June 23, 2017

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85th Texas Legislative Session
Get the latest on Physician Dispensing, NADAC, PBM Legislation and Medicaid Formulary! To learn more, please watch a brief video below of Justin Hudman, TPA’s Division Director of Public Affairs TPA’s legislative priorities and updates.

For months we've talked about legislation and ultimately our wins and our losses. A lot of our ability to be effective at the Texas Capitol has to do with the strength of PharmPAC. Learn how you can make a contribution today to the PharmPAC 10-10-10 Campaign or join us and Leticia Van De Putte on July 9th at 7 am at the TPA Conference in San Antonio.

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State News

Pharmacy and the Law
Cybersecurity continues to make the news and to be a source of concern for all business owners. The recent WannaCry ransomware attack affected companies and governments in more than 150 countries. Data breaches and cyberattacks also occur in healthcare. In Rhode Island, the car of an employee of the state’s largest health network was broken into and a laptop was stolen. The laptop contained sensitive information on about 20,000... {More}

DWC Notice of Compound Drug Informal Rule Posting
Workers’ Comp Compounders: The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC) Needs to Hear From You!

TDI-DWC is seeking comments on an informal working draft that will require that all prescriptions compounded for workers’ comp receive a prior authorization before being filled.

This is a slippery slope for how compounded medications will be handled. Let them know what this could mean for your patients and your pharmacy.

Important points you can mention :

• Limits appropriate and timely access to care for injured employees, which means more time off work for those patients;
• establishes significant administrative burdens for pharmacy;
• aims to profit pharmacy benefit managers, not improve healthcare.

See the official request from TDI-DWC below:

The is accepting comments on an informal working draft of amended 28 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §§ 134.500, 134.530, and 134.540, available at http://www.tdi.texas.gov/wc/rules/documents/drcompnd0616.pdf . The informal working draft will be posted on the TDI-DWC website on June 16, 2017 and the comment period closes on July 7, 2017, at 5 p.m., Central time.
The informal working draft is not a formal rule proposal and comments received will not be treated as formal public comments for the purposes of the Administrative Procedure Act. There will be an opportunity to formally comment once the rule is proposed and published in the Texas Register. Informal comments may be submitted by email to

InformalRuleComments@tdi.texas.gov or by mail or delivery to:
Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation
Maria Jimenez
Office of General Counsel MS – 15
7551 Metro Center Drive, Suite 100
Austin, Texas 78744 – 1645
If you have any questions please contact Jeff Nelson at 512-804-4405 or Jeff.Nelson@tdi.texas.gov, or Taryn Stoneking at 512-804-4416 or Taryn.Stoneking@tdi.texas.gov.

Congratulations to Oregon
Congratulations to Oregon as they join the list of states gaining prescriptive authority. As healthcare delivery continues to drastically evolve and change around the country, so must the points of care. This last session, TPA sought to add Texas to that list with the filing of House Bill 2444 “Enhanced Patient Access to Services” which sought to give pharmacist the authority to furnish non-diagnostic medications, those that would be based on the results of a positive C.L.I.A. Waived test and to force payors to pay pharmacists for the services you provide. Though TPA met significant opposition from the Texas Medical Association (which holds the title as the country’s largest state medical society with nearly 50,000 members) we now have our eyes set on next session. Texas can add our name to this list, but to do that we need you! We need you to help us spread the word to your patients, your communities and to your elected officials, that pharmacist are the medication experts and should be authorized by the Texas Legislature to play an enhanced role in the delivery of healthcare in Texas. {More about Oregon}

Association News


Welcome our new CEO!
In culmination of a nationwide search, the Texas Pharmacy Association is pleased to announce the selection of its new Chief Executive Officer, Debbie (Baggett) Garza, R.Ph. effective August 1, 2017.
“TPA cast a wide net to find the association’s next CEO,” said President Mary Klein. “We are gratified to be able to turn to one of our own Texas pharmacists to lead us into the future.”
{Learn More about Debbie}


Increase your vaccination business bottom line
Reserve your free seat at conference HERE.

Learn how Vaxigo delivers an interoperable solution for Patients, Physicians, Pharmacists, and Nurses to digitally collaborate. This not only aids in the reduction of over-vaccinations and reduces vaccine-preventable diseases, it helps you more Effectively manage your staff, control your inventory and deliver world-class service.

Reserve your free seat at conference HERE.
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Monthly Free Member CE:

Stress Management Skills for Pharmacy Practice

This activity will introduce pharmacists to evidence-based approaches for managing stress. Attendees will practice mind-body skills known to short-circuit the “fright, fight, or flight” response to stressful situations. Attendees also will learn cognitive practices for changing their thinking about potentially stressful situations. Attendees will leave with a personal toolkit of strategies for controlling the amount of stress they experience both in and out of the workplace. More

Come Join Leticia Van De Putte
At This Year’s PharmPAC Breakfast

July 9th at 7am
San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter
101 Bowie Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205
United States

We all know and love Leticia as our Pharmacist Legislator!

Leticia graduated from the University of Texas College of Pharmacy in 1979.
Upon graduation, she worked for her grandfather's pharmacy before buying her own business in the Loma Park area of San Antonio.
In 1990 she was elected to the Texas House of Representatives, where she served till running for the Texas Senate where she served from 1999-2015.

Leticia will share her story and discuss why pharmacists being politically involved through advocacy and PharmPAC is so vital to the long-term viability of Pharmacy.

Register for the breakfast here!

Space is limited!

Have you registered for Conference & Expo?

Hotel Block Ends June 7th!
Register Now!

New for 2017: LOWER Registration Rates
Free Night to Enjoy San Antonio

Silent Auction

TPA Educational Opportunities
TPA offers other education programs on a wide range of topics. For information on all of TPA’s upcoming educational events, visit the TPA Event Calendar & Online CE Calendar

Identity Theft Resolution Services - Manage your identity with identity theft resolution – a service for those with Pharmacists Mutual homeowner coverage that provides assistance with a potential email or social media compromise, phish assist, device compromise, breach assist, and assisted living fraud support. Consultation with a Fraud specialist included. Contact Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company.

Texas Pharmacy Association
Carol Reagan, Interim Executive Director, TPA • 512.615.9170