In another cost cutting measure, the HSE PCRS will stop posting out physical paper-based claims listings from 1st July 2018. The document will then only be available online via the Pharmacy Application Suite. Small exception has been made for manual claiming pharmacies, which will receive their paper listings until 1st October 2018.
The HSE have signaled that they will reduce the reimbursement period of non-approved non-core LTI items from current 4 months to just 2 months beginning on the 1st of July 2018.
This change is being introduced ahead of the promised improved visibility of these individually approved items via the Pharmacy Application Suite scheduled to go live towards the end of the summer.
It's the eve of GDPR implementation and one of our favourite tools is under threat. A lot of rumors have been going around regarding the use of fax to transfer personal information such as an emergency supply script for example.
It's that time of the month again. Here are May's claim submission deadlines:
- Electronic claims (3rd working day): Thursday, 3rd May 2018.
- Paperwork (5pm on the 5th day): 5th day being a Saturday, you have until Tuesday, 8th May 2018.
- Electronic claims (7th day): Monday, 7th May 2018.
- Paperwork (5pm on the 7th day): Thanks to the May bank holiday, you have until Tuesday, 8th May 2018.
Corrected exceptions (midnight on the 8th working day): Friday, 11th May 2018.
Garda vetting requirements apply to any work or activity, where it is a necessary and regular part of this activity to have access to, or contact with, children or vulnerable persons. It shoud come as no surprise that at the very minimum this includes pharmacists and pharmaceutical assistants who work directly with patients and may include other pharmacy employees.
With just 2 weeks to go, it now turns out that this requirement has been sitting quietly in the The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act since 2012.
If you haven't seen one yet, here is the new 2018 High-Tech prescription form (right-clik and select "View Image" for a bigger picture on desktops/laptops).
You'll be glad to see that the Lifetime therapy box is finally gone. What a relief!
Just when we though our admin work could not possibly get any more complicated the regulations came out requiring us to keep all pharmacy-only meds out of the reach of the public, i.e. behind the counter.
HPRA have now at least been nice enough to produce a "handy" 559-page pharmacy-only medicines list for you to keep an eye on daily - yes apparently it will change daily. Thanks HPRA!
PCRS will be informing all pharmacies over the next 7 days (either on 20th March 2018 or 27th March 2018) that they must now use the new High-Tech hub for ordering of IVF High-Tech medicines.
If you have any questions about this new process you can contact PCRS High-Tech hub on 01 864 7135, 01 864 7173 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT HIGH-TECH HUB
The High-Tech drugs scheme is administered by the HSE through the Primary Care Reimbursement Service (PCRS).
Due to the severe weather in recent days the HSE PCRS has slightly relaxed their requirement for receipt of paperwork for early payment, however they would still like to receive the electronic claims my midnight tonight, 5th March 2018. They will allow rare exceptions to this requirements, but only if they receive the electronic claim by midnight tomorrow.
We are very excited to announce that we have opened a support service for anyone working in the community pharmacy who is facing bullying, harassment, intimidation or any other unfair treatment.
You can find more details on our PRIVATE forum, which is only available to registered users, to prevent unauthorised access and spamming.