Outlook on the Legislative Pharmacy Landscape- January 31, 2020
Loriann De Martini, PharmD, BCGP - CEO
In our 2nd edition of our ‘CEO Minute' we delve into the legislative side of the pharmacy landscape and CSHP’s engagement to support the #PharmacyEvolution.
CSHP Endorses Recommendations to CMS for Advancement of Pharmacist Practice
I am proud to share CSHP’s endorsement along with multiple national and state pharmacy associations (view letter here) to support the advancement of pharmacy practice and allow pharmacists to practice at the top of our license.
We share CMS’ goals of reducing unnecessary barriers to access and we urge the agency to:
- Use inclusive provider language in rulemakings, programs, and policies to ensure pharmacist inclusion to support medication optimization and improve patient outcomes.
- Promote significant contributions of pharmacists to health outcomes of Medicare beneficiaries.
- Expand service models utilizing pharmacist-provided patient care services.
- Ensure pharmacists can engage in remote patient monitoring and other telehealth services.
Modeling the Way on HIV Prevention
Oregon has introduced a bill (House Bill 4116) to add pharmacists to the list of people who can test for HIV and prescribe PrEP. If passed, Oregon will be the second state in the country, following California, in which pharmacists can prescribe PrEP— a daily pill that greatly reduces a person’s risk of contracting HIV. The bill will also allow pharmacists to prescribe PEP, a course of drugs people can use after they have been exposed to HIV.
CSHP President, Lisa Gunther Lum, testifying at the CA Board of Pharmacy regarding SB 159
CSHP was a proud co-sponsor of Senator Weiner’s bill (Senate Bill 159) for which Oregon is modeling their legislation after. Passage of SB 159 wouldn’t have been possible without our engaged members who sent more than 500 support letters to their legislators or without the expert testimony provided at multiple BOP meetings by CSHP members such as; Lisa Gunther Lum, Steve Grey, James Scott, Don Kishi, Jerika Lam, Lynn Tashiro, and Keith Yoshizuka. The next step is developing and deploying PeP/PReP training that will qualify pharmacists to provide these medications in alignment with BOP’s soon to be released training requirement regulations.
Some may wonder what is the impact on California - despite PrEP’s effectiveness, fewer than 40,000 of the estimated 220,000 to 240,000 state residents who could use it are taking the medication according to the California Health Benefits Review Program.
CSHP and the CSHP Foundation, under the leadership of Don Kishi are dedicating their efforts to ensure there is broad access adoption across this state. Pharmacists are and will be vital members of strategic initiatives to end the transmission of the HIV virus.
Seriously, this is what it means to be a pharmacist with our only competitor being disease and we are going to beat this one working together.
Save the Date– March 18 - Revamped CA Pharmacy Legislative Day!
We are proud to announce a save-the-date for our upcoming California Pharmacy Legislative Day for Wednesday, March 18th, 2020! This year we are revamping the event, from your feedback, to allow for more participation and communication with our legislative officials and senior health policy leaders.
Alongside providing legislative appointments we will be offering a tour of the Capitol, interactive panel discussions, and ending the day networking with legislators over tapas Be sure to keep an eye out for more announcements - I can’t wait to see you there!
I thank you for your continued support of CSHP and for all that you do each and every day for your patients and the profession of pharmacy. We are stronger together as one profession, one voice.
Let us keep the pressure on to unleash the full power of pharmacy professionals to bend the health cost curve and improve patient outcomes.
Loriann De Martini, PharmD, BCGP
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