COVID-19 BULLETIN BOARD

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Hawaii-specific Legislation: (ongoing)

Topic Brief Description Last Updated
State released draft plan Click here

11/2020

Free PPE for Small Businesses and Non-profits Starting August, 26, 2020, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) has opened an opportunity for non-profit organizations and small businesses to obtain PPE equipment free of charge. To qualify, businesses must have fewer than 100 employees (pre-COVID). There is no restriction of size of non-profits.

9/2020-11/15/2020

Pharmacists administering COVID-19 tests Pharmacists and pharmacy interns, under the direct supervision of a pharmacist, to administer COVID-19 tests as long as they are following all appropriate guidelines. Employers should refer to DHHS 20-02 for further guidance regarding staff education/training.  8/20/20

 

 

National Legislation: (ongoing)

Topic Brief Description Last Updated
Amazon Prescription Delivery

Amazon is entering the pharmacy business with a new offering called Amazon Pharmacy, allowing customers in the United States to order prescription medications for home delivery, including free delivery for Amazon Prime members.

Amazon currently does not have licensure to access pharmacy services in Hawaii, but it is expected in the future. 

11/2020
Increased Access to Future COVID-19 Vaccines

Independent pharmacies and regional chains will also be part of the federal pharmacy program, further increasing access to the COVID-19 vaccine across the country. 

11/2020
COVID-19 vaccine-specific CPT codes

AMA published an update to the CPT-code set that includes new vaccine-specific codes to report immunizations for the novel coronavirus (SARS-COV-2). 

11/2020
Forth COVID-19 Interim Final Rule

Press Release Summary (issued 10/28/2020)

  • CMS removes administrative barriers to eliminate potential delays to patient access to a lifesaving vaccine. 
  • Any FDA or EUA COVID-19 vaccine will be covered.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine will be free for patients and providers. Providers will be paid an establishment fee for administration for Medicare patients, and a "reasonable" administration fee is suggested for Medicaid and commercial plans. 
  • If a patient is enrolled in a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan, the COVID-19 vaccine provider should bill Medicare Part B. 
  • Additional information on how to fill for uninsured patients through HRSA will be forthcoming.
  • Pharmacies providing COVID-19 vaccine to Medicare patients must be an enrolled Medicare provider or as mass immunizer with Medicare. Enrollment link
  • Toolkit for state Medicaid, providers, and others
  • Nursing Home Resource
  • CMS COVID-19 Office Hours Calls (twice a month on Tuesdays from 5-6PM EST or 12-1PM HST). Information here.
11/2020
Operation Warp Speed

What's Operation Warp Speed. Click here to learn more.

10/2020
Expanded Access to COVID-19 Vaccines & Tests

HHS issued guidance-PDF under the PREP Act authorizing qualified pharmacy technicians and State-authorized pharmacy interns to administer childhood vaccines, COVID-19 vaccines when made available, and COVID-19 tests, all subject to several requirements. 

10/2020
Well-Child Test tools provided by APHA, NASPA, NCPA

Well-Child Visit Brochure

Template Referral Form Well-Child Visit

Well-Child Checkup Letter

9/2020
Administration Action to Expand Access to Vaccines

Guidance for Licensed Pharmacists and Pharmacy Interns Regarding COVID-19 Vaccines and Immunity under the PREP Act

9/2020
COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Discussion

**TIME SENSITIVE**

Public Listening Session 9/2/2020 - visit the website to register!

Written Comment Period for Discussion Draft - 9/1/2020 - 9/4/2020

9/2020-9/4/2020
Adovate for Provider Status

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9/2020
CARES ACT 2020

On Aug. 8, 2020, President Trump directed the Secretary to continue to suspend loan payments, stop collections, and waive interest on ED-held student loans until Dec. 31, 2020.

8/2020
Access to Childhood Vaccines

HHS expanded access to childhood vaccinations during the COVID-19 pandemic. After appropriate training, the pharmacist and pharmacy intern, under direct supervision of a pharmacist, is authorized to order and administer vaccines to ages 3-18 years old. Further requirements is explained in the amendment.

8/2020
Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition

ASHP announced Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition will transition to a virtual platform on December 6-10, 2020. Visit their website for more information.

8/2020
COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance Authorization for Licensed Pharmacists to Order and Administer COVID-19 Vaccines under the PREP Act  6/20/20
COVID-19 Testing Form Pharmacies will need a CLIA Waiver to participate in testing. Fill out a form and mail it in to your state.   4/2020
HEROES Act of 2020 

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians added to HEROES Act 

H.R.6800 - Emergency supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2020.

 4/2020

 

 

CE Opportunities:

TRC COVID-19 Resource Hub - FREE

 

Resources:

Hawaii Board of Pharmacy Website - for updates on online applications, examination status/closures, contains material for MPJE

Hawai‘i DOH Website

City of Honolulu Website

CDC Website 

WHO Website 

ASHP Website 

HMSA Website

UW Medicine COVID-19 Resource Site

Johns Hopkins Interactive Map

VaccineFinder

MedFinder

Clinical trials

COVID-19 Vaccine Development

 


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