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MAC Pricing and Immunization Bills Passes Committees, UF Wins FPPC Challenge and more

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Michael Jackson, BPharm
Executive Vice President,
CEO and Editor
 
 

March 11, 201

In This Issue

MAC Pricing Bill Passes House Committee

Pharmacist Immunization Bills Pass First House and Senate Committees

University of Florida Pharmacy Students Win FPPC Challenge

Volunteer Pharmacists and Pharmacy Students Visit Florida Capitol

Provider Status Cosponsors Growing

Future FPA Programs and Conferences



FPA Law Conference
April 18-19, 2015
Tampa Airport Marriott
4200 George J. Bean Parkway
Tampa, Florida 33607


FPA Law and Clinical Conference
May 16-17, 2015
Jacksonville Marriott
4670 Salisbury Road
Jacksonville, Florida 32256


125th Annual Meeting and Convention
June 24 - 28, 2015
Renaissance Resort at
World Golf Village
500 South Legacy Trail
St Augustine  Florida  32092


32nd Annual Southeastern Gatherin
August 2-5, 2015
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
9300 Emerald Coast Parkway W
Destin, Florida 32550


FPA Law and Regulatory Conference
September 12-13, 2015
Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty Six
2301 SE 17th Street Causeway
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33316


FPA Midyear Clinical Conference
FPA Nuclear Conference
October 17-18, 2015
Embassy Suites
Lake Buena Vista South
4955 Kyngs Heath Road
Kissimmee, Florida 34746


FPA Law and Regulatory Conference
Hyatt Regency Sarasota
1000 Blvd of the Arts
Sarasota, Florida 34236


MAC Pricing Bill Passes House Committee

On Tuesday March 10, 2015, House bill 555 (Regulation of MAC pricing) sponsored by Representative Gaetz and cosponsored by Rep. Drake was found favorable in the Health Innovation Subcommittee. The bill (as amended) passed with two opposing votes. Several independent pharmacy providers and representatives spoke during the hearing, sharing their stories about how current pharmacy benefit managers' (PBMs) maximum allowable cost (MAC) pricing negatively impacts pharmacy businesses. The Senate version of this bill (SB 860) has been referred to the Committee on Banking and Insurance, while the next stop for the House version (HB 555) will be the House Insurance and Banking Subcommittee. As of now, a committee hearing date has not been scheduled for either of these bills.

The original version of HB555 required PBMs to ensure that prescription drugs meet certain stipulations to be placed on MAC pricing lists. It also required PBMs to disclose certain information about how they set up their MAC pricing to allow for transparency. PBMs would have been required to use drugs that are available for purchase in the state when setting the MAC price reimbursements. Lastly, it would have allowed pharmacies to file an appeal against the PBMs if they were unable to attain the drug at the indicated MAC cost. FPA currently supports both the House and Senate versions of this bill.

We ask you to reach out to members of both committees below and ask for their support for these bills to ensure fair compensation for pharmacies as we strive to achieve optimum patient care.

House Insurance and Banking Subcommittee Members
(HB 555)
TALKING POINTS

John Wood

850-717-5041

Bill Hager

850-717-5089

Dwayne Taylor

850-717-5026

Ben Albritton

850-717-5056

Bobby Dubose

850-717-5094

Jay Fant

850-717-5015

Tom Goodson

850-717-5050

Evan Jenne

850-717-5099

Larry Lee

850-717-5084

Kathleen Passidomo

850-717-5106

Scott Plakon

850-717-5029

David Santiago

850-717-5027

John Tobia

850-717-5053

Senate Committee on Banking and Insurance
(SB 860)
TALKING POINTS

Lizbeth Benacquisto

850-487-5030

Garrett Richter

850-487-5023

Jeff Clemens

850-487-2027

Nancy Detert

850-487-5028

Dorothy Hukill

850-487-5008

Tom Lee

850-487-5024

Gwen Margolis

850-487-5035

Bill Montford

850-487-5003

Joe Negron

850-487-5032

David Simmons

850-487-5010

Christopher Smith

850-487-5031


Pharmacist Immunization Bills Pass First House and Senate Committees

On Tuesday March 10, 2015, HB 279 and SB 792 on Pharmacist Immunization Services were heard in the House Health Innovation Subcommittee and the Senate Committee on Health Policy respectively. Student pharmacists and pharmacists showed their support by creating a large white coat presence in both hearings. In the House Health Innovation Subcommittee hearing, HB 279 passed by a vote of 11 to 1 with the amendments that the new CDC vaccination 2015 guidelines must be followed, and that interns must be under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist when administering a vaccine. In the Senate Committee on Health Policy, SB 792 passed unanimously with the amendment that interns must be under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist when administering a vaccine. A second amendment was that the ratio of pharmacists to interns must be 1 to 1 with respect to vaccine administration. The Florida Pharmacy Association fully supports these bills as amended. The next stop for HB 279 is the House Health and Human Services Committee. The next stop for SB 792 will be the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. As of now a committee hearing date has not been scheduled for either of these bills.

Contact the members of the House Health and Human Services Committee to urge them to support HB 279 to expand patient access to immunizations!  TALKING POINTS

House Health and Human Services Committee
HB 279
Chair: Jason Brodeur   
 (850) 717-5028
Vice Chair: Ronald “Doc” Renuart 
(850) 717-5017
Mia L. Jones

 (850) 717-5014

Bryan Avila
 (850) 717-5111
Lori Berman
(850) 717-5090
 Colleen Burton (850) 717-5040
Gwyndolen “Gwyn” Clarke-Reed

 (850) 717-5092

Fred Costello
(850) 717-5025
Janet Cruz
 (850) 717-5062
Travis W. Cummings 
(850) 717-5018
Katie A. Edwards 

 (850) 717-5098

Gayle B. Harrell
 (850) 717-5083
Shevrin D. “Shev” Jones
 (850) 717-5101
MaryLynn “ML” Magar
(850) 717-5082
Cary Pigman
Bill Sponsor
Kenneth L. “Ken” Roberson
 (850) 717-5075
Chris Sprowls
(850) 717-5065
Jay Trumbull
 (850) 717-5006

Contact the members of the Senate Health Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services to urge them to support SB 792 to expand patient access to immunizations!
TALKING POINTS

Senate Health Appropriations
Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
SB 792

Chair: Rene Garcia 
Bill Supporter 
Vice Chair: Christopher L. Smith 
(850) 487-5031
Joseph Abruzzo
(850) 487-5025
Aaron Bean 
Bill Sponsor
Lizbeth Benacquisto
 (850) 487-5030
Denise Grimsley
 (850) 487-5021
Garrett Richter
(850) 487-5023
 Eleanor Sobel
(850) 487-5033


Winner 2015 FPA Student Leadership Scholarship

Matthew Schneller (photo with FPA Chairman of the Board Terry Gubbins) receives the 2015 FPA Student Leadership Scholarship. This prestigious award recognizes Matt’s volunteer work with FPA, involvement in school and community activities and his demonstrated sense of passion to the profession.

Matthew is a third year student pharmacist at the University of South Florida. Raised in Wisconsin, he moved to Tampa to attend pharmacy school and to live in a large city with an underserved population in health care. He regularly volunteers his time at Bridge, which is a free clinic, educating and counseling patients on drug related issues.  Matt plans to combine his passions for pharmacy and politics in the future and hopes to become a lobbyist where he can advocate for quality healthcare.

University of Florida Pharmacy Students Win FPPC Challenge

For the second year, students from our state’s pharmacy schools have been proactive in supporting the work of our political committee.  The Florida Pharmacist Political Committee Board of Directors include Mark Hobbs as Chair, Theresa Tolle as Treasurer, Kim Jones as Vice Chair, with board members Thomas Cuomo, Humberto Martinez, Preston McDonald, Ken Wisniewski, and student member Ashley Huff.  Last fall each campus was challenged to help raise funds to build the FPA political committee war chest.  Participating schools include PBA (2nd place), FAMU (3rd place), LECOM (4th place) and USF (5th place).  This year’s winner are the student advocates from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy.  Congratulations UF.

 Student Florida Pharmacist
Political Committee Challenge
     
Jason Hoffmann
UF

FPPC Challenge
Winner

Chip Wight
PBA

Ogenna Omenugha
FAMU
  Presentations
by
Ashley Huff
FPPC Student
Board Member

 
 Kaylee Toole
LECOM

   Jerica Singleton
USF

Volunteer Pharmacists and Pharmacy Students Visit Florida Capitol


Over 400 pharmacy students and pharmacists from all over Florida visited the Capitol to participate in a health fair event and legislative day rally.  Activities included visits into the House chamber, the old Capitol museum as well as attending hearings on 3 pharmacy bills scheduled on Tuesday.  A briefing session took place on the campus of Florida A&M University where participants were welcomed by Dr. Thomas Fitzgerald, Professor and Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the College of Pharmacy.  The FPA extends sincere thanks to the administration, faculty, and staff of FAMU for hosting both the Pizza and Policy gathering and the legislative briefing sessions.

Provider Status Cosponsors Growing

H.R. 592 titled the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act was filed to recognize pharmacists as health care providers.  This legislation filed in Congress has picked up 68 cosponsors in the Congressional House of Representatives.  Illinois has 8 cosponsors, followed by California with 7, Georgia and Ohio with 5, followed by Florida and Minnesota with 4 each.  Florida’s cosponsors include Representative Alcee Hastings, Representative David W. Jolly, Representative Dennis Ross, and Representative Patrick Murphy.  The Senate version has 8 cosponsors but neither Senator Nelson nor Senator Rubio has signed on yet.  Members are regularly reaching out to Congress asking for their support for this important legislation.  If you have not sent in your message to your Congressman please do so now.  If you have sent your message we recommend that you call your Congressman’s office and discuss this issue with either your Representative or their health care aid.


Florida Pharmacy Association
610 North Adams Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
www.PharmView.com

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