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  • 05/23/2014 8:37 AM | Anonymous
    Click the link below to view a summarized document of the Medicare Part D final rule that was issued by CMS earlier this week.

  • 05/23/2014 8:09 AM | Anonymous
    Avalere Health has released a new report, "Exploring Pharmacists' Role in a Changing Healthcare Environment." The report looks at the body of research and other evidence of pharmacists' services that improve patient health. This document is significant as the analysis was done by an impartial organization who took an objective look at the most recent U.S. research articles on pharmacists services, including medication management, medication reconciliation, preventive services (screening and immunization), education and behavioral counseling, and collaborative care models. Access the press release from the national pharmacy associations for more information. 
  • 05/22/2014 9:22 AM | Anonymous
    PTCB has announced that all certified pharmacy technicians (CPhTs) applying to renew certification must fulfill a new patient safety continuing education (CE) requirement. 

    To meet the 20 hours of CE needed for re-certification, CPhTs must now complete at least one hour of CE in patient safety. This is in addition to the already required one hour of CE in law. Qualifying patient safety CE courses must be based on the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education (ACPE) definition of patient safety, but PTCB will not require the CE hours to be earned from ACPE accredited providers. Read the full story for details.
  • 05/21/2014 12:23 PM | Anonymous
    The highly debated rule that CMS proposed earlier this year that was later rescinded by CMS after pressure from Congress was published in its final form on Monday, May 19th. Below is a summary that was recently shared with KPhA:

    On Monday, May 19th, CMS issued a final rule that will make changes to the Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit programs' regulations. This rule is the final form of a rule that was first proposed publically in January 2014 and was highly debated. 

    Of note to pharmacy, the final rule makes the following change (among others):

    • Increased price transparency for network pharmacies. The final rule requires Part D plans and their Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) to allow contracted pharmacies to know the reimbursement rates for drugs under Maximum Allowable Cost pricing standards. This will go into effect in contract year 2016.

    Many of the provisions in the proposed rule, including expansion of Medication Therapy Management eligibility, were not finalized at this time. The CMS fact sheet on this finalized rule can accessed here.

    The final rule can be viewed and downloaded by going to this link.
  • 05/20/2014 9:01 AM | Anonymous
    If you are interested in learning more about the Sigler Business Solution Center human resource system, attend the free webinar tonight at 8 PM. Click this link to register.

    Learn more about the system by going to this page on our website. 
  • 05/14/2014 1:07 PM | Anonymous
    The National Council for Prescription Drug Programs is hosting a free webinar on June 12th at 11 a.m. titled - Preparing for the Medicare Part D Requirements for ePrescribing in Long-Term Care Webinars. To register and for more information, click the link below:

  • 05/13/2014 11:49 AM | Anonymous
    The American Pharmacists Association's Pharmacy Today magazine wrote an article about the passing of the Collaborative Practice Law in Kansas. The law will take effect on July 1. Read the complete article by clicking here.
  • 05/12/2014 2:02 PM | Anonymous
    The KDHE is hosting a series of community meetings, Impacting Population Health that connects local health priorities with Healthy Kansans 2020. For more information and to register for these free meetings near you, click the link below. For directions on how to register, click here.

  • 05/08/2014 9:16 AM | Anonymous
    At the Kansas Board of Pharmacy meeting on April 25th, 2014, the board dealt with the issue of a pharmacy technician who had not renewed technician registration. Past practice of the Board of Pharmacy has been to fine the pharmacy when someone is working when they have not renewed their registration or license.

    It is the pharmacist-in-charge's (PIC) responsibility to ensure employees working are current on their registration/licenses and therefore can legally work in the pharmacy. As this is a duty of the PIC, the Board has decided that going forward when it is found that employees are working in the pharmacy without the proper credentials, the fine will be levied on the PIC.
  • 05/08/2014 9:13 AM | Anonymous
    Join Synovim HealthCare Solutions, Inc. May 20th from 12:15-1:15 p.m. for a webinar over the Importance of Workforce Security Awareness Education. Click the link below to register.

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