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APhA COVID-19 Resources: Know the Facts

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Practical Information for Pharmacists to Know Now

Billing and Reimbursement

  • HRSA COVID-19 Uninsured Program and Coverage Assistance Fund: Updates for Pharmacy: This resource outlines information specifically for pharmacies about reimbursement for the provision of COVID-19 services to uninsured individuals or those without coverage for these services (PDF)
  • Reimbursement for Administration of COVID-19 Vaccine(s)—What We Know: This resource provides an overview of what we know about COVID-19 vaccine reimbursement at this time and covers steps pharmacists can take now to be positioned as a COVID-19 vaccine provider. (PDF)

COVID-19 Vaccines

  • Additional Dose Recommended for Certain Immunocompromised Individuals: FAQ about additional doses of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines and key clinical considerations.(HTML) (PDF- NEW!

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Summary Chart:A reference that compares key information about the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Janssen COVID-19 vaccines and summarizes the CDC's clinical considerations. (PDF)
  • Adolescent COVID-19 Vaccination: FAQ about the use and safety of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in individuals ages 12-15 years old. (PDF- NEW!
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Pharmacy Provider Tool: Check this list of references and recommendations to verify that your pharmacy and staff take the necessary steps to administer COVID-19 vaccines successfully. (PDF)
  • Maximizing COVID-19 Vaccine Doses: Recommendations for vaccine withdrawal and administration techniques to maximize doses obtained from each COVID-19 vaccine vial (PDF)
  • Understanding and Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy During COVID-19: A comprehensive resource that helps pharmacists prepare to engage in productive conversations with patients about immunizations. (PDF)
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Development and Approval: This resource outlines how the COVID-19 vaccines have been developed and approved at unprecedented speeds without compromising safety. (PDF)  
  • Self-Attestation Statements for COVID-19 Recipients: Download or edit a patient attestation form from the options below to provide to patients requesting an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.
    1. Detailed patient attestation using patient friendly definition of moderately or severely immunocompromised individuals(PDF)(Word)
    2. Concise patient attestation for moderately or severely immunocompromised individuals(PDF)(Word)
    3. Detailed patient attestation using formal definition of moderately or severely immunocompromised individuals (PDF)(Word)

Immunizing During COVID-19

  • Authority to Immunize During COVID-19: A comparison chart about the requirements for pharmacists, technicians and student pharmacists/interns to provide COVID-19, influenza, and childhood immunizations. (PDF- NEW!

     

  • Vaccine and Storage Handling: A guide to help pharmacists identify key components of the CDC VFC recommendations. To protect the integrity of vaccine supply and to secure access to vaccine supply provided by federal and state entities, pharmacists should strive to adhere to these CDC-reviewed recommendations. (PDF
  • Vaccination Basics: Comprehensive FAQ guide for pharmacists vaccinating during the COVID-19 pandemic. (PDF

Testing

  • Testing Basics: FAQ on the basics of COVID-19 tests, including molecular, antigen, and antibody tests, as well as testing activities and understanding test performance when counseling patients. (PDF
  • Pharmacists' Guide to Authorized COVID-19 Tests and the CLIA Waiver Process: FAQ guide to how COVID-19 tests are authorized, which tests are appropriate for your pharmacy setting, and how and why to obtain a CLIA Certificate of Waiver. (PDF) -
  • Authority to Test for COVID-19: Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, and Pharmacy Interns: FAQ on pharmacist, pharmacy intern, and technician authority from the federal level to the state level, including the HHS actions and the requirements that must be met. (PDF
  • Pharmacy Models for COVID-19 Testing: Interactive step-by-step overview of two common models—specimen collection in partnership with a laboratory, and point-of-care testing—and the associated payment opportunities at this time. (PDF)

Telehealth

  • Telehealth in Your Pharmacy Practice: Comprehensive FAQ on applying telehealth to your pharmacy practice. Learn about using innovative technology to care for patients during COVID-19—from HIPAA to Medicare and commercial payers to additional telehealth resources. (PDF

Treatment

  • APhA, AMA and ASHP joint statement opposing the use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19
  • Authority to Provide COVID-19 Therapeutics: FAQ on the authority to order and/or administer COVID-19 therapeutics and the requirements that must be met.(PDF)
  • Monoclonal Antibody Therapies: Considerations for Therapy and the Pharmacists’ Role: FAQ on COVID-19 monoclonal antibody therapies including an overview of available therapies, patient eligibility, and opportunities for pharmacists to increase awareness of and access to these therapies.  (PDF)

Managing Your Pharmacy

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) During the Pandemic: FAQ guide on the effective use of PPE to protect pharmacy personnel and patients. Staying current with updated recommendations and guidance will help keep everyone safe and minimize the spread of the virus. (PDF - Minimum Requirements Chart)
  • Tips for Protecting Community Pharmacists and Pharmacy Staff from COVID-19: Tips for workflow improvements—to prescription orders and refills, transactions, staff, and the pharmacy—that can decrease the risk of exposure to infected patients. (PDF)
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting: FAQ on taking appropriate measures to reduce the transmission of the virus in your pharmacy practice. (PDF
  • COVID-19 Fraudulent Medical Products and Scams: Examples of fraud and scams, red flags, and tips to protect pharmacists and patients. (PDF)

Practicing on the Front Line

  • COVID-19 Basics: Access key links for pharmacy personnel to the latest information on the disease and care delivery, practice changes, and managing well-being. (PDF

Preparing Your Health System

  • Operational Approaches for Health-System Pharmacy Practice During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons on preparing and adapting your health-system pharmacy based on the experiences of pharmacy leadership in a multihospital health system in the Houston, TX, region. (PDF
  • Optimizing Your Health-System Pharmacy Practice During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Pharmacy leaders from Mount Sinai Health System in New York, NY, and Med Center Health in Bowling Green, KY, offer advice on how they're tackling COVID-19 at their institutions. (PDF
  • Providing Outpatient Pharmacy Services in a Field/Surge Hospital: Checklist of considerations compiled by the pharmacy team at UNC Health that may be helpful when determining whether to provide outpatient pharmacy services in a field/surge hospital. (PDF

 


These COVID-19 resources are supported in part by:

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