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Stay up to date with NHPA events and news affecting the profession of pharmacy in New Hampshire

Change Healthcare Disruption

Throughout the Change Healthcare disruption NHPA has been sharing your stories and the immense impact the situation has had. To that end, please see below for a message from Optum regarding the availability of a cash advance for independent pharmacies that are struggling with cash flow issues:

Temporary Payment Advance Program for Optum Rx Network Pharmacy Partners

Throughout the Change Healthcare outage, maintaining continuity of care for patients has been our top priority. Optum Rx has committed to reimbursing appropriate prescriptions filled in good faith by our pharmacy network partners. We recognize that the disruption caused by the Change Health Care outage may be creating cash flow challenges for independent pharmacies. To help our pharmacy partners during these extraordinary circumstances, Optum Rx has created a limited duration cash advance process to support independent pharmacies in the Optum Rx Network. There are no fees or interest charged on cash advances. Optum Rx network pharmacies may request an advance payment of funds based on prescriptions they have filled and provided to Optum Rx members where the pharmacy is experiencing cash flow problems due to dispensing those prescriptions. Pharmacies seeking a payment advance must request it through the Optum Rx Pharmacy Help Desk at 1-800-788-7871.

 

To qualify:

  1. Must be an Optum Rx Network pharmacy serving Optum Rx patients who need a cash advance (excludes chains). Advance is per pharmacy.

  2. Must be in good standing with Optum Rx – no audits, terminations, audit suspension, suspected FWA.

  3. May request between $10,000 - $100,000 based on prescriptions filled and dispensed 2/21/24 or later where there was a delay in the pharmacy’s ability to submit claims for Optum Rx members.

  4. Must attest that the prescriptions have been dispensed.

  5. Must submit information at the pharmacy level: NPI, NCPDP number, pharmacy name and list the following Optum Rx member claim information: BIN, PCN, Group ID, Member ID, Date of Service, Rx Number, NDC, Quantity Dispensed, Submitted Cost

  6. May request payment advance no more than one time per week.

  7. Will be required to sign an agreement to return funds to Optum Rx at a later date.

 

Pharmacy e-Services (optumrx.com)

 

OptumRx Temporary Payment Advance

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Pharmacist Spotlight 

Each month NHPA will be highlighting a deserving pharmacist, pharmacy technician or pharmacy student in New Hampshire.

If you know of an exceptional member of the New Hampshire Pharmacy community that should be included in the monthly spotlight, please fill out the form below. Self-nominations are also recommended. This spotlight will be shared on the NHPA social media accounts, email and website. If chosen, an NHPA representative will reach out to you for a headshot and with a timeline for publication. 

2024 President's Letter to NPHA Members

Dear Colleagues,

 

It is a very exciting time for the New Hampshire Pharmacists Association (NHPA) as we say goodbye to 2023 and look forward to 2024. We have been working hard behind the scenes for the past year to revamp and refresh the organization to better serve you. As part of this change, we are excited to reinstate our annual President's Letter after a two-year hiatus.  I also want to take this opportunity to introduce myself, Amanda Morrill, as the new president of NHPA. I have been an executive board member since 2013, served as CE Committee Chair, and Secretary, and I am looking forward to serving you and the organization in this new capacity for the next two years.

For NHPA, 2023 was a year of challenge and change. In the first half of the year, we navigated challenges related to leadership and technology, and we thank you members for bearing with us as we worked through those matters. On a more positive note, we were able to celebrate the organization’s 150th anniversary at our continuing education program at the Puritan Backroom in October. It was great to see so many familiar faces.

 

Thanks to our dedicated executive board members, we were able to end the year stronger than we started and are poised for a successful 2024. One of the changes you are likely to notice first is a brand-new website that is more modern and easier to navigate. Some other things to look forward to in the coming year include:

  • The quarterly newsletter is coming back! Look for it in your email starting in February.

  • The membership cycle will no longer be based upon the calendar year, but active on a rolling basis for 1 year from time of payment.  

  • Multiple in person and virtual live continuing education opportunities will be offered. Check our website and social media pages in the coming months for more details.

  • A new monthly Pharmacy Team Spotlight feature will highlight the great work being done by the pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy students in the state. If you are interested in being featured or want to nominate someone, please fill out this form: https://forms.office.com/r/yhkiibipm8

 

We also want to acknowledge that this has been a year of challenge and change for the profession as a whole. NHPA stands by and supports the rights of pharmacists, student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to work in a safe environment.

 

Remember, NHPA serves the ENTIRE profession of pharmacy, regardless of licensure type or practice setting. Please consider not only joining NHPA as a member, but also getting involved by joining one of our committees (e.g., Education, Legislative, Public and Population Health, Communication and Membership, etc.). Renew your membership online at www.nhpharmacists.net. Our efforts in promoting and representing the profession are made possible through dues paid for by members like you. In addition, should you have any questions or concerns about the association or the profession in general, feel free to contact us at info@nhpharmacists.net. You can also follow our social media accounts on Facebook (New Hampshire Pharmacists Association), Instagram (@nhpharmassoc) and LinkedIn (New Hampshire Pharmacists Association) for announcements.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Amanda M. Morrill, PharmD, BCPS

President, NHPA

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2024 Executive Board

Meet the 2024 NHPA Executive Board

The Executive Board members were elected in December of 2023 and will serve as volunteers to lead the organization with the assistance of the general board of directors. Stay tuned for introductions to all of our Board of Directors! 

Thank you to our Partners and Corporate Members 

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NHPA is proud to be a member of the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations

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