Mar 16, 2020 12:00 AM
Shout out to Dr. Michelle Litchman, who was involved in passing House Bill 207 to increase access to insulin. Here is what this means:
- If privately insured, insurance will have the option to cap copays @ $30/insulin per month OR move insulin to the lowest tier and waive the deductible. This will go into effect January 1, 2021.
- For patients uninsured or self-insured, they will be able to enroll in a discount insulin program using specific pharmacies. A bulk purchasing method from PEHP will be used to provide insulin at a post-rebate price.
- Pharmacists will be able to refill insulin for 90-days if the insulin prescription is less than 6 months old and the insulin has historically been filled, OR the insurance will now cover a biologic equivalent
- Pharmacists will be able to combine refills to dispense a 60-day supply of insulin as long as there are enough existing refills from the prescribing provider.
- While this does not solve insulin copays for those with Medicare or Medicaid, or who are covered by the VA, it is a step in the right
Speaking of the legislative session, congratulations also goes to Susan Scott, who worked with a dedicated team to increase our ability to provide telehealth throughout the state for persons with psychiatric mental health disorders. We want to thank Susan for her involvement on the state behavioral health committee and her dedication to representing the College of Nursing at the state level.
Ann Butt and Sherri Kerney:
Congratulations to Dr. Ann Butt and Sherri Kerney. They have been invited to deliver a podium presentation titled “Operation Escape Lab” at SimGHOSTS (The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists) USA 2020, which is scheduled to be held in August at Baylor University in Dallas.
Ann Butt, Clare Kranz, Jennifer Macali, and medical librarians Nena Schvaneveldt and Brandon Patterson:
Congratulations to Drs. Ann Butt, Clare Kranz, Jennifer Macali; and our colleagues from the library. They have been invited to deliver a poster titled “Stop, Collaborate, and Listen: Exploring the Gameful Side of Nursing Education” at the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting in August in Portland.
Dr. Susanna Cohen and her team recently had the following article published:
Afulani, P.A., Dyer, J., Calkins, K., Aborigo, R.A., Mcnally, B., Cohen, S.R. (2020). Provider knowledge and perceptions following an integrated simulation training on emergency obstetric and neonatal care and respectful maternity care: A mixed-methods study in Ghana. Midwifery, 85, 102667
The journal allows for free sharing: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0266613820300401?dgcid=author
Dr. Lauri Linder and team had this publication:
Macpherson, C. F., Stegenga, K., Erickson, J. M., Linder, L. A., Newman, A. R., Elswick, Jr., R. K., Charlson, J., Thomas, S., & Ameringer, S. (accepted March 10, 2020) Adolescents and young adults with cancer using a symptom heuristics app: Provider perceptions and actions. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology