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  • 2 Jun 2020 10:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ASHP's new COVID Care Certified course prepares pharmacists and pharmacy technicians for managing clinical and operational challenges during the pandemic. The online course includes a variety of relevant, evidence-based resources and tools to care for patients in all stages of COVID-19, including those critically ill. It also addresses managing pharmacy staffing and workflow, as well as supply chain challenges. This course is free for ASHP members, with reduced rates for institutions and others. After completion, participants will receive documentation that they are COVID Care Certified by ASHP. 

  • 21 May 2020 12:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Office of the General Counsel at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued an advisory opinion stating that HHS's guidance authorizing pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 tests pursuant to the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act supersedes any state law that would prohibit pharmacists from ordering tests.

    Specifically, the advisory opinion refers to utilizing a "qualified person" for COVID-19 response. HHS Secretary Alex Azar declared pharmacists to be a "qualified person" for the purposes of ordering and administering COVID-19 tests on April 8.

    ASHP has actively advocated for the ability for pharmacists to order and administer tests in response to COVID-19. We will continue to work with our state affiliates on implementation of emergency orders and seek information on reimbursement for services from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. We are following up with HHS to determine whether this nationwide authority to conduct testing applies to influenza in addition to COVID-19.

  • 20 May 2020 10:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NHSHP Cabin Fever Virtual CE Event offers discounted registration for CSHP Members
    For details and to register:  https://nhshp.org/event-3836211

  • 21 Apr 2020 10:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our frequently accessed COVID-19 Resource Center has been transformed into a new microsite that intuitively organizes the resources you need to effectively respond to the pandemic. We will continue to enhance the site with new and updated content, which remains open to all healthcare professionals engaged in the COVID-19 response.

    Read more about ASHP COVID-19 Microsite


  • 9 Apr 2020 10:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wed. April 8, 2020

    Earlier today, the HHS issued new guidance under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act authorizing licensed pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 tests that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized.

    HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement:

    "Giving pharmacists the authorization to order and administer COVID-19 tests to their patients means easier access to testing for Americans who need it. Pharmacists play a vital role in delivering convenient access to important public health services and information. The Trump Administration is pleased to give pharmacists the chance to play a bigger role in the COVID-19 response, alongside all of America's heroic healthcare workers."

    HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Brett P. Giroir, M.D. issued the following statement:
    "In an effort to expand testing capabilities, we are authorizing licensed pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 tests to their patients. The accessibility and distribution of retail and independent community-based pharmacies make pharmacists the first point of contact with a healthcare professional for many Americans. This will further expand testing for Americans, particularly our healthcare workers and first responders who are working around the clock to provide care, compassion and safety to others."

    Please note per Tom Buckley, CSHP Legislative Chair: This is federal authorization. Connecticut has not yet released anything with regard to procedure, regulation or reimbursement. The Governor announced that CVS will be having 2 drive-through testing sites in CT within a week or so (Stamford and New London).  We don't know if pharmacists will be ordering and administering at these sites.

    Related Information

    OASH's Guidance for Licensed Pharmacists, COVID-19 Testing, and Immunity under the PREP Act is available here - PDF.

    FDA's Emergency Use Authorizations for diagnostic and therapeutic medical devices to diagnose and respond to public health emergencies is available here.

    Priorities for testing patients with suspected COVID-19 infection are available here - PDF.

  • 1 Apr 2020 9:08 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Click for the Recording of the March 31, 2020 virtual forum on pharmacist responses and concerns relative to Covid-19

  • 31 Mar 2020 10:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Healthcare Associations Join to Combat COVID-19

    To support our healthcare providers, communities and our country, ASHP has joined with the American Association for Physician Leadership, the American College of Healthcare Executives, the American Medical Group Association, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, the Healthcare Financial Management Association, the Medical Group Management Association, and the National Association for Healthcare Quality in an effort to mobilize the full strength of our collective knowledge. Together, we are offering our best combined resources (including tools, educational content and industry best practices) at no charge in an effort to overcome COVID-19.    
  • 30 Mar 2020 10:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ASHP Cancels Summer Meetings & Exhibition  

    ASHP has made the decision to cancel our Summer Meetings & Exhibition in Seattle (originally scheduled for June 6-10, 2020). We know that Summer Meetings is an important event for participants – however, the safety of our meeting attendees during this unprecedented time will always be our first priority. Read our full statement and access FAQs on our website.  
  • 27 Mar 2020 2:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CSHP's Legislative Committee reports that the Dept of Consumer Protection released new modifications to some regulations today.  One of them is the change in pharmacist/tech ratios in "Institution outpatient, inpatient and satellite pharmacies". Please see the attached announcement
    Pharmacy_Credential_Holder_Letter.pdf

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