SB16-135 - Collaborative Pharmacy Practice Agreements

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning A Pharmacist's Provision Of Health Care Services That Have Been Delegated By Another Health Care Provider.

The bill allows a health benefit plan to provide coverage for health care services provided by a pharmacist if the pharmacist meets specified requirements. The bill also allows a pharmacist to enter into a collaborative pharmacy practice agreement with one or more physicians if:

  • The pharmacist holds a current license to practice in Colorado;
  • The pharmacist is engaged in the practice of pharmacy;
  • The pharmacist has earned a doctorate of pharmacy degree or completed at least 5 years of experience as a licensed pharmacist;
  • The pharmacist carries adequate malpractice insurance;
  • The pharmacist agrees to devote a portion of his or her practice to collaborative pharmacy practice; and
  • There is a mechanism in place to document changes to medical records.

The bill prohibits the employment of a physician or advanced practice nurse for collaborative practice agreements if the physician or advanced practice nurse does not have a separate medical practice.

The bill grants rule-making authority to the state board of pharmacy, the Colorado medical board, and the state board of nursing.

Latest update: June 6, 2016
06/06/2016 Governor Signed
05/12/2016 Sent to the Governor
05/12/2016 Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/11/2016 Signed by the President of the Senate
05/06/2016 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
05/05/2016 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
05/04/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/03/2016 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
05/03/2016 House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
03/30/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment
03/08/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/07/2016 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
03/03/2016 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
02/25/2016 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Finance
02/18/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services + Finance