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2017 Pharmacy Legislative Day

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association is hosting its annual Pharmacy Legislative Day in Harrisburg on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. The theme for the day is "Putting Patients First." Attend and talk with Pennsylvania’s representatives and senators about the issues that affect you and the patients you serve!

Pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy student are encouraged to attend and schedule appointments with their state legislators. PPA will provide background information and talking points on our issues, directions, Capitol Building maps, and much more. It is extremely important that you make an effort to attend!

Please contact PPA at ppa@papharmacists.com with any questions.

 

The 2017 Pharmacy Legislative Day is proudly sponsored by:

Diamond Sponsors

Independent Pharmacy Buying Group (IPBG)

Pharmacists Mutual

Rochester Drug Cooperative (RDC)

Platinum Sponsor Value Drug Company
Gold Sponsor Keystone Pharmacy Purchasing Alliance

 

Schedule for the Day

TIME EVENT LOCATION
8:00 AM Arrival and Registration East Wing Rotunda
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Continental Breakfast East Wing Rotunda
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM Student Displays and Health Screenings East Wing Rotunda
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM Legislative Appointments Various Locations
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pharmacy Rally / Press Conference Main Capitol Rotunda
2:45 PM Group Picture East Wing Rotunda

 

 

Tours of the Pennsylvania Capitol Building

 

This year PPA was unable to book large tours exclusively for our group. However, the Capitol Building is worth seeing. Take a 30-minute guided tour of "the handsomest building" President Theodore Roosevelt ever saw!

 

Capitol Tour Guides are available to point out the architectural and artistic highlights, and to make the Capitol's history come alive for you. Tours are offered every half hour from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM. Simply go to the Visitors Desk in the main rotunda to explore joining a tour.

 

 

Legislative Appointments 

We are continuing to schedule legislative appointments and update this list. Be sure to check back frequently to see if any information has changed. If you have made appointments, separate from those on this list, please let us know.

 

 

Issues

 

Opposition to the Proposed Cuts to Pharmacy Medicaid Reimbursement: CMS published its Final Outpatient Drug Rule in 2016 that requires state Medicaid programs to adjust their reimbursement methodologies to an acquisition cost-based benchmark by April 1, 2017. Since that time, DHS announced the proposal it plans to submit to CMS that includes adopting a payment methodology for ingredient cost based on NADAC and adopting a professional dispensing fee of $7. PPA is advocating against this proposed professional dispensing fee, which is among the lowest proposed in the country.

  

Opposition to the Proposed Cuts to Pharmacy PACE Reimbursement: Governor Wolf's 2017-2018 Executive Budget proposes slashing the PACE professional dispensing fee to pharmacies without changing the ingredient cost benchmark in the reimbursement formula back to what it was prior to the enactment of Act 169 of 2016. This is a stark contradiction to the act that Governor Wolf signed on November 21, 2016 and PPA is actively opposing this proposal. 

 

Support for Expanding Pharmacist-Provided Immunization Opportunities: PPA is advocating for a change in Pennsylvania law to permit pharmacists to provide all immunizations to patients nine years of age and older. 

 

Support for Medication Synchronization: Medication synchronization is when a pharmacist works with a patient to synchronize medication refills so that all of their medications can be picked up on the same day each month, instead of having to make multiple visits to the pharmacy. PPA is advocating for legislation that would permit this in Pennsylvania.

 

Support for Pharmacy Technician Registration: Pennsylvania is one of only five states that does not register or in some way regulate pharmacy technicians. PPA is supporting legislation that would provide for a basic registration along with a criminal history background check and a few other requirements.

 

 

Issue Briefings

Pharmacists

 

Students

 

 

Hotel Rooms

PPA has a limited number of rooms blocked at the Crowne Plaza Harrisburg for the night of Tuesday, April 18, 2017. The following rates have been negotiated:

  • Two Double Beds - $109/night
  • One Queen Bed - $119/night
  • One King Bed - $129/night

Reservations can be made online (click here and use Block Code PPP) or by calling 717-234-5021 and ask for the PA Pharmacists Association room block. Reservations must be made by Sunday, March 19, 2017.

 

 

Packets of Information

Attendees will receive one attendee packet upon arrival that will include all of the information you need to know about the issues including bill numbers, sponsors, and legislator committee assignments. The packets will also contain meeting feedback reporting sheets. Please complete a report on each of your legislative visits. 

You also will receive a legislator leave-behind packet for each meeting you attend. We will have one leave behind packet for each legislator. If you are going to a meeting as part of a group – please designate one person to be in charge of getting the leave behind from the registration desk. The legislator packet will contain Issue Briefs and other information. The packet is to be left behind for each legislator after your meeting.


 

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