will be conducted by an electronic vote of the eligible voting membership.

 

Section III – Robert’s Rules of Parliamentary Procedure shall be enforced by the presiding officer.

 

Section IV – Order of Business for General Membership Meetings

  1. Call to Order
  2. Consent Calendar (means of processing noncontroversial items that can be quickly adopted all at once)
  3. Approval of the Minutes of the Previous Meeting
  4. Approval of Treasurer’s Report
  5. Reports of Standing Committees
  6. Reports of Ad hoc Committees
  7. Old Business
  8. New Business (cannot be acted on at the meeting presented except by 2/3 vote to suspend the rules for consideration of the motion)
  9. “Good of the Order” (a time set aside for members to offer comments or observations without formal motion; normally recognitions)
  10. Adjournment

 

Article XII – Procedures for Amending the Bylaws

 

Section I – Proposed amendments to these Bylaws may be submitted in writing by an active, associate, student, or life member of the Association to the Executive Director at least 60 days prior to a meeting of the general membership. The proposed amendment shall be reviewed by the Executive Committee which shall make a recommendation to either APPROVE or NOT APPROVE and shall be distributed to the general membership, unchanged, at least 30 days prior to a meeting of the general membership.

 

Maine Pharmacy Association

Vision and Mission Statements

 

As adopted on <September 11, 2010>

 

Vision Statement

 

The Maine Pharmacy Association will be the representative state pharmacy organization addressing the continuing education, licensing, and professional needs of all licensed pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy students in Maine.

 

Mission Statement

 

“Maintain an equilibrium guiding pharmacists, protecting the profession of pharmacy and maintaining public safety.” We must always stay focused on our most precious commodity; the public or patient.

 

Maine Pharmacy Association

Strategic Plan (2011-2015)

 

As adopted on <September 11, 2010>

 

Strategic Initiative 1 – Expanding collaborative practice.

 

Strategic Initiative 2 – Expanding membership.

 

Strategic Initiative 3 – Improving relations with the Department of Financial Regulation. Move to establishing a separate licensing body.

 

Strategic Initiative 4 – Establish a permanent office for the Association.

 

Strategic Initiative 5 – Create a part-time staff support position (partially funded as a percent of corporate sponsors brought in each year).

 

Strategic Initiative 6 – Expand corporate membership/sponsorship of the A