CSHP Advocates for Pharmacy Professionals in CT

CSHP represents you and your interests as a pharmacy professional. We work to create the best possible work environment for all. During the legislative session, our lobbyist and legislative committee track activity and use a service called Bill Book.
2017 Bill Book: June 5  June 2   May 30   May 19  May 12  May 5  April 28  April 14  April 7  March 31   March 24   March 17   March 10   March 3   Feb 24   Feb 18  Feb. 10     Feb. 3      Jan. 31   
 
 


2016 Bill Book Archive:   June 13  June 14  June 5    May 6   May 1  April 23 April 15  April 8 April 2  March 24 March 18 March 12  March 4

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Legislative Update - May 2017

submitted by Tom Buckley, RPh, MPH; CSHP Legislative Chair

thomas.e.buckley@uconn.edu

 

The Connecticut General Assembly has less than one more month to go until the end of the legislative session. It's looking increasingly likely there may be a special session into the summer to address the massive budget deficit that has still yet to be resolved. We continue to monitor bills affecting health-systems pharmacy. Some are still active on the House and Senate calendar, and they await potential floor votes in the coming days.

 

HB7118: "An Act Concerning Biologic Products"
This legislation allows for a pharmacist to substitute an interchangeable biologic product. It states that no later than 72 hours after dispensing, the pharmacist shall inform the prescriber the substitution has been made. This does not apply to products dispensed by a pharmacy operated by a hospital. However, there has been concern that this window of notification places an undue burden on the pharmacist.

 

SB552: "An Act Concerning a Standing Order Program for Dispensing Opioid Antagonists"
This legislation authorizes a prescriber to issue a standing order to a pharmacist allowing the pharmacist to dispense an opioid antagonist. The bill keeps the current law of allowing a certified pharmacist to prescribe and dispense an opioid antagonist, but also adds the standing order language. We, along with CPA, do not agree with the addition of the standing order language and feel that it may not allow the prescriber to know when an opioid antagonist is dispensed. There are over 1,000 pharmacists in Connecticut allowed to prescribe and dispense, and this number continues to increase with additional public awareness.

 

On the federal level, the provider status bill, "Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act", is continuing to add co-sponsors. On the House side (Bill HR592) there are 163 co-sponsors, but only Rep. Larson and DeLauro from Connecticut. If your House member is Courtney, Esty or Himes, please urge them to sign on as a co-sponsor. On the Senate side (Bill S109), there are 35 co-sponsors, and neither Senators Murphy nor Blumenthal are included in this list. As a reminder of the importance of this bill, it would allow pharmacist reimbursement for clinical services under Medicare Part B. Here are the links to the bills in the House and Senate:
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/592/cosponsors

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/109/cosponsors

 

Thank you for your continued advocacy for the pharmacy profession. Now, more than ever, your voice and action are needed to advance our profession.


CSHP Initial 2017 Legislative Committee Report

submitted by Tom Buckley, RPh, MPH

 

The Connecticut legislature convened its 2017 session the first week of January (ending in early June). Already a number of pharmacy-related bills have either been raised or in the process of being raised and readied for a public hearing. CSHP's legislative committee and its lobbyist, Fred Knous, actively monitor the bills most related to health-systems pharmacy practice and will comment and/or bring them to the membership for information, and potentially ask for your advocacy to either support or oppose legislative action.

 

We also are actively involved in a multi-pharmacy and multi-disciplinary group interested in pursuing reimbursement legislation for medication management activities. At the moment this group, consisting of CT pharmacy organizations, CT schools of pharmacy, and other interested health professionals, are in the discussion phase of any potential legislative initiative for this session.

 

This activity dovetails nicely with the federal legislation raised in the Senate in early January – Senate Bill S.109, the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act, which has received very strong bipartisan support in its earlier iteration in the previous Congress. This bill would bestow pharmacist recognition as a provider under Medicare Part B for medication management services. We will be waiting for the companion House bill to be raised shortly, and will notify you when it may be appropriate to reach out to your Congressional members to support and become a co-sponsor of the bill.

 

Please contact legislative chair Tom Buckley anytime with questions on either state or federal legislative activities. Thomas.e.buckley@uconn.edu


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CSHP Joins PAPCC

CSHP has become a member of Patient Access to Pharmacists’ Care Coalition (PAPCC), a coalition spearheaded by ASHP that is working to obtain nationwide provider status for pharmacists in the Medicare program. For information about PAPCC, go to http://pharmacistscare.org   To see who are current members of the coalition (more being added each day), go to http://pharmacistscare.org/about-papcc/

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Resolve to Build Support for Provider Status

The Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act received strong support in 2015, but there's still much work to do before this provider status legislation can be enacted into law. As the second half of the 114th Congress begins, invite your representative and senators to visit your practice site for an up-close look at the ways you care for patients. Use ASHP's toolkit for tips on how to extend an invitation and plan for the site visit. (source: ASHP NewsLink 12.22.15)

You can make a difference. Please read the May 2015 update, review the attached documents and contact your legislator to share the details of how Medication Therapy Management (MTM) can save money for the CT budget. Our goal is to have this language inserted into the final appropriations bill.

See the link below for members of the Appropriations Committee.

Map, Districts, Representatives with contact information
http://connecticut.hometownlocator.com/maps/congressional-districts.cfm
 

State Representatives and Senators
A resource to locate and contact your local CT representatives, visit http://www.cga.ct.gov/maps/townlist.asp