Click on the links below for government websites which contain laws, regulations, procedures and information pertinent to pharmacy practice.
Letter From Physician General
Free Lookup Tools Related To Licensure
On June 26, Governor Tom Wolf signed Act 8 into law with an effective date of 60 days thereafter. On August 25, the law went into effect. Immunizing pharmacists can begin providing these immunizations immediately after the effective date as long as following all other applicable regulations and procedures and the new requirements listed below. (Make sure your protocol is updated!) For more information click here.
Beginning January 31, 2015 - all applicants for a new/initial PA pharmacist license (includes intern license), (as well as all healthcare license) are required to complete a three hour training around child abuse and reporting requirements.
Please click here to access a free course that has been approved by the PA Department of Human Services and Department of State to meet mandated reporting (Act 31) license requirements.
Renewals will also need to fulfill a two hour training program prior to next license renewal (9/30/2016)
A list of courses available and providers is available by clicking here. These courses are all approved and will count.
Click here for more information
PPA is providing an online webinar to meet these requirements!
Register for the August 16 webinar
Finally after many years of waiting – since 2010 – Collaborative Practice for pharmacists in any practice setting is permitted. The Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) voted to approve the final form of the regulation on July 9 and with its publication in the PA Bulletin, at the end of August 2015, the Act and its regulations are final and pharmacists can now expand their practice under this guidance. Click here for a short summary of the Act and regulations.
In accordance with the federal Affordable Care Act, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) must re-validate all providers at least every five years; therefore, DHS is requesting providers that enrolled on or before March 25, 2011, to submit their enrollment applications now. Providers will need to revalidate their enrollment information, for every service location, by completing a new enrollment application to meet the March 24, 2016, deadline.
The deadline is rapidly approaching for Medical Assistance provider enrollment/revalidation and we have not yet heard from many of you.
1. You will NOT get paid if you are not enrolled/revalidated.
2. Payments cannot be made retroactively.
3. If we do not receive your application by July 30, 2016, you will not receive payments beginning September 25!
to check the status of your application or apply online today.
DHS is anticipating a high volume of applications and in order to ensure that your application is processed timely, please submit your revalidation application as soon as possible. This will prevent any interruption in your participation with DHS or our partnered managed care plans.
The following links on the DHS website provide helpful information:
1. DHS Provider Enrollment and Screening Requirements of the Affordable Care Act
2. DHS enrollment/revalidation applications and instructions
You may have already revalidated and DHS encourages providers to check the MA Enrolled Provider Portal Lookup Function to determine your revalidation date. All provider letters and portal login screens contain your next revalidation due date. Look for changes on the provider portal for each 13-digit logon to check your service location (s).
Please circulate this information with your provider membership to ensure continued enrollment in the Medical Assistance program.
Pennsylvania has passed legislation authorizing the use of certain forms of marijuana for the treatment of certain disease states. The PA Dept of Health is charged with developing enabling regulations. PPA's attorney, Steven Grubb, of Goldberg Katzman has authored an article about the law.
Click here to access his report.
Another resource for information on medical cannabis.
Click here for this link.
Marijuana and Cannabinoids: A Neuroscience Research Summit - March 22-23, 2016
Click here for this summary.