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On Oct. 20, 2016, Senate Bill 1151 was introduced in the Michigan Senate and referred to the Senate Committee on Insurance. This bi-partisan legislation introduced by Senators Tonya Schuitmaker (R-Lawton) and David Knezek (D-Dearborn Heights) creates the regulatory framework for Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) for the first time in the State of Michigan. The bill addresses PBM transparency, pharm...

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by Prabah Vogel, Pharm.D., pharmacy manager, Henry Ford Hospital, Royal Oak Drug Waste Billing (i.e. JW modifier): Effective Jan. 1, 2017 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is revising its policy to require that Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) uniformly utilize the JW modifier for all claims with discarded Part B drugs and biologicals. Use the modifier JW to identi...

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Last week, legislation was presented to Governor Rick Snyder regarding Public Act 307 and 308 which removes the age cap from legislation signed earlier this year for those who call 911 in an overdose situation. This is another strategy that other states have adopted to fight the prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic. Specifically, this would allow for any individual to call 911 when they wit...

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The Bureau of Professional Licensing (BPL) within the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has partnered with the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) to conduct a survey of pharmacies. The purpose of this is to determine the scope of pharmaceutical services provided by licensed pharmacies located in Michigan. Please note that this is different from the Cost ...

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As a reminder, MCL 333.7321(2) of the Michigan Public Health Code and Michigan Board of Pharmacy Rule 338.3152(1) requires licensees who manufacture, distribute, prescribe or dispense controlled substances do the following: Complete an inventory of all controlled substances in possession or control of the licensee at the time of the inventory on an annual basis in accordance with the requir...

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