TPA has three major initiatives to create opportunities for pharmacists to provide and be paid for patient care services:
TPA Brings Major Changes to the Landscape of Pharmacy in Texas,
Through the “Saving Lives” Initiative!
- HB 1550 - the new law allowing pharmacists to administer epinephrine, took effect on January 1st. The new law received tremendous media attention not only around the state but nationwide. Dr. Elly Baker, a pharmacist in East Texas, was the first reported instance of pharmacist using the new law to save a life. Since that time more and more pharmacists are becoming aware of the new law and using it to save lives.
- HB 1462 - allowed authorized medical personnel to prescribe the opioid antagonist Naloxone either directly to a third-party patient (not necessarily the end-user) or through a standing order and pharmacists to dispense to a third-party.
Innovative Practice Development
- Pharmacist Services Referral Network
- Service Delivery Networks
- Community Based – local pharmacists
- Services to be contracted with local self-insured employers, hospitals, other payers
- Pharmacists will be paid to resolve patients’ medication problems. Approximately 40% of all drug therapy problems are adherence related. Who better than a pharmacist to solve these?
- Patients can obtain their prescriptions from any pharmacy. Services are independent from where the medication is purchased. Pharmacists will be paid to make sure the medication works and medication therapy problems are minimized
- Creates a virtual network of pharmacists that provide consistent, targeted solutions with a primary focus on medication reconciliation and adherence Support technology being developed now.
Saving Lives Initiative
Innovative Practice Development Initiative
Effective Practice Environment Initiative
Enhanced Services Network
Northeast Texas Hypertension Adherence Program (NETHAP)
Medicaid MTM Pilot (Archive)