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APA Advocate - March 1, 2018

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March 1, 2018


Pharmacy Audit Bill ...

SB348/HB457, introduced this week, adds language to the current pharmacy audit law as follows:

1.    Auditors can currently recoup the entire amount of claim, not just the amount overpaid. With this bill, only the amount of the overpayment can be recouped.

2.    Auditors can currently request an unlimited number of claims for an audit. With this bill, the auditor cannot request more than 150 claims.

3.    Auditors can use an extrapolation of claims to calculate penalties, meaning that auditors don’t have to review every claim. With this bill, that practice is prohibited.

4.    Some auditing companies compensate their employees on a percentage of the recouped amount. Under this bill, that practice is prohibited.

APA strongly supports this bill and is working with APCI for its passage. We will continue to keep you updated on any actions needed by you. Both bills have been referred to the respective Health Committees. The Senate bill, sponsored by Senator Billy Beasley, is co-sponsored by McClendon, Allen, Dial, Holley, Stutts, Melson, Singleton, Dunn, Coleman-Madison and Smitherman. Representative Elaine Beech has sponsored the House version.

PDMP Bill Signed into Law ...

SB200/HB270 has been signed into law by Governor Ivey this week and has been assigned Act No. 2018-146. This bill amends the PDMP statute to create a review committee that may approve the release or publication of de-identified aggregate statewide and regional health information for statistical, research, or educational purposes.  This new law resulted from Governor Ivey's Opioid Council.

SB312/HB388 Military Professional Licensing Bill ...

A bill was introduced in both the House and Senate (SB312/HB388) that allows for expedited licensure for family members of active duty military. The bill also waives initial fees, background checks, and a 180 day temporary license. APA has worked with the bill sponsors to amend the language to exclude Pharmacy.

Bills to Watch ...

Rep. England's bill (HB232) which adds the words “dispense and prescribe” to the definition of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance; Senator Whatley's bill (SB259) rescheduling of controlled substances; and Representative Pringle's bill (HB196) Controlled substance and manslaughter; have all been tied up in committee or amended to protect pharmacists from unintentional consequences. We continue to monitor all three of these bills and will keep you informed if the start to move.

PAC A Punch! Support the APA PAC

The APA PAC is a non-partisan political organization established in 1988. Its purpose is to support the nomination or election of a candidate or to promote or defeat a ballot question. It's a state PAC fund and its donations are limited to state offices/campaigns.


The PAC Board oversees the fund and its disbursements. Campaign contributions are made to candidates who are "pharmacy friendly," including those who have supported pharmacy initiatives in the past. Individual and corporate donations are accepted and can be made by cash, check, or credit card. Recurring payments on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis are also accepted. You can either call the APA office at 334-271-4222 or visit the donation page on APA's website. Under Alabama law, an individual or corporation may contribute unlimited amounts to the APA PAC.


Help Us Grow Our Legislative Roots Deep with the APA Legislative Tree .....

One of the most powerful tools in APA’s political toolbelt, is a member who either has a connection to a legislator, or a member who is willing to contact their legislator. It’s as simple as that. Elected officials don’t necessarily want to hear about pharmacy’s position on issues from APA staff – they want to hear from their constituents; from those in their district who can tell them how it will impact the citizens they serve.

To accomplish this, APA has a legislative tree – a listing of members who have key relationships with delegates. You may know them from church, or school, or maybe you are their pharmacist…or maybe you don’t know them at all, but you are willing to reach out if asked.

On the fence? Those who sign up to participate in the tree may be asked to contact their legislator either by email, phone call, or a visit if possible. Sometimes we ask members to meet with a legislator to deliver a campaign contribution from the APA PAC, and sometimes we just need a name to mention when lobbying them on an issue.

If you aren’t already part of our legislative tree, download this printable form, or call the office at 334-271-4222.

That’s all it takes and it can make all the difference.


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