LRAC Activity Summary

Posted: August 26, 2020

Hello OSHP Members,

OSHP continues to advocate for health-system pharmacist and technicians during this difficult time.  Policy makers and legislators are willing to entertain many proposals for enhanced roles for pharmacists in relation to both COVID-19 and general delivery of health care.  Some key issues that are currently being followed by the Legal and Regulatory Committee on your behalf include:

REALD requirement for providers

The emergency session passed a law requiring health care providers (including pharmacists) to complete demographic data during an encounter related to COVID-19.  The specific information about these requirements can be found at these links.  Please note that these regulations pertain to licensees of the Board of Pharmacy.

Oregon Pharmacist Fund Board of Directors

OSHP has participated in selecting new members of the Oregon Pharmacist Fund (our PAC) Board and updating the bylaws and procedures of the PAC.  OSHP members of the Board are Michael Millard and Andrew Gibler.  Our PAC (Oregon Pharmacist Fund) has not been able to conduct its usual fundraising events due to COVID-19 and the canceling of our annual meetings. We will be contacting pharmacists directly to ask for support for our legislative activities in this critical time.  Please consider making a generous donation to the Oregon Pharmacist Fund to help us enable you to practice at the highest level of your scope of practice.

OSHP primary legislative objective

OSHP board of directors have approved that the primary objective of OSHP in the 2021 Oregon legislative session would be to authorize payment for all pharmacist services in connection with Prescribing pursuant to Formulary Committee protocol or authorization.  To authorize payment for all legislatively mandated prescribing such as insulin.  The language will be similar to the PEP/PrEP (HB 4116) bill in the 2020 session.  OSHP is in the process of introducing a bill to this effect at this time.

Additional items OSHP is pursuing the following as well:

  • Advocate for reimbursement language similar to the PBM language prohibiting differential reimbursement to hospitals for 340B programs
  • Advocate for pharmacist authorization to order and interpret COVID-19 tests.
  • Participation and review of Universal Legislative Task force recommendations to the legislature. UAPC discussion guide outlines potential legislative actions

Oregon Board of Pharmacy Regulations

OSHP has been working closely with the Oregon Board of Pharmacy on several regulatory issues.  The OSHP has joined OSPA in requesting the OBOP make the provisions for remote supervision of technicians and provisions for tele-pharmacy that they had approved as part of the emergency declaration by the governor as a permanent part of the regulations, effective after the emergency has passed.  The Board will consider these rules in their September Rules Hearing.  OSHP has noted the approval of several prescribing protocols as part of the Public Health and Pharmacy Formulary Committee to include Smoking Cessation, Vaginal Candidiasis, and PEP to the prescribing formulary.

Please feel free to send any comments or questions to Michael Millard, BPharm, MS, FOSHP - OSHP LRAC, chair of the Legislative and Regulatory Committee.


Posted: December 16, 2019

The legislative session is progressing at a feverish pace.  You will find below a highlight of senate and house bills which OSHP is addressing.  If you have any comments or questions regarding the bills, please contact the OSHP Chair for Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Mike Millard.

The most active legislation is listed below.  Legislative counsel (WV Cross) and LRAC, in conjunction with OSPA and the Oregon Pharmacy Coalition, are tracking additional legislation.  For a full listing, and text of actual bills proposed, click here to access the bill tracking tool.

GENERAL SUMMARY

“One of the most dramatic ends to a legislative session in Oregon history”

The reports of this past Legislative Session are wild and wide-ranging…and nearly all true. Democrats would like to remind Oregonians of the good things they were able to do. Republicans would like to remind Oregonians of the bad things they were able to stop. The Governor’s office would like to remind Oregonians that she is in fact a part of the process. 

As the session began a cloud loomed. Democrats controlled all three branches of policy making government. A Super-Majority in both chambers seeded fear and anxiety well before the legislature convened. With the anticipation of being put through the wringer, Republicans and conservative interests braced for the worst and prepared for a six month stretch of battle. That mindset came through loud and clear as the months progressed. This session was packed full of avoidance, interruptions, threats, admonishments…all of which culminated to help underscore the partisan mess that Americans feel they are suffering under (regardless of which side of the aisle you’re on). It would have been very difficult for you to have missed some word about the Senate Republican Walk Out, the Timber Unity Movement, the threats on the lives of Oregon State Troopers and the standstill to which Oregon’s government ground into in June. It would have been slightly easier for you to have missed the engagement of the Governor in the first round of negotiations, when progressive-backed legislation being proposed met its demise without a single vote by an elected official. And even more easily missed would be the work that the House of Representatives - considered the “junior” chamber - plodded on with, quietly and discreetly.

Major packages in housing and tenant protection reforms passed; providing a clearer guide as to when and how prices and housing-stock should fluctuate. Paid Family Leave, a long-awaited program by progressives, was negotiated and became law. A decade’s worth of work finally resulted in a simple and straightforward clean air and water negotiation. PERS reform, Public education funding, reforms on Death with Dignity, healthcare delivery systems, cannabis and hemp programs and more silently moved along. Despite so many progressive policies passing, the majority party took slings and arrows from its far reaching left; disappointed that they didn’t muscle even more progressive policy wins.

The impact of the overarching narrative, this being one of the most dramatic sessions, is truly yet to be seen. Will the walk out and vitriol only cement the view of the public that government is broken? Will the civil law suit brought forward to determine whether or not the Senate Republicans will be able to use a denial of quorum again? Should the Governor call a special session, and if so, on which topic? We encourage you to stay engaged and alert with your advocacy team to find out. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the passing of stateswoman Jackie Winters, who dedicated her life to service, indelibly improved Oregon and will be profoundly missed in the legislature and beyond.

Click here to read the OSHP Final Legislative Report as of October 2019.