Bill Text: NH HB479 | 2021 | Regular Session | Introduced

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Bill Title: Relative to pharmacist provider status, nicotine cessation therapy, and pharmacy benefit manager requirements.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 6-1)

Status: (Passed) 2021-08-16 - Signed by Governor Sununu 08/10/2021; Chapter 189; I. Sec. 6 Eff: 01/01/2025 II. Sec 1-4 Eff: 01/01/2022 III. Rem. Eff: 08/10/2021 [HB479 Detail]

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AN ACT relative to pharmacist provider status and nicotine cessation therapy.


SPONSORS: Rep. Merchant, Sull. 4; Rep. Marsh, Carr. 8; Rep. Woods, Merr. 23; Rep. Knirk, Carr. 3; Rep. Murphy, Graf. 12; Rep. Deshaies, Carr. 6; Sen. Prentiss, Dist 5


COMMITTEE: Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs






This bill includes pharmacists as providers for certain covered services including Medicaid and   authorizes pharmacists to provide nicotine cessation therapy pursuant to a standing order from a physician or APRN and to be reimbursed under Medicaid.


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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.






In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty One


AN ACT relative to pharmacist provider status and nicotine cessation therapy.


Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:


1  New Paragraph; Department of Health and Human Services; General Provisions; Pharmacists.  Amend RSA 126-A:3 by inserting after paragraph III the following new paragraph:

III-a.(a)  Pharmacists shall be considered providers under RSA 126-A:3, III for the purpose of billing for providing services performed within the scope of a person’s license when said service would have been covered under this section if furnished by a physician or as an incident to a physician’s service or furnished by an advanced registered nurse practitioner.

(b)  The commissioner shall submit a Title XIX Medicaid state plan amendment to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to implement this paragraph, if necessary.

2  Managed Care Program; Pharmacists Services.  Amend RSA 126-A:5, XIX(a) to read as follows:

XIX.(a)  The commissioner shall employ a managed care model for administering the Medicaid program and its enrollees to provide for managed care services for all Medicaid populations throughout New Hampshire consistent with the provisions of 42 U.S.C. section 1396u-2.  Models for managed care may include, but not be limited to, a traditional capitated managed care organization contract, an administrative services organization, an accountable care organization, or a primary care case management model, or a combination thereof, offering the best value, quality assurance, and efficiency, maximizing the potential for savings, and presenting the most innovative approach compared to other externally administered models.  Services to be managed within the model shall include all mandatory Medicaid covered services and may include, but shall not be limited to, care coordination, utilization management, disease management, pharmacy benefit management, provider network management, quality management, and customer services.  The model shall reimburse pharmacists for services described in RSA 126-A:3, III-a.  The commissioner shall enter into contracts with the vendors that demonstrate the greatest ability to satisfy the state's need for value, quality, efficiency, innovation, and savings.  The commissioner shall establish rates based on the appropriate model for the contract that is full risk to the vendors.  The rates shall be established in rate cells or other appropriate units for each population or service provided including, but not limited to, persons eligible for temporary assistance to needy families (TANF), aid for the permanently and totally disabled (APTD), breast and cervical cancer program (BCCP), home care for children with severe disabilities (HC-CSD), and those residing in nursing facilities.  The rates and/or payment models for the program shall be presented to the fiscal committee of the general court on an annual basis.  The managed care model or models' selected vendors providing the Medicaid services shall emphasize patient-centered, value-based care and include enhanced care management of high-risk populations as identified by the department.  In contracting for the managed care program, the department shall ensure no reduction in the quality of care of services provided to enrollees in the managed care model and shall exercise all due diligence to maintain or increase the current level of quality of care provided.  The commissioner may, in consultation with the fiscal committee, adopt rules, if necessary, to implement the provisions of this paragraph.  The department shall seek, with the approval of the fiscal committee, all necessary and appropriate waivers to implement the provisions of this paragraph.

3  New Paragraph; Pharmacists and Pharmacies; Definitions.  Amend RSA 318:1 by inserting after paragraph XXXIII the following new paragraph:

XXXIV  “Nicotine cessation therapy” means medications which the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies as available by prescription or without a prescription for the purpose of nicotine cessation.

4  New Section; Pharmacists and Pharmacies; Nicotine Cessation Therapy.  Amend RSA 318 by inserting after section 47-l the following new section:

318:47-m  Nicotine Cessation Therapy.

I.  In this section, "standing order" means a written and signed protocol authored by a physician licensed under RSA 329:12 or an advanced practice registered nurses licensed under RSA 326-B:18.  The agreement shall specify a protocol allowing a licensed pharmacist to provide nicotine cessation therapy under the delegated prescriptive authority of the physician or APRN, a mechanism to document screening performed and the prescription in the patient's medical record, and include a plan for evaluating and treating adverse events.  The prescriptions shall be considered a legitimate medical purpose in the usual course of professional practice.

II.  Licensed pharmacists following standing orders may provide nicotine cessation therapy to persons in this state without a prior prescription.

III.  A pharmacist, pharmacy, physician, or APRN issuing or following standing orders shall be prohibited from seeking personal financial benefit by participating in any incentive-based program or accepting any inducement that influences or encourages therapeutic or product changes or the ordering of tests or services.

IV.  Prior to providing nicotine cessation therapy under this section, a pharmacist shall complete an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited educational training program related to nicotine cessation.

V.  The pharmacist shall provide each recipient of nicotine cessation therapy with a standardized information sheet written in plain language, which shall include, but is not limited to, the indication for the use of the nicotine cessation therapy, the importance of follow-up care, and health care referral information.

VI.  The board shall adopt rules, pursuant to RSA 541-A, relative to:

(a)  Education and training required under paragraph IV.

(b)  Content and format of the information sheet required under paragraph V, in consultation with the commissioner of the department of health and human services.

(c)  A model statewide protocol, with the consent of the board of medicine, the board of nursing, and the department of health and human services to be used for the purposes of paragraph I.

(d)  Communication to the patient's primary care provider with the consent of the patient.

VII.  The board of medicine shall not deny, revoke, suspend, or otherwise take disciplinary action against a physician based on a pharmacist's failure to follow standing orders provided the provisions of this section and the rules adopted under this section are satisfied.  The board of nursing shall not deny, revoke, suspend, or otherwise take disciplinary action against an APRN based on a pharmacist's failure to follow standing orders provided the provisions of this section and the rules adopted under this section are satisfied.  The board of pharmacy shall not deny, revoke, suspend, or otherwise take disciplinary action against a pharmacist who follows standing orders based on a defect in those standing orders provided the provisions of this section and the rules adopted under this section are satisfied.

5  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect January 1, 2022.