From September 1, 2015 to October 31, 2018, the maximum rebate tax was $11.40. Additional reimbursement is provided for influenza vaccination, test certificates, methadone, compliance packages and compounding drugs. For more information on the funding agreement, click here. Although the ACP ES is not legally authorized to set fees, set fee rules or negotiate professional fees, we understand the concerns expressed by pharmacists. Many pharmacists approached the college to share the impact of the agreement on access to services that are important for certain segments of the population, particularly vulnerable groups. “We recognize that pharmacists were hoping for an agreement that would advance their role as front-line health care providers. However, given the Alberta government`s significant fiscal challenges and the focus alone on cost control, we believe that, given the current economic environment, we have achieved the best possible funding framework for pharmaceutical practices in our province,” said RxA President Mark Elderkin in a statement. On April 1, 2014, an agreement was put in place between the Alberta Pharmaceutical Association and the Government of Alberta, which resulted in a new funding model for prescription drugs. The practice of pharmacists will also expand in the future. These services are fully funded by the province. ACP was not aware of the negotiation process and learned the details of the contract through the Minister`s press release, as were all pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.
The university will continue to promote the ethical practice of all pharmacists and pharmacy technicians and help them provide safe and effective care to each and every family they serve. A rural pharmacy incentive pays an additional $2.00 for the first 10,000 prescriptions that were filled in a fiscal year. This incentive applies to pharmacies located 25 km or more apart. BY SONYA FELIX on March 7, 2018 for CANADIANHEALTHNETWORK.CA That`s why pharmacists were surprised and appalled by the announcement on February 28 of the new agreement, described by the government as “the first of its kind in Canada.” The Alberta Health press release states that the government has worked closely with RxA to “achieve a fiscally responsible agreement that respects pharmacists and protects the stability of the sector.” While the new framework focuses primarily on reducing expenditures, the agreement adds a few paid pharmacy services: $20 for an assessment to ensure continuity of care in the event of a state of emergency declaration and $13 for the administration of more publicly funded vaccines, which are being phased in. Pharmacy funding framework rates, which will come into effect on May 17, 2018, will remain in effect until March 31, 2022: a four-year contract was implemented on April 1, 2014 between the Alberta Pharmacists` Association, Alberta Blue Cross, and the Alberta government.