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.