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More Texas Laws Affecting Pharmacy Take Effect January 1

Friday, December 20, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brian Sparks
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New Laws Affecting Texas Pharmacy Take Effect Sept 1, 2019

Although many bills passed by the 2019 Texas Legislature took effect in September, some laws that affect pharmacists and pharmacies will take effect January 1. Make sure you are aware of the following new laws and how they will affect your practice:

Payment for Pharmacist Services

House Bill 3441 amends the Insurance Code for commercial health plans in Texas. Pharmacists may now be part of provider networks and be reimbursed for pharmacist-provided services within the pharmacist’s scope of practice. Types of services that may be covered include: medication management; administering CLIA-waived tests like those for flu, cholesterol, and blood glucose testing; chronic disease management, like diabetes self-management; and other patient education programs.

Pharmacists Recognized as a Practitioner

House Bill 1757 amends the Insurance Code for commercial health plans so that pharmacists may now be in provider networks and be reimbursed for services within their scope of practice. By being listed as a practitioner, an insurer may not discriminate against pharmacists for payment or reimbursement for services performed in the scope of that pharmacist’s license if the same services or procedures are provided and covered by another listed health care practitioner.

Safe Disposal of Schedule II Controlled Substances

House Bill 2088 requires pharmacists who dispense Schedule II controlled substances that do not have a way for patients to return or dispose of these medications must provide a written notice of where the medications may be disposed. The Texas State Board of Pharmacy will adopt rules with details for the written notice that must include information on the locations where the Schedule II controlled substance prescription drugs are accepted for safe disposal or an internet address that helps locate these disposal locations. Such rules were proposed in November and are expected to be adopted in February.

Pharmacy Financial Disclosure & Surety Bond Requirements

House Bill 3496 requires applicants who apply for a pharmacy license to disclose financial information on pharmacy ownership. This bill pertains to financial disclosure by independent pharmacies and updates the Texas State Board of Pharmacy application process and oversight of pharmacies in Texas to deter fraudulent operations. Applicable pharmacies applying for a license will now be required to disclose ownership information. Pharmacies investigated for engaging in improper activity may be required to pay up to a $25,000 surety bond.

Property Tax Reform

Senate Bill 2 requires cities, counties, and other taxing units to receive voter approval before levying 3.5% more property tax revenue than the previous year.

Learn More!

TPA's complete online legislative wrapup offers a full list of which bills passed, which bills failed, and which bills TPA helped to defeat. It also provides effective dates and a detailed explanation of what the legislation means for pharmacy.

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