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As Idaho continues to work through and manage the Coronavirus pandemic, ISHP is here to help connect you to resources that can help provide you with the tools you need to take care of your patients. 

Idaho Informational Resources

Pharmacies COVID-19 Testing Locations

  • Albertsons Pharmacies
  • All Other Pharmacies
  • N95 Mask Decontamination

    FEMA has provided Idaho with a great opportunity for providers to preserve and re-use N95 masks. FEMA has deployed a revolutionary technology created by Battelle called the Critical Care Decontamination System (CCDS). They have located 60 of these systems around the country, and one is currently being set up in Idaho Falls. 

    CCDS uses vaporized hydrogen peroxide to decontaminate an N95 mask, and each mask can be treated up to 20 times with no degradation to the mask’s quality. The CCDS can decontaminate up to 80,000 masks per day. FEMA covers the cost of the decontamination and, in some cases, Battelle may cover the shipping/transport of the masks to and from Idaho Falls.

    If your facility is interested in utilizing this system, they will need to register with Battelle. You will then be contacted by a Battelle representative with all the barcoding and shipping information.

    Idaho Legislative Update - Rule 704

    The temporary rule regarding the stockpiling of chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine was rescinded by the Board of Pharmacy on June 11, 2020. 

    Idaho Legislative Update - Rule 402.3

    Idaho Board of Pharmacy updated Rule 402.03, which states: “A prescription drug order may be refilled when permitted by state and federal law and as specifically authorized by the prescriber”. And added: “A pharmacist may also refill a prescription for a non-controlled drug when the prescriber is not available for authorization.”  Please note the thirty day supply limitation has been removed. Posted 3/23/2020 

    During this time a lot of patients are concerned about getting their medications and below are some helpful tips for getting medications during COVID-19:

      • Consider switching to larger quantities of medications such as 90 or 100 day supplies. SelectHealth, PacificSource, and Regence Medicare Advantage plans allow for 100 day fills at a 90 day co-pay for most maintenance medications.
      • Walgreens (link) and CVS (link) are allowing free home delivery for medications for a limited time.
      • At this time, a lot of insurance companies are allowing medications to be filled early without the pharmacy needing to contact the insurance company.
      • Most insurance companies cover mail order pharmacy services, below are links to popular insurance companies and how to sign up for their mail order pharmacy services:

    DEA’s COVID-19 Information Page

    The DEA has put together a COVID-19 information page. It contains important guidance concerning COVID-19 and the national drug supply, electronic prescribing of controlled substances, telemedicine, medicated assisted treatment, and other important federal and state information. This site will be updated frequently as new information and guidance is issued. Please check back frequently for further information. https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/coronavirus.html 

    ASHP Expanded Resources

    Telehealth

    • Medicare is expanding coverage of telemedicine services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CMS summary may be accessed using this link https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/medicare-telemedicine-health-care-provider-fact-sheet [cms.gov].

      To help you better understand what this means for pharmacists, on March 18, 2020, ASHP prepared an Issue Brief: COVID-19 and Telehealth Changes [ashp.org], which is also provided for you below:

      Background

      On March 6, 2020, the “Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act [congress.gov]” became law. In addition to providing healthcare agencies with more money to address the COVID-19 outbreak, it also loosens existing telehealth restrictions in order to enhance patient access to care services. On March 17, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that they have expanded the waiver for telehealth in a few areas. The waiver of the existing rules is not restricted to existing patients but is open to new patients for the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 as well as other conditions unrelated to the public health emergency.  However, it does not open up telehealth billing to new practitioners.

      Telehealth Regulations Waiver

      Under the new law, the Health & Human Services Secretary may waive certain restrictions on telehealth during a declared public health emergency.  For instance, the Secretary can waive the “originating site” requirement for identified geographic areas designated an “emergency area.” Under normal conditions, a beneficiary must travel to an actual site of care – the originating site – to receive telehealth services, but the waiver authority allows beneficiaries to receive services wherever they are.  Currently, because of the COVID-19 public health emergency [phe.gov], the Secretary has waived the originating site and geographical site restrictions on Medicare telehealth services to allow all areas and locations within the country delivery of these services, including patients’ home.  The Secretary has also allowed services to be provided by phone or tablet, provided that the beneficiary has both audio and visual feeds to the provider. Practitioners are able to use everyday communication technologies such as FaceTime or Skype during the COVID-19 public health emergency without breaking HIPAA rules.  The waiver is expanded to both new and existing patients.  Although the beneficiary must initiate the encounter and give informed consent prior to telehealth treatment, practitioners are able to educate beneficiaries on the availability of the service prior to patient initiation.  All other telehealth regulations, including the list of “qualified providers” remain in effect.


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