Pharmacy - Hospital-based Pharmacy

The Health Policy Commission in coming months is scheduled to decide on whether the state’s healthcare cost growth benchmark – currently set at 3.1% – should remain at that level.
The American Hospital Association released a report last week showing that total drug spending per hospital admission increased 18.5% between FYs 2015 and 2017.
The Board of Registration in Pharmacy’s much anticipated regulations on how a pharmacy can conduct sterile compounding will have unintended consequences that will increase costs and disrupt patient care.
DPH recently released a notice outlining new requirements for providers prescribing benzodiazepines.
AHA and other hospital interests filed suit in U.S. District Court to stop a nearly 30% reduction in Medicare payments to hospitals for purchase of outpatient drugs under the 340B program.
MHA has informed the HPC about patient safety and cost considerations related to insurance companies’ drug policies.
The Board of Registration in Pharmacy has issued some new, stricter rules for pharmacy technicians in training.
The Board of Registration in Pharmacy has issued a new application form for pharmacies considering expansions.
Hospitals are still reporting that they are low on IV bags, saline and emergency products.
There's been a nationwide shortage of IV fluids through injection bags since Hurricane Maria disrupted production facilities in Puerto Rico.
HB3239 An Act to Improve Access to and Reporting of Pharmacy Services in Hospitals
The Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA), on behalf of its member hospitals and health systems, appreciates this opportunity to offer comments in strong support of HB1971 “An Act to Improve Access to Pharmacy Services in Hospitals.”

Resources

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