In light of the Federal Government announcing that the COVID-19 public health emergency will end on May 11th, 2023, here are a few things to consider as we move into post-pandemic pharmacy operations:
1. Pharmacists have lived within the PHE for so long that many may no longer be clear about what they, and their technicians, can and cannot do. It is time to review your state scope of practice to be sure you are ready to pivot if needed.
2. Many pharmacies have adapted their workflow to accommodate the ability of technicians to test and vaccinate. That will need to be addressed prior to May. Does your state allow this? If not, what are the next steps?
3. In states where the loss of this scope of practice is emergent, this is an opportunity for Pharmacists to engage with their state associations, state boards, and legislators to expand their scope where needed to at least PHE minimums due to the tremendous void that may be created.
4. Pharmacies providing COVID OTC tests to Medicare Part B patients may want to let those patients know this program will end. Since COVID is not going away, they may want to get an additional supply of tests now while they can. Ensure you monitor your test inventory closely as you near May.
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