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Pharmacists’ Role in Emergency Preparedness During the COVID-19 Pandemic
HIMSS-NCPDP Pharmacy Town Hall Series: Part 1 of 3
Pharmacy is playing a critical role during the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring patients have access to tests and, when available, vaccinations. In an unprecedented move on March 13, 2020, pharmacies across the United States were called into action by President Trump to provide COVID-19 testing services to patients. This greatly expanded access to tests because nearly 90% of Americans live within five miles of a community pharmacy.

Urgent industry guidance was developed for:
• Testing to facilitate the exchange of data through interoperable industry standards, including the different types of tests, specimen collection and testing procedures;
• Product/service identifiers for FDA-authorized tests and test kits;
• Products supplied through the Strategic National Stockpile;
• Testing certifications;
• Payer considerations;
• Details completing a claim request;
• And related, pharmacist-provided services.

Learning Objectives
• Describe actions taken to prepare the pharmacy industry to help patients with their medication needs and testing during a disaster or pandemic.
• Identify necessary data elements needed to successfully process a claim for COVID-19 testing or rendered services.
• Recognize a COVID-19 test product that does not have a product ID.
• Define services pharmacists provide that are directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Charlie Oltman, MBA, CHC, Rx Integrated Solutions, LLC, Program Director for the NCPDP Foundation
Michele Davidson, R.Ph, NSC, Senior Manager, Pharmacy Technical Standards, Development & Policy, Government Relations, Walgreens
Anne Johnston, R.Ph, MPA, Senior Director, Data Management, Strategy, & Governance for Express Scripts Health Services (ESI)

Oct 29, 2020 11:00 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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