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August 9, 2019

News from MPhA

Mission Moment:

Article on Collaborative Relationships between Physicians and Pharmacists

Kyle M. Turner, PharmD, BCACP; Cory A. Nelson, PharmD, BCACP; Deborah Pestka, PharmD, PhD; and Todd Sorensen, PharmD, are the authors of an article that appears in the August 15, 2019, issue of the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy. Kyle and Cory are past University of Minnesota Leadership residents, and Deborah and Todd are current MPhA members. The article, “Identification of critical factors for forming collaborative relationships between physicians and pharmacists,” reports on a study that identified and described strategies that have successfully achieved collaboration among physicians and pharmacists providing comprehensive medication management (CMM) to support development of CMM services.

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At the Capitol this Week:

New MA Reimbursement Rate Now in Effect

From Minnesota Department of Human Services, July 19: Important changes were made to state law regarding the reimbursement rate for outpatient drugs covered by the fee-for-service (FFS) Medical Assistance (MA) program during the 2019 legislative session. See the Office of the Revisor Statutes SF 12 Bill Text Versions webpage for statutory references. DHS will reprocess claims for dates of service from July 1-18, 2019 on Aug. 29, 2019, and they will appear on pharmacies’ remittance advice on Sept. 17, 2019. Effective for claims with a date of service on or after July 1, 2019, the following changes will be incorporated into the MA reimbursement for outpatient drugs:

Drug reimbursement (ingredient cost, for example)

  • The reimbursement rate for drugs is the same for all pharmacies. The differential rate paid to rural independently owned pharmacies was eliminated.
  • The reimbursement rate for drugs is the lesser of the National Average Drug Acquisition Cost (NADAC) (brand or generic), the state maximum allowable cost or specialty maximum allowable cost, or the usual and customary charge submitted. If a drug does not have a NADAC, state maximum allowable cost and specialty maximum allowable cost, then the reimbursement rate is the lesser of the wholesale acquisition cost minus 2 percent or the usual and customary charge submitted.

Dispensing fee

  • The dispensing fee for “covered outpatient drugs”, as defined by
    federal law
    , will be increased to $10.48 from $3.65.
  • The dispensing fee for covered drugs that don’t meet the federal definition of a “covered outpatient drug” will remain $3.65. An example of a covered drug that doesn’t meet the definition of a “covered outpatient drug” is a covered over-the-counter (OTC) multivitamin.
  • The dispensing fee for all compounded intravenous solutions was changed to $10.48 per bag. All other dispensing fees for compounded intravenous products were eliminated.
  • The dispensing fee for covered OTC drugs will be prorated if a claim is for less than the manufacturer’s original package size.
  • The retrospective billing pharmacy OTC drug dispensing fee was eliminated.
  • The Long-term care blister card system dispensing fee was eliminated.

For full information, including details on 340B reimbursement, OTC drugs, MinnesotaCare tax, and additional changes, visit the Minnesota Health Care Programs website.

APMS

Minnesota News

MDH Declares Hepatitis A Outbreak

From Minnesota Department of Health: The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has declared an outbreak of hepatitis A in multiple counties among people who use street drugs (injection or non-injection), are experiencing homelessness or unstable housing, or have been recently incarcerated.

The outbreak includes 23 cases in nine counties: Pine (5), Hennepin (3), Kanabec (3), Mille Lacs (3), St. Louis (3), Washington (3), Chisago (1), Dakota (1) and Kandiyohi (1). In thirteen cases, people were hospitalized and all have been discharged.

While initial cases were clustered in east-central Minnesota and had links to each other, more recent cases occurred in counties in other parts of the state. The infection source is not known for some cases, suggesting some community transmission among those in high-risk groups.

Read the Full News Release


Weather Alerts Should Warn People with Specific Health Conditions

From University of Minnesota School of Public Health: Severe heat or cold can be particularly dangerous for people with certain health conditions. Yang Liu, a University of Minnesota School of Public Health PhD student, completed a study on the health effects of seasonal weather that was published in the journal Risk Analysis. She analyzed how emergency department visits and deaths in the Twin Cities trended across seasons, then reviewed the data for patterns showing which illnesses were most affected by cold or hot weather. “The findings suggest that cold alerts should include information about the potential harm to people with cardiovascular and respiratory diseases,” Liu says. “Heat alerts should include information about the threat to people with renal disease.”

Read the Full Article

National News

Pharmacy Associations React to Trump Administration Proposal to Allow Prescription Drug Imports

From social media posts: After the Trump Administration announced a trial plan to import some less-expensive prescription medications from Canada last week, the American Pharmacists Association and the National Community Pharmacists Association (among other organizations) have encouraged caution in implementing such a plan.

APhA wrote on Twitter, “APhA…supports strategies to lower Americans’ costs by providing FDA-APPROVED drugs through a secure supply chain including their pharmacist—consistent w/Drug Quality & Security Act.”

Follow MPhA on Twitter @minnpharmassoc to stay in the loop on national news developments like this.


Walgreens Plans to Close 200 U.S. Stores

From Chicago Tribune, August 7: Walgreens has announced plans to close 200 stores across the U.S. as part of a wide-ranging cost management program that began last year. The announcement did not detail the specific stores affected, but a spokesman said closings will begin in Fall 2019.

Read the Full Article


How to Become a Pharmacy Tech

From EduMed website: Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of licensed pharmacists to dispense medication, provide information to patients and perform administrative duties. To do their jobs correctly, technicians need the proper education and may need to be licensed by their state. Hundreds of pharmacy tech programs are available across the U.S. Which path makes the most sense for you? Here’s a step-by-step guide. (Pharmacists and pharmacy owners/managers: please share this info with prospective techs.)


APhA’s Well-Being Assessment for Pharmacists

Your well-being as a member of the health care team is vital to a patient's outcome. MPhA, in collaboration with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), invites you to participate in the Well-Being Index. This validated screening tool, invented by the Mayo Clinic, is an opportunity to help you better understand your overall well-being and areas of risk compared to other healthcare workers across the nation, as well as provide access to general and pharmacist-specific resources.

It's important to note, this tool is 100% anonymous — your information and results are private, and your individual score will not be shared with MPhA, APhA, or anyone for that matter. You do not have to be an APhA member to participate.

Take the survey now in a few easy steps:


Medication Safety Tip from APMS

From Alliance for Patient Medication Safety™ PSO: Review workflow for all medications where multi-component products are stored in different locations in the pharmacy:

  • Make sure pharmacy employees are aware of all multi-component products
  • Auxiliary labels or overwrapping should be applied to the main component to alert users to the unique storage conditions
  • The computer system can include an alert to remind pharmacists and technicians to dispense all components
  • The feasibility of acting on suggestions from employees

For more information, or to get your Medication Safety Program started, click here or contact APMS at (866) 365-7472!


APhA Annual Awards and Honors Program

The American Pharmacists Association is accepting nominations for its Annual Awards and Honors program — the most comprehensive recognition program in the pharmacy profession. The deadline is September 1.

Nominate a Colleague Today

Alliance for Patient Medication Safety

MPhA Events

Register Now: MPhA Annual Learning Networking Event and MTM Symposium

October 3-4 • Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park

ALNE

We are pleased to present the agenda and speakers for this unique event as we bring together pharmacists, pharmacist students, pharmacy technicians, public health professionals and industry thought leaders for two days of cutting-edge programming and networking. Among the sessions and speakers:

  • Celebrate the Past and Envision Your Future, MPhA President Craig Else, PharmD
  • Migraine Update (Clinical Pearl), Natalie Roy, PharmD
  • Value-Based Payment and Quality Metrics: Where We Are and Where We Need to Be, Nick Dorich, PharmD
  • Developing Cultural Competency: A Lifelong Process Incorporated in Precepting Students, Raquel Rodriguez, BS Pharm, PhD and Mary McGuiggan, PharmD, BCGP
  • Well-being and Resiliency: Learning to Surf, Amanda Brummel, PharmD, BCACP

Thanks to the following sponsors and exhibitors!

Lunch Sponsor: University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy
Coffee Sponsor: National Association of Chain Drug Stores
Silver Sponsors: Anda • Arkray USA, Inc. • Lilly USA, LLC
Exhibitors: Abbvie • Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals • McKesson • Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance • Pharmacists Mutual • SpartanNash

Sponsorship opportunities are going quickly — don’t miss out!

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MPhA Virtual Coffee Break Webinar: What’s Happened to Pharmacy Crime Since the Crackdown on Opioids?

Wednesday, August 21 • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. • Online webinar

In the midst of what has been a “crisis of prescription drug addiction,” data indicate that pharmacy burglaries and robberies are occurring less frequently than in the past. How significant is the shift? Will this continue? What does history tell us? Why should the pharmacist care?

Our presenter is Michael Warren, ARM, OHST, Corporate Risk Manager with Pharmacists Mutual Insurance. Mike is a frequent speaker on topics related to pharmacy risk management, with audiences including the National Association of State Controlled Substances Authorities, the National Community Pharmacists Association and the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit. He has spoken at fifteen pharmacy associations and six universities over the past few years.

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APhA’s Pharmacy-based Immunization Delivery Certificate Training Program

Sunday, September 29 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. • Ewald Conference Center, St. Paul

APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery certificate training program is based on national educational standards for immunization training from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This program is designed to educate pharmacists about the professional opportunities for vaccine advocacy and administration. This practice-based curriculum represents a fusion of science and clinical pharmacy. The program, which emphasizes a health care team approach, seeks to foster the implementation of interventions that will promote disease prevention and public health.

The purpose of this certificate training program is to prepare pharmacists with comprehensive knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to provide immunization services to patients across the life span.

This certificate training program has three components: online interactive self-study with assessment; the live seminar with online final assessment; and hands-on assessment of intramuscular and subcutaneous injection technique. A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to participants who successfully complete all program components, including an evaluation.

Our faculty members are John Creasy, RPh; Laurie Deegan, RPh; and Melanie Schwartz, RPh; all are with Fairview Pharmacy Services.

Register Now!


APhA’s Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services Certificate Training Program

Friday, November 1 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. • Ewald Conference Center, St. Paul

This program qualifies you to register as a provider with MN Medicaid and conduct and receive payment for Medication Therapy Management services. Certificate training program (3rd Edition) presents a systematic approach for developing, implementing, delivering, and sustaining MTM services. It includes an overview of the marketplace for delivering MTM services, guidance for implementing MTM services in pharmacy practice, a review of the essential skills and knowledge needed for performing MTM successfully, and an organized process for identifying medication-related problems. The purpose of this certificate training program is to prepare pharmacists to improve medication use through the delivery of MTM services in a variety of practice settings.

Our faculty members are Jordan Wolf, PharmD, Certified Geriatric Specialist, Consultant Pharmacist, Thrifty White Pharmacy, and Michelle A. Johnson, PharmD, BCACP, Pharmacist, Fairview Pharmacy Services. 

Register Now


Save the Date: MPhA Events

Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day

February 20, 2020 • Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge, St. Paul

In this Issue

News from MPhA

Mission Moment

At the Capitol this Week

Minnesota News

MDH Declares Hepatitis A Outbreak

Weather Alerts Should Warn People with Specific Health Conditions

National News

Pharmacy Associations React to Trump Administration Proposal to Allow Prescription Drug Imports

Walgreens Plans to Close 200 U.S. Stores

How to Become a Pharmacy Tech

APhA’s Well-Being Assessment for Pharmacists

Medication Safety Tip from APMS

APhA Annual Awards and Honors Program


Upcoming Events

MPhA Virtual Coffee Break Webinar: What’s Happened to Pharmacy Crime Since the Crackdown on Opioids?
August 21, 2019
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

APhA’s Pharmacy-based Immunization Delivery Certificate Training Program
September 29, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

APhA’s Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services Certificate Training Program
November 1. 2019
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

MPhA Annual Learning and Networking Event
October 3-4, 2019



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