Alabama Pharmacy Services Network (APSN)
Pharmacy Health Services (PHS) in the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy provides training for pharmacists who wish to join the Alabama Pharmacy Services Network (APSN). Pharmacists within the network are currently reimbursed for providing biometric screenings within their pharmacies for State of Alabama state and local government employees who are eligible for the State Employees’ Insurance Board (SEIB) HealthWatch® program (to learn more about SEIB’s HealthWatch® program click here). Through HealthWatch® state employees receive a discount on their health insurance premiums if they participate in this program and complete all requirements. The biometric screenings must be completed annually in order to have continued discounts, and both the employee and their adult dependents on SEHIP are eligible for the HealthWatch® benefit. Since state and local government employees, dependents, and early retirees are located throughout the state of Alabama, SEIB needs a network of pharmacists to provide an conveniently accessible biometric screening point within Alabama communities for their beneficiaries.
APSN pharmacists who participate are reimbursed for providing a biometric screening that includes measurement of height, weight, BMI, waist circumference, blood pressure, blood glucose, and lipids. If the results are above a threshold value, APSN pharmacists are authorized to provide a physician referral to the patient. The PHS training program provides all information on implementing these services within the community pharmacy setting including establishing clinical services, providing patient care, documenting care, reporting results, and billing for services. The PHS program provides 18 hours of ACPE continuing education for pharmacists.
In the future, SEIB plans to increase the types of medication therapy management services that APSN pharmacists provide for eligible state and local government employees.
To review current APSN participants, click here.
Last Updated: Oct. 20, 2014