|Capitol Connections January 7, 2013|
January 7, 2013
State-by-State Compounding Update
IACP proudly announces the launch of Compounders Stateside. IACP’s Compounders Stateside will serve as a one-stop resource for state compounding updates and the latest happenings with the state Boards of Pharmacy. Please be sure to check this page periodically, as it will continue to be updated as situations evolve with each individual state. Click here to view Compounders Stateside which is prominently featured on IACP’s homepage.
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE: PATRICK OUTLINES PHARMACY INDUSTRY REFORMS
Monetary fines, whistleblower protections and a reconfigured Board of Registration in Pharmacy are among the reforms Gov. Deval Patrick proposed Friday in the wake of a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak tied to a Framingham compounding pharmacy. At a press conference, Patrick said he wants more professional perspectives represented on the board and said he's calling for special licenses for sterile compounding. Click here to view article in its entirety.
Effective January 1, 2013:
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) no longer accepts billing by pharmacies for "Prepared Drugs". Click here for more information.
IACP has formally requested documentation and instructions from CMS regarding their final interpretation of "incident to" billing and the communications to fiscal intermediaries. Once CMS responds to IACP with that information, we will share it with our membership in a future issue of Capitol Connections.
IACP Statement on Healthcare Provider Status for Pharmacists
"IACP is a member of the multi-organizational stakeholder group working with other pharmacy associations to obtain provider status for all pharmacists. IACP believes that the long-term goal of enabling all pharmacists to bill for services over-and-above those associated solely with dispensing of prescriptions will provide greater opportunities for the profession. For compounders, consultation with prescribers about the development of unique medication solutions is just one area that the Academy sees as an important service which deserves compensation and reimbursement by payers."
Media Coverage of Compounding & Meningitis Outbreak
Below is a compilation of print, radio and television news pieces on pharmacy compounding and the meningitis outbreak crisis.
Regulating Compounding Pharmacies: What Do Pharmacists Think? – Medscape, December 26, 2012
Click here to view full list.
Remembering Kay Sparks
It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to a much-beloved compounding pharmacist and esteemed colleague. IACP sends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Kay Sparks, wife of PCCA CEO David Sparks. Kay Sparks passed away on December 25, 2012.
2013 Educational Conference Update
The ONLY Political Action Committee for Compounders Welcomes the Honorable Sam Farr at IACP’s COMP PAC Reception held during the 2013 Educational Conference
Exclusive IACP Member Event
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In Case You Missed It…The December issue of CustomRx Connection Released
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