Monday, January 26, 2015

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108th Annual Convention  |  October 17 & 18, 2015  |  Stonewall Resort, Roanoke, WV


Your Membership Matters
Dear Colleague: 

The resources WVPA invests in making sure your voice is heard and your interests represented are significant. Advocacy for your profession requires an ongoing commitment and stakeholder investment.
Advocacy is the major responsibility of WVPA.   If you ask yourself whether or not what you are doing is at risk for obsolescence...then you need advocacy. If someone attempts to control what professional services you provide and what you are permitted to do with your profession and business practice...then you need advocacy. If you cannot identify 100 consumers of your services willing to go to the wall to ensure that you remain their provider...then you need advocacy. If your perception of quality services and positive outcomes is considered overrated by others...then you need advocacy. If you do not know who your state legislators or U. S. Congressman are...then you need advocacy. If you are just beginning your professional career...then you need advocacy. 
WVPA staff and elected officers attend to their advocacy responsibilities with the interest of your profession foremost. The resource fueling WVPA’s advocacy efforts is dependent upon membership. 
WVPA needs your membership to help assure continue advocacy for your profession. While our efforts are not always successful, WVPA has made – and will continue to make with your membership – tremendous strides and accomplishments in being pharmacy’s advocate. WVPA secured legislative authority allowing pharmacists to expand their scope of practice by administering certain immunizations. This expansion offers an opportunity to you to provider more health care services to your patients. 
As late as the 2012 Legislature, WVPA issued a “call to action” to pharmacists/members to defeat legislation that would have allowed insurance companies and PBMs to dispense 90-day supplies of medication from out-of-state mail order operations. Similar advocacy action was taken to prohibit insurance companies to require mail order of chronic medications. 
Earlier this year WVPA influenced the Legislature to “modernize” our Pharmacy Practice Act allowing you to provide health care services with the skills you attained through from your education and training. 
This accomplishment did not come easy as we had opponents to our legislative efforts. But wit the help of our members who contacted Senators and Delegates, we were successful.
A major provision in the new Act advancing our profession is medication therapy management (MTM). This is a professional services you can provide Medicare beneficiaries to improve their health and be paid by Part D plans I am very excited about this new opportunity for our profession, as I’m sure you are. The provisions of this new law are contained in House Bill 2577. 
We trust you can conclude from the above that your membership matters. Your being a member is imperative to WVPA continuing to advocate for our profession. Please continue your membership...or become a member if you currently are not one... and participate in our advocacy efforts. 
Your membership matters!
Thank you,

Krista Capehart, Pharm.D., MSPharm
News & Updates


Save the date - February 23, 2015 - and plan to attend "Pharmacy Day at the WV Legislature".  It is your opportunity to inform your elected officials of issues important to your profession and your pharmacy. This annual event is hosted by WV Pharmacists Association.




Criminal background check bill to be amended

WVPA was advised by the House of Delegates legal staff today that House Bill 2103 would be amended by requiring health care provider licensing boards to conduct criminal background checks of only applicants for licensure.  As reported by WVPA earlier this week, the Government Organization Committee approved the proposed legislation to include background checks of all current licensees as well a applicants for new license.  Pharmacists as well as other health care providers are included in the proposed law.  WVPA joined other organizations (physicians, osteopaths, dentists, nurses) as well as their licensing boards in opposing criminal background checks of current licensees in addition to applicants for new license.  


Umbrella board proposed for all health care boards

House Bill 2239 has been introduced creating a Board of Health Professions to provide consolidated administrative functions to all health regulatory boards (e.g., Board of Pharmacy) in order to create efficiencies and increase consistency while maintaining the decision-making authority and autonomy of each health regulatory board.  

This "umbrella board" would have an executive director, appointed by the Governor, who would have the following powers and duties: supervise and manage the board; perform or consolidate administrative services that would assist the operation of the health regulator boards; prepare, approve and submit all requests for appropriations and be responsible for all expenditures of all boards; provide offices for health regulatory boards to carry out their duties; employ personnel; to receive all complaints made against health care professionals; monitor status of actions taken under the auspices of the health regulatory boards regarding complaints until the closure of each case; provide investigative and such other services as needed by the health regulatory boards; and collect all fees to be paid each health regulatory board.

Among other responsibilities, the executive director and investigative personnel appointed by him or her shall enforce the statutes and rules pertaining to the board and health regulatory boards, and have the authority to investigate any violations of those statutes and rules. 

The Board of Health Professionals shall consist of one member selected from the membership of each health regulatory board and five lay members to be appointed by the Governor. 


Bill calls for expedient appointment of board vacancies

House Bill 2259 requires the Governor to make appointments within sixty (60) days of the date a vacancy occurs on a professional board.  The bill also provides that a person appointed to serve on a professional board is limited to eight years service.


Medicaid to secure authorization for managed care contracts

House bill 2260 prohibits the Department of Health and Human Resources and Medicaid from expanding the managed care population without authorization by the Legislature.  (Medicaid expansion resulted in over 144,000 people being added to the health benefit plan during 2014.)


MPLA hearing delayed

A hearing on House Bill 2006 scheduled for today was postponed by the House Judiciary Committee.  Referred to as the Medical Professional Liability Act (MPLA), the proposed law provides a mechanism to increase the limitation on civil damages in medical malpractice cases.  Supported by WVPA, the bill includes "pharmacists" in the definition of health care providers.  The Senate version of the MPLA legislation - Senate Bill 6 - will first be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee then sent to the House of Delegates.



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