Archive May 2023
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Comer Announces First Hearing on Pharmacy Benefit Managers’ Role in Rising Health Care Costs
House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) announced on Tuesday there would be an upcoming hearing titled, “The Role of Pharmacy Benefit Managers in Prescription Drug Markets Part I: Self-Interest or Health Care?” At the hearing scheduled for 10:00 am on May 23, 2023, members will examine Pharmacy Benefit Managers’ (PBMs) tactics at multiple levels of the payment and supply chains that are increasing costs for consumers and harming patient care.
Welcome KPhA's New Board Members
We are delighted to welcome our newest members to KPhA's Board of Directors. Thanks to all of our members who took the time to vote for this year's exceptional slate of candidates. The results are reported in alphabetical order and as follows:
Medicaid Provider Reminder about Insulin GlargineAs a reminder, generic insulin glargine and insulin glargine solostar are preferred over the name-brand Lantus® and Lantus® Solostar products.
The submission clarification code bypass that was implemented on March 15th, 2023, should only be used in cases of true shortages. Please note that documentation of the shortage may be subject to audit review.
Yellow Fever Vaccination Application Webinar Now Online
The Kentucky Department for Public Health recently updated the state Yellow Fever Vaccination Center Application. Pharmacists can now apply for this program to receive a yellow fever stamp once specified training and documentation requirements are met.
KPhA recently hosted a short informational session so pharmacists could learn more about the program. Carrie Tuggle, KDPH Immunizations Branch Yellow Fever Program administrator, and Amy Herrington, KDPH Immunizations Branch Manager, updated pharmacists on the new application process and discussed the program's requirements, including training, storage, reporting, and documentation. You can find the recording here to watch the information session.
KDPH Yellow Fever Vaccine Stamp Application: https://www.chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/dehp/imm/YellowFeverVaccinationCenterApplication.pdf
CDC Yellow Fever Training: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/yellow-fever-vaccine-course
Community Health Worker Integration in Kentucky's Community Pharmacies
KPERF is applying for a Health Resources and Services Administration Grant with a project titled Community Health Worker Integration in Community Pharmacies - Kentucky. This project would include training Pharmacy Technicians employed by community pharmacies in rural Kentucky as Certified Community Health Workers and coaching those technicians and their pharmacies on activities to educate, prevent, and manage chronic conditions, with a focus on heart disease, through collaboration with other local providers.
Workplace Regulation Update
Effective March 9, 2023, 201 KAR 2:450 further defines unprofessional conduct as it pertains to pharmacy permit holders. The new regulation was necessary to clarify the current statute that does not explicitly list permit holders in the definition sections of KRS 315.121.
In early 2022, KPhA’s Pharmacy Workplace Environment Advisory Committee (PWEAC) worked diligently to determine and propose actions to the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy to address ongoing unsafe pharmacy workplace conditions. The Committee introduced the idea and language for the new regulation to the KYBOP in July 2022, in hopes the new regulation would provide solid guidance for pharmacy personnel to advocate for safe practices within their workplace and for pharmacy permit holders to be held accountable when subjecting their employees to unsafe working conditions.
OTC List Update
Effective Saturday, July 5, 2023, Kentucky Medicaid MCO Single PBM Program will update its pharmacy benefit Over-the-Counter (OTC) Covered Drug List. This list applies only to members enrolled with Kentucky Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs). OTC products that are not on the list will NOT be covered; however, providers are encouraged to review the updated list to identify a covered alternative for non-covered OTC products.
Spring has Sprung
April showers are known to bring May flowers, but over at KPhA, the spring edition of The Kentucky Pharmacist is the first to sprout. With an abundance of timely and interesting CE to the sneak peek of the 2023 Annual Meeting in "Hot Rod City" (June 8-11), and perennial favorites like Dr. Fink's Law Review, this issue of the Journal is freshly picked just for our members. Click here for the downloadable, printable issue, or visit our website.
VOTE Melody Ryan for APHA President-Elect
This spring, I announced my candidacy to serve as APhA president-elect. As a lifelong Kentuckian, I am proud to have dedicated my career to advancing the pharmacy profession and to have worked to improve health outcomes in our Commonwealth and beyond.