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January 19, 2017
MEDICAID PHARMACIST PRESCRIBING
CMS tells states they should be flexible in facilitating access to drug therapy by recognizing the expanded scope of pharmacists
On January 17, the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) within CMS, announced to states that in CMCS’ view, they have “flexibilities” to “facilitate timely access to specific drugs by expanding the scope of practice and services that can be provided by pharmacists, including dispensing drugs based on their own independently initiated prescriptions, collaborative practice agreements ... ‘standing orders’ issued by the state, or other predetermined protocols” for Medicaid beneficiaries.
The announcement cites naloxone distribution, tobacco cessation therapy, immunizations, and emergency contraception as examples of options that states could choose to pay for when delivered by pharmacists to Medicaid beneficiaries. [USDHHS, CMS, CMCS. State flexibility to facilitate timely access to drug therapy by expanding the scope of pharmacy practice using collaborative practice agreements, standing orders, or other predetermined protocols. CMCS Informational Bulletin 2017 Jan 17; http://bit.ly/2iT32GW]
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