CSHP’s Initiatives and Achievements 


2015
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With the beginning of the legislative session we have important information to announce. In recent months, CSHP has worked closely with other entities in the pharmacy and medical community to discuss legislation for reimbursement of pharmacist medication management services to Medicaid patients. We’re happy to state that this week legislative language was submitted and accepted into the Public Health Committee by Representative Theresa Conroy. Here is the current language for what is now considered a “concept bill”:

“The Department of Social Services shall pay credentialed pharmacists for Medication Therapy Management services for beneficiaries taking 3 or more chronic medications to improve medication safety and health outcomes.”

CSHP will continue to update you on the progress of this legislative initiative and coordinate how you can become an important advocate to your legislator to make this law a reality.


Click to review materials, including the slide show and important links,
from the March 16, 2015 CE program

"The Stars are Aligned for State and Federal Pharmacist Reimbursement:
Why You Are the Key to Success!"


2014
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The Connecticut General Assembly 2014 regular session ran from February 5th to May 7th. Since it was a short session this year, there were not opportunities for too many new legislative initiatives to be introduced. However, CSHP  monitored continuing legislative activity, including bills that may have been introduced previously and died in committees, and any potential amendments to bills that would affect pharmacy practice. We received bill tracking reports every week that screened the hundreds of bills which could impact our profession or health care at large. Members had an opportunity to interact with legislators and their staff during Pharmacy Day at the Capitol, which is a yearly reception in the lobby of the Legislative Office Building, sponsored jointly by the state pharmacy organizations.

In addition to monitoring legislative activity on the state and national level, CSHP also was involved in discussions with the Pharmacy Commission on a proposal to institute “tech-check-tech” (TCT) capabilities for interested hospitals. The UConn School of Pharmacy and CSHP sent a survey to all hospital pharmacies to assess various dispensing practices, the credentialing and use of technicians, and the desire to use TCT services at their institution. Collaborations with all interested parties (i.e. pharmacy organizations, hospitals, Pharmacy Commission, Drug Control) took place after analysis of the survey results. This exciting initiative that will be one of Connecticut’s contributions to the continuing Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative (PPMI), ASHP’s commitment to improving institutional pharmacy practice.


2013

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The Connecticut General Assembly ended their legislative session on June 5th and CSHP was monitoring numerous bills throughout the session.

Throughout the session, CSHP continued to monitor bills to be raised and discussed through a bill monitoring program, with weekly reports from our lobbyist, Fred Knous.  Due to the very large volume of bills raised, we screen the bills that may affect our profession and follow those closely.

2012
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Telepharmacy Legislation Passes
Public Act 12-28: An Act Concerning the Use of Telepharmacy by Hospitals, was passed unanimously by both the Connecticut Legislature and signed into law by Governor Malloy on May 14, 2012. The Act permits all Connecticut hospitals to use telepharmacy in the dispensing of sterile products.

Passed: SB 371 An Act Concerning the Administration of Injectable Vaccines to Adults in Pharmacies - Expands of immunization authority to all adult vaccines

2011

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2010
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Total Success for CSHP
Passed: HB 5290: An Act Concerning the Administration of Vaccines By Licensed Pharmacists
Expands of immunization authority to all vaccines from the current flu, pneumococcal and herpes zoster

Passed: RB 262: An Act Concerning Collaborative Drug Therapy Management Agreements
Expands collaborative practice authority to all practice settings and disease states.
Perseverance Pays! Our efforts in favor of CDTM began in 1994


Defeated: RB 5307: An Act Concerning the Filling of Prescriptions for Antiepileptic Drugs
This legislation would have prohibited substitution of antiepileptic medications

Defeated: HB 5212: An Act Concerning Insurance Coverage of Bleeding Disorders
This legislation would have prohibited substitution of drugs for bleeding disorders