Tennessee Pharmacists Association

Pharmacy Plus LogoSince 2003, independent community pharmacists in Tennessee have relied on TPA’s Independent Link for time-sensitive information affecting their practices.

The Independent Link is a fax publication of the Tennessee Pharmacists Association and is sponsored by Pharmacy Plus.

Recent issues can be accessed in PDF format by clicking on the dates below.


2020
Oct. 1, 2020
  • Prepare for Pharmacy-Based COVID-19 Vaccines in Tennessee
Aug. 26, 2020
  • Pharmacies Are Eligible for Tennessee Small Business Relief Program
Aug. 14, 2020
  • Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances – Effective January 1, 2021
July 29, 2020
  • TDH COVID-19 Pandemic Response Vaccination Survey
July 10, 2020
  • APhA / TPREF “Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery” Certificate Training Program
Mar. 16, 2020
  • Governor Bill Lee Issues Executive Order #14 in Response to COVID-19
Mar. 4, 2020
  • TPA Supports Pharmacy Efforts on Rutledge v. PCMA Supreme Court Case
Mar. 3, 2020
  • Pharmacy Disaster Relief Law in Effect for Storm Victims
  • NCPA Offers Disaster Relief Grants for Community Pharmacy Owners
Jan. 31, 2020
  • Calling All Pharmacists and Pharmacy Professionals: Participate in TPA’s Pharmacy Practice Environment Study
Jan. 16, 2020
  • New Year, New Requirements: PTCB Launches New Certification Requirements and Updated Exam
Jan. 2, 2020
  • Update: Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances

2019
Dec. 20, 2020
  • Important!  TennCare Pharmacy Services Will Transition to OptumRx on January 1, 2020
Oct. 25, 2019
  • Pharmacist-Provided Hormal Contraceptives:  Training Program + Practice-Based Resources for TPA Members
Sept. 24 ,2019
  • USP Postpones Official Dates of Revised Chapters <795> and <797> and New General Chapter <825>
Aug. 27, 2019
  • Technicians’ Input Needed for Medication Safety Project
July 10, 2019
  • TennCare Professional Dispensing Fee Survey — Deadline Extended to July 12, 2019
June 27, 2019
  • TennCare Professional Dispensing Fee Survey: Key Information and Deadline Extensions
June 3, 2019
  • TPA Priority Legislation: PBM Reform Law
May 7, 2019
  • PBM Reform, Privilege Tax, and Opioids: Pharmacy Advocacy Wins Big in 2019!
Apr. 26, 2019
  • Action Needed Today: Help Comprehensive PBM Reform Cross the Finish Line!
Apr. 19, 2019
  • Advocacy Update: Comprehensive PBM Reform Will Be Heard in House and Senate Finance Committees Next Week!
Apr. 12, 2019
  • TPA Priority Legislation: Important Changes to TN Together Opioid Law
Apr. 3, 2019
  • Advocacy Update: Comprehensive PBM Reform Passes Key House and Senate Committees!
Mar. 28, 2019
  • Keep It Up! PBM Reform Hearings on Tuesday, April 2
Mar. 25, 2019
  • Call to Action: PBM Reform Hearings Tomorrow, March 26
Feb. 18, 2019
  • TPA’s 2019 Pharmacy-Related Legislative Priorities
Feb. 12, 2019
  • TennCare’s Deadline for Drug Cost Survey Extended to This Friday, February 15, 2019
Jan. 30, 2019
  • TPA Staff Meets with Tennessee Attorney General’s Office Regarding PBMs
Jan. 23, 2019
  • TennCare MTM in Medicaid Workshop: Using the Care Coordination Tool (CCT)
Jan. 9, 2019
  • Important Member Update: ICD-10 Code and Partial Fill Errors

2018
Dec. 28, 2018
  • New Tennessee Laws Effective January 1, 2019
Dec. 18, 2018
  • TPA Can Help Members Comply with New State Law
Dec. 17, 2018
  • TennCare News: Contracting, Naloxone, and Partial Fills
Nov. 15, 2018
  • Tennessee Insurance Department Releases PBM Licensure and Complaint Process
Sept. 17, 2018
  • New Pharmacy Law in Effect for Hurricane Florence Evacuees
Sept. 4, 2018
  • The Value of Pharmacy: An Open Letter Supporting the Pharmacy Community
July 25, 2018
  • Bill Banning ‘Gag Clauses’ Approved by Senate HELP Committee
July 20, 2018
  • TPREF Receives Grant from AmerisourceBergen to Evaluate Readiness for Community Pharmacist-Provided Services Payment Model
  • Congratulations, 2018 Grads!
June 28, 2018
  • Attention: TPA Members — In Case You Missed It… Gabapentin Becomes Controlled Substance on July 1, 2018
June 12, 2018
  • TPA Is Seeking Members to Serve on New Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force— Apply by June 22!
May 23, 2018
  • TPA Partners with Count It! Lock It! Drop It! to Offer Grants to Support Pharmacy-Based Drug Disposal Options for Patients!
May 2, 2018
  • Advocacy Alert: End of Session Summary
Apr. 20, 2018
  • Advocacy Alert: Important Pharmacy Priority Bills PASSED This Week!
  • Professional Privilege Tax Repeal – Failed Due to Lack of Funding
  • Other Pharmacy-Related Legislation Being Considered in Tennessee
Apr. 13, 2018
  • Advocacy Alert: Important Votes In House and Senate Next Week
Mar. 21, 2018
  • Advocacy Alert: PBM Licensing, Privilege Tax, and Other Pharmacy Priorities!
  • 2nd Webinar Opportunity—Tennessee MTM in Medicaid Pilot Program:
    How to Obtain a TennCare Medicaid Provider ID Number
Mar. 9, 2018
  • Advocacy Alert: PBM Licensing, Privilege Tax, and Other Pharmacy Priorities!
Mar. 8, 2018
  • Important Opioid Update! Governor Haslam’s Opioid Reform Bill
Mar. 6, 2018
  • TN Together: Community Solutions to End the Opioid Epidemic — Three Grand Regional Summits
Mar. 5, 2018
  • Advocacy Alert: PBM Licensing, Opioid Reform, and Other Pharmacy Priorities!
Mar. 2, 2018
  • Tennessee MTM in Medicaid Pilot Program: The Nuts and Bolts of Getting Started
Feb. 23, 2018
  • MTM in Medicaid Pilot Program Infogram
Feb. 23, 2018
  • Advocacy Alert: Contact Your Legislators Today!
Feb. 14, 2018
  • CE Opportunities: Two New Webinars Next Week!
    —Free CE Credit for TPA Members—
    $30 for Non-members
Feb. 13, 2018
  • The PBM Industry Needs Oversight… And They Just Might Get It
Feb. 8, 2018
  • TPA Collaborates with NCPA: Enhanced Services Boot Camp
    Sunday, February 25, 2018 – Nashville, TN

2017
Dec. 19, 2017
  • IMPORTANT — TennCare Changes to the Coverage of Opioids, Effective January 16, 2018
July 26, 2017
  • 3 Upcoming Meetings — Something for Everyone!
June 16, 2017
  • TPA Summer Meeting 2017 – July 7-9 | Kingsport, TN
    Registration Deals end Monday, June 19!
May 1, 2017
  • Legislative Contacts Needed Today!
Apr. 8, 2017
  • Executive Update – Pharmacist-Provided Care: It’s All About Our Patients!
Mar. 27, 2017
  • DEA Alert: Fax-Based Phishing Scam Targets Pharmacies
Mar. 21, 2017
  • Advocacy Alert – Act Now!
Mar. 20, 2017
  • TennCare Changes
  • Tennessee Handbook on Pharmacy and Drug Law
Mar. 13, 2017
  • TennCare Payment Changes
Mar. 8, 2017
  • Make Your Voice Heard: 2017 NCPA Congressional Pharmacy Fly-In, April 26-24 | WASHINGTON, DC
Mar. 6, 2017
  • Webinar Opportunity: Introduction to the Nuts And Bolts of Collaborative Practice, March 9, 2017
Mar. 3, 2017
  • Legislative Update: Contact Your Legislators Today!
  • “Why Am I Not Getting Email from TPA?”
Feb. 15, 2017
  • TennCare Pharmacy Reimbursement Stakeholder Meeting
Jan. 27, 2017
  • Register Today for the 2017 Community Pharmacy Workshop
Jan. 24, 2017
  • Pharmacy Provider Status Legislation Re-Introduced in U.S. House and Senate!
Jan. 23, 2017
  • FDA Issues Final Guidance on Compounding
  • Free CE Webinar: Volunteer to Save a Life
Jan. 19, 2017
  •  TPA Receives CPF Grant to Study Integration of Community Pharmacists in Primary Care
  • We Want to Hear from You!
Jan. 18, 2017
  • Center for Medicaid and CHIP* Services Releases Guidance on Increasing Pharmacists’ Role
Jan. 13, 2017
  • TennCare Extends Deadline for Professional Dispensing Fee (PDF) Survey
Jan. 4, 2017
  • TPA Is Gearing Up for Another Productive Year!

2016
Dec. 23, 2016
  • Important Information: TennCare Pharmacy Stakeholder Meeting Follow-Up
Dec. 19, 2016
  • Reminder: Tennessee Pharmacy Professionals Are Invited to TennCare Stakeholders Meeting TOMORROW
  • For TPA Members…
Dec. 14, 2016
  • Tennessee Pharmacy Professionals Invited to TennCare Stakeholders Meeting
Dec. 1, 2016
  • Governor Haslam Suspends Certain Dispensing Laws/Rules to Help Victims of Recent Natural Disasters
Nov. 9, 2016
  • OSHA Update: Live Training Webinars
Sept. 14, 2016
  • OSHA Update: Live Training Webinars
Aug. 18, 2016
  • Attention: Independent Pharmacy Owners Attending the NCPA Annual Convention, October 15-19, in New Orleans, LA
July 26, 2016
  • Preparing for “Tomorrow” with the TPREF Emerging Leaders Program
July 25, 2016
  • APhA/TPREF “Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery” Certificate Training Program
June 20, 2016
  • Humana Rx Quality Network Information
June 8, 2016
  • Provider Notice: Major PDL Changes Effective July 1 and July 20
May 12, 2016
  • Registration is Now Open! TPA 129th Summer Meeting
Apr. 27, 2016
  • 2016 Legislative Session Ends: Big Wins for Patient Care and Pharmacy Practice!
Apr. 25, 2016
  • FDA Proposes Ban on Offi ce Use Compounding
Mar. 30, 2016
  • URGENT: Assistance From ALL TPA Members Needed TODAY!
Mar. 23, 2016
  • Seeking High-Performing Community Pharmacies in Tennessee for Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network
Feb. 24, 2016
  • Advocacy Alert! Important Votes This Week: Contact Your Legislators Today!
Feb. 22, 2016
  • TPA Winter Meetings Early Registration Savings End Today
  • 2016 Community Pharmacy Workshop
Jan. 26, 2016
  • 2016 Community Pharmacy Workshop

2015
Sept. 18, 2015
  • Magellan Clarifies Process for Recent TennCare Claims Audit
  • APhA Addresses Changes to Medicare Part D for 2016
Aug. 31, 2015
  • Attention: Independent Pharmacy Owners Attending the NCPA Annual Convention, October 10-14, 2015, in Washington, DC
May 29, 2015
  • TPA Legislative Efforts Help Pharmacists & Patients in 2015
Apr. 10, 2015
  • TennCare Pharmacy Cuts: OpEd by TPA President & Independent Pharmacy Owner Jim McBride on Tennessean.com
Apr. 16, 2015
  • Call for 2015 TPA and TSHP Award Nominations
Mar. 6, 2015
  • Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Certificate Program, April 25, 2015, Knoxville, TN
Mar. 5, 2015
  • Advocacy Alert:
    • Interchangeable Biological Products
    • Proposed TennCare Budget Cuts
Feb. 5, 2015
  • 2015 Community Pharmacy Workshop: Identifying and Managing Key Drivers of Value to Improve Your Bottom Line
Jan. 29, 2015
  • Pharmacists’ Input Requested for Resident’s Research
  • MidYear Meetings
Jan. 16, 2015
  • MidYear Meetings
Jan. 16, 2015
  • Pharmacists’ Input Requested for Resident’s Research
  • National Governors Association Supports Expanding Role of Pharmacists