Six-month freeze on applications for Integrated Community Pharmacy Services Agre
22/03/2019 2:54:14 p.m.

Friday 22 March 2019

Six-month freeze on applications for Integrated Community Pharmacy Services Agreements

Lakes DHB has placed a freeze on applications for Integrated Community Pharmacy Services agreements.

A range of documents, reports and plans have helped inform the direction of community pharmacy in New Zealand. These include the New Zealand Health Strategy, Pharmacy Action Plan 2016-2020, and Integrated Pharmacist Services in the Community, which identify pharmacist services as an essential part of an integrated model of care, delivered in innovative ways across a broad range of settings, to enable all New Zealanders equitable access to medicines and healthcare services.

At present, Lakes District Health Board does not have a contracting policy for pharmacy services.

The Integrated Community Pharmacy Services Agreement (ICPSA) is a nationally negotiated and agreed contract. It was introduced nationwide on 1 October 2018 and is an evergreen contract, replacing the previous national agreement, the Community Pharmacy Services Agreement (CPSA).

In order to confirm and implement a community pharmacy strategy for the Lakes DHB area, the DHB has placed a halt on all new Integrated Community Pharmacy Services Agreements, effective from mid-March for up to six months.

Lakes DHB wishes to consult on its draft community pharmacy strategy that will guide future DHB decisions and actions about pharmacy. A pharmacy services contracting policy, stemming from this strategy, will specify how and under which conditions Lakes DHB will purchase pharmacy services, particularly via the Integrated Community Pharmacy Services Agreements (ICPSA).

The policy will:
• Make reference to how an applicant will contribute to the reduction of health inequities
• Outline what services the DHB expects to be delivered from the pharmacy
• Indicate how the pharmacy will ensure continuous quality improvement of its services.

The draft strategy is expected to be completed in time for it to be approved by the Lakes DHB Board at its June or July 2019 meeting. The policy is expected to be completed and approved by the chief executive in time for new ICPSA applications from 15 September 2019.

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