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Entries for September 2016

DIR Bills Introduced in Congress

S. 3308/H.R. 5951, the Improving Transparency and Accuracy in Medicare Part D Spending Act, was introduced in Congress earlier this year. This legislation aims to curb retroactive direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees imposed by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) in Medicare Part D. The lag time in the assessment of DIRs often times brings an unnecessary burden on the pharmacy as it is difficult to make decisions when pharmacies aren’t sure of how much payment will be received and when. This act will allow greater transparency in drug pricing, lower cost-sharing for beneficiaries and improve the overall integrity and operation of Medicare Part D program. This act aims to not increase the Medicare Part D costs and will not obstruct “pay for performance” programs.

MPA will be monitoring the status of these bills, as well as others, as it progresses through the legislature. For more information regarding these bills, as well as our our priorities and talking points, feel free to visit www.MichiganPharmacists.org/advocacy/priorities.

Posted in: Professional Practice
Denials of Prescriber Requirements

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) wants to remind pharmacists that as of Oct. 1, 2016, the department will be changing the claims process to continue to deny prescriptions for fee-for-service (FFS) pharmacy programs when the prescriber writing is not enrolled or registered with the service. This requirement is part of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act under section 6401. The state has directed that no overrides be allowed, and that a provider should contact MDHHS to enroll at 800-292-2550. Pharmacies can also resubmit a claim with corrected or valid NPA, but if issues arise, feel free to get in touch with the help desk at 877-624-5204. For further information and resources visit the policy bulletin here: www.Michigan.gov/documents/mdch/MSA_13-17_423003_7.pdf or visit www.Michigan.fhsc.com.

Posted in: Professional Practice
2016 Pharmacy Day at the Capitol Recap

Tuesday, Sept. 20, Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA), Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA), students from all three colleges of pharmacy and many volunteers descended on the Capitol in Lansing for the seventh annual Pharmacy Day at the Capitol. The event was a huge success, with over 300 students and volunteers participating in legislative activities and medication disposal. The tent was busy the entire day, collecting over 600lbs of medications including more than 20lbs of controlled substances. Thank you to everyone who was able to come and support pharmacy at the Capitol! Look forward to a full overview of the event in the January 2017 issue of Michigan Pharmacist.

Posted in: Member News
Final Call for Application for the 2017 MPF Grant Program

Applications for the 2017 MPF Grant Program must be submitted by Oct. 1, 2016 for consideration. Every year, MPF accepts grant applications from individual pharmacy professionals, including student pharmacists and residents, pharmacy organizations, colleges of pharmacy and pharmacy businesses who desire to obtain funding for a project that promotes the mission of MPF.

Michigan Pharmacy Foundation (MPF) provides grant funding for projects that support its mission to advance pharmacy leadership, education and research and to promote pharmacy practice to the highest level of patient care. For more than 20 years, the Foundation has awarded in excess of $250,000 in grant funding for projects that advance the profession.

Programs seeking grant funding for programming on the following topics are preferred:
  • Pain Management
  • Substance Abuse and Addiction
  • Public Health Management

Applications can be e-mailed to Eric Roath, MPF executive director, at Eric@MichiganPharmacists.org; or mailed to Michigan Pharmacy Foundation, Attn: Eric Roath, 408 Kalamazoo Plaza, Lansing, MI 48933. If your application is mailed, you must provide three copies. Please note that faxed applications will not be accepted. For 2016, MPF has allocated up to a total of $11,000 in funding to be awarded for grant proposals. If multiple grant applications are accepted, the $11,000 will be divided among all grantees. Please visit our website for more information on how to apply for a MPF grant.

Posted in: Member News
Last Chance to Register for MPF Oktoberfest!

Don’t miss out on the first ever MPF Oktoberfest! Join your friends and colleagues in celebrating Oktoberfest at this private fundraising event on Oct. 15, 2016, in the Centennial Room at Founders Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids. The evening’s activities will include the opportunity to sample Founders’ unique assortment of critically acclaimed craft beer while enjoying dinner with friends and networking with colleagues. 

To attend this event, you are welcome to register online by Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, or register over the phone by calling MPF Event Manager, Cynthia Rowe, at (517) 377-0222. Cost to attend is $175 per person. Founders Brewing Co. is located at 235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, Mich. 49503. For those interested in staying overnight in Grand Rapids the night of the event, there are multiple hotels within a short distance of the venue. Booking reservations at one of these hotels is great option for out-of-town guests interested in enjoying more of Grand Rapids’ night life following the event. Click here to see available options for hotel stays the night of the event.

Proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the Foundation’s investments in the future of pharmacy. MPF provides scholarships to student pharmacists, supports practitioners through the year-long Leadership Academy, grant funding for projects that advance pharmacy practice and health outcomes, and reaches out to the community through initiatives that work to help the citizens of Michigan. To learn more about the Foundation, visit www.MichiganPharmacists.org/foundation.

Posted in: Member News
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