Senate File 123 - IntroducedA Bill ForAn Act 1relating to collaborative pharmacy practice allowing
2pharmacists to provide patient care and drug therapy
3management services.
4BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:
1   Section 1.  NEW SECTION.  155A.47  Collaborative pharmacy
2practice — agreements — payment.
   31.  For the purposes of this section:
   4a.  “Collaborative pharmacy practice” means a practice of
5pharmacy whereby a pharmacist provides patient care and drug
6therapy management services, not otherwise permitted to be
7performed by a pharmacist, to patients under a collaborative
8pharmacy practice agreement.
   9b.  “Collaborative pharmacy practice agreement” means a
10written agreement between one or more pharmacists and one or
11more practitioners that provides for a collaborative pharmacy
12practice and defines the nature, scope, conditions, and
13limitations of the patient care and drug therapy management
14services to be provided by a pharmacist in order to ensure that
15a patient achieves the desired outcomes.
   16c.  “Health benefit plan” means the same as defined in
17section 514J.102.
   18d.  “Health carrier” means the same as defined in section
19514J.102.
   202.  Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, a
21pharmacist may engage in a collaborative pharmacy practice, in
22accordance with rules adopted by the board pursuant to chapter
2317A and under a collaborative pharmacy practice agreement, to
24provide patient care and drug therapy management services to
25a patient including but not limited to a patient following a
26behavioral health diagnosis by a practitioner.
   273.  Notwithstanding any provision of a health benefit plan
28to the contrary, whenever a health benefit plan provides for
29payment or reimbursement for a service that is within the
30lawful scope of practice of a practitioner or pharmacist
31and the service is provided by a pharmacist pursuant to a
32collaborative pharmacy practice agreement under this section,
33the health carrier may provide payment or reimbursement for the
34service.
35EXPLANATION
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1The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with
2the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly.
   3This bill allows a pharmacist to engage in a collaborative
4pharmacy practice, in accordance with administrative rules
5adopted by the board of pharmacy and under a collaborative
6pharmacy practice agreement, to provide patient care and drug
7therapy management services to a patient including a patient
8following a behavioral health diagnosis by a practitioner.
9The bill also provides that if a health benefit plan provides
10for payment or reimbursement for a service that is within
11the lawful scope of practice of a practitioner or pharmacist
12and the service is provided by a pharmacist pursuant to a
13collaborative pharmacy practice agreement, the health carrier
14may provide payment or reimbursement for the service. The bill
15provides definitions used in the bill including “collaborative
16pharmacy practice” and “collaborative pharmacy practice
17agreement”.
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