EDMONTON, Feb. 11, 2014 /CNW/ - The Alberta Pharmacists' Association is
pleased to announce that it has reached a new agreement with Alberta
Health and Alberta Blue Cross. This new agreement means that you can
expect more at no charge to you from your pharmacist. Some of the new
services in this agreement that you can expect from your pharmacist
include helping you to manage your diabetes, developing a long term
plan for you to stop using tobacco, creating a care plan for your
medical conditions or providing you with a variety of injections.
"This expanded range of services will be very important to my patients
as I will be able to make a greater difference in their care.
Pharmacists play an important role as a first point of access for many
people and this will help ensure we can meet the needs of the public.
All of this is in addition to the things we already do for you
including providing you your medications and prescription renewals.
Make sure to sit down with your pharmacist to find out what they can
now do for you."
- Ashley Young, pharmacist
The new agreement updates how pharmacists are paid for the new and
existing services they provide you.
"We believe this is a positive step forward not only for pharmacists but
for Albertans as well. It provides pharmacists with stability and
certainty over the next four years and means that you will be able to
continue to receive the high level of service you have come to expect
from your pharmacist."
- Ali Damani, President, Alberta Pharmacists' Association
Today, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the
Alberta Pharmacists' Association and Alberta Health. The MOU recognises
that pharmacists are critical members of the healthcare team and this
ensures we will be at the table with other healthcare providers in
making decisions about the future of healthcare in Alberta.
"With this MOU we are looking forward to building on our relationship
with Alberta Health and ensuring that the role pharmacists play in
patient care is supported."
- Margaret Wing, CEO, Alberta Pharmacists' Association
Backgrounder to News Release
Albertans can now get more healthcare services from their pharmacist
The Alberta Pharmacists' Association along with Alberta Health and
Alberta Blue Cross have now completed work on the documents to support
the Agreement-in-Principle that was reached between the three
organizations. This Agreement was previously announced in an Alberta
Health news release on October 2, 2013. It includes:
the Alberta Blue Cross Pharmacy Agreement,
a Memorandum of Understanding between Alberta Health and the Alberta
a soon to be finalized amended Ministerial Order that supports
The Alberta Blue Cross Pharmacy Agreement, which sets out payment for pharmacies and pharmacists for the services
they provide, has been updated for the first time since 2003. This four
year agreement will provide pharmacists with stability and certainty.
This agreement will be made available for review by each pharmacist and
will replace the current agreement with pharmacies on April 1, 2014.
The Memorandum of Understanding between Alberta Health and the Alberta Pharmacists' Association
formalizes the relationship between the two parties and recognizes the
Association as the representative authority for pharmacists in Alberta.
It provides a means for both parties to work through issues of mutual
concern to the health of Albertans. This four year agreement has been
approved by both the Minister of Health and the Association's Board of
The Ministerial Order has been updated to include administrative amendments to ease access
for Albertans and new services. It will ensure that Albertans can
continue to benefit from the services pharmacists currently provide and
receive new services such as additional diabetes management, smoking
cessation, care plans or the administration of multiple injections.
Although in draft form, it is expected that the updated Ministerial
Order will be approved by the Minister of Health and in place by April
Throughout the month of February, the Alberta Pharmacists' Association,
Alberta Health and Alberta Blue Cross will be hosting forums throughout
Alberta for pharmacists to learn about the agreement.
The Alberta Pharmacists' Association (RxA) promotes the value of
pharmacists in supporting and advancing the health of Albertans.
Advocate and advance the profession
Engage stakeholders about the value of pharmacist services
Advocate for appropriate compensation and recognition of pharmacists'
contribution to healthcare
Inspire excellence in the profession and pharmacist practice
Support members by providing quality services and professional
SOURCE: Alberta Pharmacists' Association
For further information:
For Media Inquiries:
Jeff Whissell, Director of Pharmacy Practice
Alberta Pharmacists' Association
780.990.0326 extension: 23